Here at Glowcation HQ we set our intentions first and then we set our goals. The difference? A goal is a quick win to be ticked off from never ending to-do lists.

 

Intention setting changes mindsets making goals a long-term reality. Want to give setting some wellness intentions a go to make 2019 your healthiest year yet?

We’ve worked with John Lewis & Partners to help you . Let’s start with exercise.

EXERCISE:

Getting fit starts with the right kit.  Looking for some added motivation to make this your year of fitness? Dress for success and invest in the right clothing. Ladies start with a good supportive sport bra. Layer up if you are running outside with intelligent fabrics that work with your body to help improve your performance and always wear well fitting and comfortable trainers.

Here’s our round up of 3 items which will help you dress for success as you train.

1. Invest in clever fabrics .

As a big freeze hits the UK it’s easy to give up on outdoor training but summer abs are made in winter.

Keep sweat-wicking clothing on your inner layer, and put an insulating layer on top of that. Always cover your head, ears, and hands to protect them from the cold.

Invest in intelligent fabrics. We love this UnderArmour training T-shirt for the UA Siro fabric which gives greater stretch and recovery, ultra-soft feel and more breathable performance. The material wicks sweat and dries really fast while the anti-odour technology prevents the growth of odour-causing microbes. What’s not to love? 

2. No more excuses.

Beat the winter chill with Nike’s Down Fill Reversible Parka.

You’ll have no more excuses for missing those early morning classes in the dark cocooned in this.

The down insulation will keep you warm plus it’s reversible so you get two coats for the price of one. Win win!

3.Best foot forward

We love these ASICS GT-1000 7 Women’s Running Shoes in Grand Shark and Black. With balanced foot support, the design provides stability that holds up mile after mile.

They incorporate Asics’ FlyteFoam technology for a supremely smooth, comfortable, and responsive ride. And we love our Asics for giving our runs that extra bounce factor.

FOOD PREP

Eating right starts with the first chop. Make this the year to include quick and simple healthy swaps to improve the way you eat forever. Get inspired by scrolling through your Instagram feeds for some recipe ideas. Save them in your Instagram folders and then menu plan for the week ahead. Write a shopping list. Put some music on. And cook. We’ve found our three picks to help you out.

1. Eating right starts with the first chop.

These Joseph Joseph multi-award-winning chopping boards are kitchen staples at Glowcation HQ.

The clever categorisation system is designed to reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination of different food types.

The 4 colour-coded polypropylene chopping boards have contrasting, softgrip index tabs that make sure the boards are easy to select for each food type. They’re stored in a neat, textured holder so that they’re always readily to hand on your kitchen worktop. Chopping has never looked so cool.

2. Get a blender

Yes they are a big investment but the Vitamix® S30 Personal Blender is hands down our most used plant-based lifestyle item blending day in day out and which cost per use comes down every day.

We daily whizz up soups and smoothies, and weekly create the perfect pancake mix for Sunday brunches. Trust us – there is nothing this blender cannot do!

3. Drink more water

This S’well Geode Rose drinking bottle is exclusive to John Lewis & Partners and the prettiest we have found.

It’s vacuum sealed and keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, or hot for 12 hours. It has a condensation-free exterior that won’t sweat in your bag.

It’s the perfect size for taking with you to the gym or for staying hydrated on the move. The bottle’s mouth is wide enough to fit in ice cubes. We love S’well Founder and CEO Sarah Kauss’s stylish mission to rid the world of plastic bottles.

 

BEAUTY:

Beautiful skin starts with a simple regime and at Glowcation HQ we believe in clean beauty, vegan where possible and without added chemicals including parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulphates.

But we are the first to admit that those small ingredients labels can be a minefield when you want to switch up your beauty regime to something cleaner so we’ve done the hard work for you and picked our favourites.

Step 1- Cleanse.

Is your skin depleted, congested and irritated from a high-octane, 24/7 lifestyle?

We love Skyn Iceland for their vegan-friendly fresh from Iceland products. Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial botanicals, this Skyn Glacial Face Wash is a mild cleanser which detoxifies and purifies without stripping skin of its natural moisture. Skin’s harmony, balance and glow are restored.

Step 2- Tone.

You’ve got amazing, translucent, glowing skin. You just can’t see it because of the dull, flaky, broken-out, exhausted skin that’s currently covering it up.
These Skyn double-duty peel pads help deliver a one-two punch against dull, flaky, lacklustre skin suffering from chronic stress.

Lactic acid and fruit enzymes gently exfoliate while soothing natural antibacterials sweep up dirt and oil, so pores are left squeaky clean and skin looks fresh, bright and clear.

What’s more, the extremely gentle formula is infused with calming emollients and potent antioxidants to improve tone and texture and diminish fine lines – with zero irritation. And they are vegan friendly!

3. Step Three- Moisturise.

Using only the highest quality organic ingredients, Pai’s Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream gives combination skin the hydration it needs, while essential fatty acids from Borage and Thistle oils help to calm unsettled complexions and even out skin tone.

The clever non-clog formula is free from silicones and mineral oils, to minimise congestion and breakouts, and absorbs instantly to leave a super soft satin finish that makes a perfect base for make-up.

SLEEP:

Want to make 2019 your most energetic year yet? The most popular time for Brits to go bed is between 10pm-11pm according to The Sleep Council. Perhaps you are in the 1% of Brits that manages to get to bed before 9pm or the staggering 19% who go to bed after midnight? And the main reasons why Brits don’t always sleep as well as they should? One quarter blame their beds while noise and light come second and third.

Whatever your reason for skimping on sleep, it’s clear that a good night’s sleep starts with a moment of calm.

Here’s a round up of our top three products to help make 2019 your year for your best sleep ever.

1. Get a topper.

If you are amongst the 25% of Brits who blame their beds for a poor night’s sleep then consider investing in a John Lewis & Partners Natural Collection Devon Wool Mattress Topper. This luxurious topper is handcrafted in Devon. The certified 100% British wool filling is not bleached or chemically treated and features a unique needling technique which finely combs each fibre for a lofty feel. It’s naturally breathable and anti allergy.

2. Snooze with Sleepbuds

Or perhaps it’s your noisy neighbours or flatmates TV that are keeping you up at night? The clever people at Bose have created Noise-masking Sleepbuds just for you.

Instead of streaming music they deliver pre-loaded soothing sounds that cover up any external noises and help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

They link to an app so you can customise sounds and they are super comfortable so even if you sleep on your side they stay in all night long.

3. Try a sleeplight.

Do you want to make 2019 the year you leap out of bed in the morning instead of crawl out from under your duvet?

Light at the start of the day is the most effective way to reset your internal clock and daily cycle of hormones, metabolism and sleep.

The Bodyclock Starter 30 from Lumie  is ideal for use all year round, to help maintain a regular sleep and wake pattern. Bodyclock Starter 30 gently starts to brighten 30 minutes before your alarm time, waking you naturally as it reaches full brightness. You can set an alarm beep and snooze for reassurance. Studies have shown that waking up with gradual light is proven to improve the quality of sleep and awakening. With Bodyclock Starter 30, you’ll wake up brighter and feel ready for the day ahead. And the sunset feature helps you wind down naturally.

 

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