The new year is underway, and many people are looking for ways to kickstart their wellness and improve their well-being. But what should we be doing?
Wellness really took off last year. It even became a buzzword, moving from niche to mainstream. But achieving true wellness is challenging. Even the goal of “being well” can undermine getting to a place of health. The stress and angst associated with constantly thinking about one’s health can undermine the whole effort.
Aside from that, the environment isn’t always conducive to wellness. Therefore, getting to a place of good mental and physical health isn’t always possible – at least not immediately. Often, it requires a lifestyle overhaul, which is difficult to achieve quickly. So what can you do this January to kickstart your wellness and look your best? Here are some of your options.
Install A Luxury Gastro Kitchen
One option you can try is transforming your existing kitchen into a luxury gastro-cooking haven where you have all your healthy ingredients to hand. A gas cooker with eight hobs, a double-doored fridge-freezer, and a spacious pantry for all your healthy ingredients can help you turn over a new leaf when it comes to food and enjoy yourself at the same time. When you have everything you need right there in front of you, it makes a tremendous difference.
While contractors work on the installation, you might also want to take a few cooking classes to bring your skills up to scratch. Learning how to make professional dishes can help you emulate Michelin-star quality at home, giving you more control over the food that goes into your mouth.
The trick is to incorporate more of the healthiest foods, like greens, berries, and beans, into your everyday repertoire. The more you can include these items, the better you’ll look and feel in the new year.
Upgrade Your Figure
No matter what your figure is, there are always ways you can change it and get closer to what you want. Unfortunately, it can be a stubborn thing. Our bodies have “set points,” and they will make a lot of noise and cause us problems if we try to deviate from them.
C3 Aesthetics & Wellness, a cosmetic clinic based in Texas, knows about these problems all too well. “We see a lot of clients who are doing all the right things,” it says, “but they still can’t get the figures they want. It doesn’t seem to matter how much dieting or exercise they do, their bodies don’t want to play ball.”
This stubbornness on the part of nature occurs for evolutionary reasons, but it’s annoying in an environment where food isn’t scarce. Holding onto pockets of fat means that shifting those last few pounds or getting toned arms, abs, or legs, is almost impossible.
However, C3 Aesthetics & Wellness says that times are changing. Technology is filling the gap between what people have and what they want.
“In the past, people had to go under the knife to get the figures they wanted quickly,” the outfit says. “Surgery was a common practice, and it put a lot of people off. However, non invasive fat reduction technology is exploding in popularity. Instead of cutting the skin, these systems work by disturbing fat beneath the surface and then getting the body to clear it away by itself.”
Fat is stubborn because the body wants to hoard calories, just in case there’s a famine. Of course, the likelihood of famines these days is extremely rare and has never happened in a developed democracy outside of a world war. However, our bodies don’t understand this and hold onto fat, regardless of the broader conditions. And that’s one of the reasons that exercise doesn’t seem to work all that well.
Worse still, fat cells can start pumping out unwanted inflammatory markers, worsening overall metabolic health. That’s why once weight gain starts, it becomes more challenging to stop.
“Cryo-based therapies work by inactivating fat cells under the skin while leaving healthy tissues intact,” C3 Aesthetics & Wellness says. “It’s not like liposuction where you remove these cells directly from the body. Instead, the body’s immune system clears them away over time for a more natural effect.”
Go On A Holistic Wellness Retreat
Another option you could explore to kickstart wellness and look your best in 2024 is to go on a holistic wellness retreat. These allow you to escape the world of business and work and be away from all the negative influences that could derail your efforts to take care of yourself.
These retreats take care of everything from cooking healthy gourmet meals from scratch to enabling you to access nature. You can let go of all the post-festive stress and toxicity in your body and get back to a more natural, wellness-focused life.
Research shows that taking just a couple of weeks out from work can reprogram your body to be healthier and happier. Taking time out affects thousands of genes (and the ways your body expresses them), overhauling how you look and feel. Many people finish these stints looking radiant and like they’ve “had a holiday.”
Luxury wellness retreats also focus on stress-management techniques, which is something you might want to consider if feeling anxious all the time is taking its toll on your appearance. Look for destinations offering things like floating therapy, acupuncture, and aromatherapy. Research backs up claims that these approaches work to reduce tension and foster a profound sense of relaxation that can stay with you all day.
Ensure you choose wellness retreats that actually have an effect. Don’t fall for gimmicks. Nature exposure, plant-based whole-food diets, physical activity, and sleep hygiene are all proven methods to improve health. Bullet-proof coffees and detox programs remain unproven. (Eating more broccoli might be the best detox strategy because it is one of the only proven interventions to upregulate your body’s toxin-clearing enzymes in the liver).
In summary, prioritize your well-being in 2024 to look your best. Don’t be afraid to indulge in a little “me time” to get the results you want.
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