With the start of a fresh new year comes an intense feeling of motivation and determination … am I right? Now is the perfect time to set yourself some healthy lifestyle goals for the year ahead! I’ve rounded eight of my top healthy lifestyle goals for the Cape Town girl for 2016 to help you get your list started!
#1: Do a juice cleanse
I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously guilty of stuffing my face with all things sugary and processed over the holidays! The best way to eliminate toxins and clean out your system is by doing a juice cleanse. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and energised you’ll be left feeling at the end of your green juice binge! One-Juice and Orchard on Long both offer some fantastic and affordable juice cleanse programmes. To read about my latest juice cleanse experience, go here.
#2: Go on hikes
Our city has an abundance of natural beauty to offer … and what better way to take it all in than by going on a hike? Make it your goal to hike a new trail once every two or three months. What better way to get fit than by breathing in all of Cape Town’s beauty at the same time? Start with a hiking trail that’s not too intense, such as Lion’s Head or Elephant’s Eye, and then move onto more serious trails, such as Table Mountain.
#3: Stock up on healthy eats
Contrary to popular belief, healthy food can actually be delicious! Put it this way … I’ve never met a jar of nut butter or a frozen fruit smoothie I didn’t like. Stock your cupboards with some delicious and nutritious treats from some of our local heath food stores like Wellness Warehouse and you’ll see for yourself how easy it is to get into a healthy eating routine!
#4: Visit a farmer’s market
Looking for fresh, organic produce to create healthy meals? Then your local farmer’s market is just the place to visit. Markets like the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and Root 44 market both have loads of fresh and flavourful fruits, vegetables, meats, jams and baked goods on offer. And, yes, you can be totally sure that everything is 100% organic or grass-fed.
#5: Invest in a blender
While a quality blender can be pricy, it’ll help you whip up delicious and nutritious drinks up in a snap. You can pack pretty much anything into a smoothie … kale, broccoli, celery, or anything you don’t quite enjoy the taste of in solid form. Sipping on a smoothie is the quickest and easiest way of taking in all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs function optimally. And, yes, green smoothies taste better than they look – I promise.
#6: Try high-intensity interval training
Strong is the new skinny, isn’t it? And that’s exactly why you must try high-intensity interval training (HIIT)! This intense yet ever-so-rewarding form of exercise helps build a healthy heart, increase your metabolism, burn fat and build muscle. Plus, it’s loads of fun! Simply find a friend to tag along and hit one of our local studios, such as SWITCH Playground or SWEAT 1000.
Meditation is a wonderful way of relaxing your mind and body while becoming more in tune with your spiritual self. Until you try it, you won’t believe the incredible benefits that it brings to your health, such as lowered stress levels, improved core strength and promotion of heart health. You can practise yoga in your home, at the gym, at a yoga studio, or even on Sea Point Promenade. Join the Yoga on the Prom by Greenpop Facebook group here for more details.
#8: Eat at a healthy café
Our city is practically littered with fabulous fresh and healthy eateries … and if you aren’t eating at them, you can be sure you’re missing out! For a list of some of Cape Town’s best healthy spots to grab some grub, go here. Ditch the fast food for juices, smoothies, salads and wraps, and soon enough you’ll be hooked on the healthy stuff … take my word!