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7 Ways to Transform Your Health, Fitness and Wellbeing this New Year
Everyday wellness in 2022 and beyond
- Wake Up Energised and Refreshed
It’s oh-so easy as soon as the alarm sounds to get out of bed and to read messages, put the news on or even ‘doomscroll’ through social media platforms, but it’s not going to put you in the best frame of mind for the day ahead. Instead, set your alarm a little earlier – you could even invest in a light therapy clock (click and collect from Waitrose & Partners) that simulates the sunrise – so that you can wake up gently. Then plan a morning routine to stick to, and if you can, try to avoid using any digital devices before starting your working day.
Other simple changes such as swapping caffeinated drinks for herbal tea – head to Yumtea and Whittard of Chelsea for suggested blends from its tea experts, or drinking hot water with fresh slices of lemon in it to kick-start your immune system – and eating a nutritional breakfast (Pure and SuperNatural have options that are packed with goodness) can make all of the difference; start the day – and year – as you mean to go on.
- Get Moving
We all know that exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals that boost mood naturally. Therefore, although you may not feel like putting your trainers on in the depths of winter due to the dark mornings and evenings, if you put in the effort and head to the gym or to an exercise class, you will be sure to reap the rewards. Canary Wharf has plentiful options to choose from including Third Space, Sweat by BXR and Barry’s, or for an at-home activity invest in Peloton for both equipment and workout gear to look the part, while ASICS and BOSS also have an impressive selection of exercise wear.
For those struggling with motivation, here’s a top tip: make some form of commitment to exercise such as scheduling in a workout with a friend, booking a specific class or even hiring a personal trainer – the latter will also help you to work towards, and eventually reach, your fitness goals.
- Take Your Vitamins
A balanced diet should provide all of the vitamins you need, but supplements can plug any nutritional gaps or help to restore low levels after illness or periods of poor diet. You might have an inclination of what type of vitamins you’d like to take – for example, between October and early March our bodies don’t make enough vitamin D from the sunlight and we don’t always get enough through our diet alone, so you may purely opt for this, or for a multivitamin to cover all bases. The professionals at Holland & Barrett can advise, as can the team at vitamin drip clinic Get A Drip.
- Set Boundaries and Take Some Time Out Each Day
Whether it’s working late, answering WhatsApp messages or trying to get to the bottom of what seems like a never-ending list of things to do, put these tasks aside to ensure that you have some time to yourself each day. This could be by going to an exercise class, reading a book from Waterstones, or simply watching that half-hour programme uninterrupted; whatever your escape, it’s vital to have some downtime.
- Slow the Pace Down
Mind, body and soul. Which one comes first? The mind. It is just as important – if not more – than the body so make sure that you check in with yourself several times a day. Yoga or meditation can really help you to be in the moment and to create mental clarity and calmness. This practice can also be taken outside in Canary Wharf’s 20 acres of landscaped gardens, parks and squares – after all, the Estate is designed to be a ‘15-minute city’ with everything necessary for everyday life within striking distance of your doorstep. Mindful moments can easily be created thanks to Canary Wharf’s waterside location, as well as its open spaces and public art that can be enjoyed at any time. Click here to find out more.
Meanwhile, you can even wind down with some retail therapy at the 300 shops a short walk away – treat yourself to the latest yoga apparel from lululemon or Sweaty Betty – and pick up a fresh protein shake from Natural Fitness Food. Other healthy drinking and dining options on the Estate include KALEIDO, The Vurger Co. At Wharf Kitchen, Wagamama’s – it has a 50 per cent plant-based menu – Chop’d and Crussh.
- Invest In Yourself
Have you ever heard the saying that you need to look after yourself first before looking after others? Well, 2022 is the year to do it. Whether it’s getting your hair done at one of Canary Wharf’s many salons – Jon Hala, Toni & Guy and seanhanna – having a manicure from London Grace or your brows shaped at Blink Brow Bar, these beauty rituals can help you to look and feel your best. The multi-award-winning Thérapie Clinic has various treatments to choose from, including laser hair removal, while Le Chalet Cryo offers an alternative take on wellness by offering whole-body cryotherapy sessions, dry hydro massage and cellular skincare products.
- Take A Whole-Body Approach
Not sure where to start when it comes to your health? BUPA Health and Dental Centre takes a rounded approach with its Health Assessments: Be.Reassured is if you need an expert opinion or peace of mind about something that might be troubling you; Be.Ahead gives in-depth information about your level of fitness while Be.Motivated helps you to make lifestyle changes to better your future self. Finally, if you’re looking to restore and renew, head to Regenerative Wellbeing, which specialises in regenerative orthopaedic issues and sports injuries, and can help you to get back to being you again.