Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

7 Ways to Boost Those Habits ; Think You're Nailing Those Healthy-Living Goals? Your Routine May Still Benefit from a Review, Says ELLA WALKER

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

7 Ways to Boost Those Habits ; Think You're Nailing Those Healthy-Living Goals? Your Routine May Still Benefit from a Review, Says ELLA WALKER

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THIS time of year is all about setting goals - but what if you're already ticking those healthyeating and lifestyle boxes? If that's the case, perhaps 2016 could be the year to push yourself a little harder.

7good Not too hard of course; that would be counter-productive, and this is all about making yourself healthier and happier, not going to extremes. However, a few little tweaks could make all the difference.

Here are seven ways to make those healthy habits even healthier...

1 YOU'RE ALREADY: Running round the park. HOW ABOUT: Signing up for a 10k.

REGULARLY jogging around the park is great for your heart and lungs, but having a goal to work towards - so you begin increasing your mileage and monitoring your progress - does wonders for boosting confidence, focusing your mind and developing your technique.

Plus, if you run alone, consider joining a club or running with a friend instead. Making it social means more fun and less time spent thinking about how much your legs are burning.

Swirl spinach porridge at ALREADY: Eating your greens.

2YOU'RE HOW ABOUT: Boosting your breakfast.

KALE and cauliflower look set to stick around as our wonder veggies of choice this year (to be fair, they are pretty delicious), but don't limit your greens intake to your evening meal. Breakfasts can be heavy on fruit, but it's also wise to balance out those natural sugars with a handful of mineral and nutrient-rich spinach (apparently, swirled in porridge you won't even be able to taste it).

ALREADY: Making big plans.

3YOU'RE HOW ABOUT: Not ignoring smaller ones.

MAKING sure you have things to look forward to, from holidays to life-changing plans you want to tick off this year (buy a house/get married/have a baby), is great for keeping you on track emotionally, but don't let these big things eclipse smaller day-to-day achievements, like finally hanging that painting, finishing a book you'd always meant to read or learning to cook something you'd never made before. …

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