We like to stay fit, happy and healthy here at Lenguaventura in order to feel our best for our active lifestyle. But during the festive period it’s easy to get distracted when food’s aplenty! There’s no better time than New Year to set yourself some new goals to get back on track and keep healthy. Pick up some tips via our healthy new year’s resolutions guide below.
Get enough sleep
Did you know one of the most healthy things for your body is sleep? An average teenager needs between 8-10 hours of sleep each night to ensure you get the adequate rest your body needs after the physical and mental demands of everyday life. Discover more about the importance of sleep via the National Sleep Foundation and follow these 8 easy sleep tips for teenagers via WebMD.
It sounds simple doesn’t it? Being active – but sometimes it can be harder to achieve than you think. It’s recommended that teenagers and adults alike are active for at least 30 minutes a day but on some occasions when find yourself being driven to school and sitting down to study all day, your daily activity can pass you by. Why not set yourself some activity goals in the new year, such as walking to school a few times a week; playing a sport during lunchtime; or taking up an after school hobby such as hockey, swimming or netball. Activities like these will ensure you get the recommended amount of activity each day in order to keep you fit and healthy, inside and out.
Don’t skip lunch
We know how tempting it can be for girls at school to skip lunch and instead save your lunch money for fun or shopping at the weekend with your friends. But did you know this is really bad for your health? Skipping meals can cause a lack of concentration, sluggishness and can even make you gain weight too! Make a new year’s resolution to use lunchtime as an opportunity to sit down with friends and catch up over a healthy lunch. Read more about the science behind skipping meals via Seventeen.
Don’t use your phone before bedtime
It’s tempting to spend those hours before bedtime, glued to the TV, your phone or other electronics. Did you know this can be really bad for your sleep pattern? We’re sure you know what it’s like to get stuck on social media that started as an innocent peek which turns into minutes if not hours of endless scrolling before bedtime. The blue light that shines out of your phone screen disrupts the production of melatonin – the chemical in your body that regulates your sleep cycle – which can cause sleeplessness as well as depression, anxiety and weight gain.
Make sure you turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime, so your body can wind down and take a rest from the information overload lurking on the internet. A great way to drift off to sleep is to read a book or write an entry in your diary – it’ll keep you entertained without exposing yourself to harmful and disruptive light at bedtime. Find out the facts about using your phone at night and some tips to reduce this via BBC.