2022 : How to Be A Better You




Every new year, people make new year's resolution and usually their resolution is to be the best version of themselves.We have so many plans to improve ourselves at the start of the year but most often we don’t push thru with it because we get lost along the way. Changes doesn’t have to be drastic,small changes is ok because it’s still progress.  So I listed some things that you may want to check out to be the best version of yourself this 2022.


Exercise

Being healthy is super important especially during this pandemic and regular exercise has a lot of benefits like it makes you happier, improve symptoms of anxiety,reduces stress, increase your energy level, reduce the risk of chronic disease,help skin healthy,improve sleep quality and it makes you lose weight.

Basic equipments to help you with your fitness journey.




Walk Pad

Running outside can be a bit of a struggle most especially nowadays you need to wear a mask when going outdoors so I suggest why not walk inside the comfort of your home. So walkpad is basically a treadmill alternative that's compact,lightweight and portable. It's a perfect device for those who have small spaces.





Yoga Mat / Exercise Mat

I believe this the most essential item you need to have when starting your fitness journey. Yoga mats are not only limited in doing yoga but it also serves as a cushion protection when doing other kinds of workout. These mats provide comfort,cleanliness,support and safety.




Workout Routine

You don't need to spend a lot of money to start your fitness journey. There are workout videos in YouTube but if you want more variety, you can download FREE apps to help you with your fitness journey. One of my favorite apps is the NTC which means Nike Training Club,it can customize your workout based on your muscle group target,workout focus and equipments.



Eat Healthy / Drink Healthy

Working out and eating healthy do work hand in hand for you be healthier and they also have the same benefits.

I'm sharing to you guys some gadgets and tips and tricks that can help you to start eating healthy.



Portable Blender

It is ideal when dieting or trying to eat or drink healthy because it let’s you drink these healthy shakes on the go. Drinking shakes increases consumption of fruits and vegetables,it increases fiber intake by adding high fiber foods into your smoothie,shakes can also be a meal replacement and it helps manage food cravings.

Just remember: 

  • If drinking smoothies for weight loss, be sure to select low sugar, low carbohydrate, and low-fat ingredients
  • Measure ingredients carefully so you can calculate an accurate nutritional content
  • Balance the sugar in fruits with dark leafy green vegetables, like kale or spinach, which can deliver a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, and other nutrients; usually, you would limit fruit to one cup
  • Remember that flavored yogurts have higher sugar content than plain, unflavored yogurt that only contains the natural milk sugar lactose
  • Healthy homemade smoothies are best made with nutritional options like one-percent milk, unsweetened soy milk or unsweetened almond milk; can also use antioxidant-rich green tea or no-calorie water
  • Breakfast smoothies should be high-fiber and high-protein
  • Snack smoothies should be low sugar and low calorie




White Rice Alternatives

Since rice is a staple in Filipino diet, it will be a challenge to completely eliminate it, trying out other kinds of rice or rice alternatives when craving for rice. 



Black rice  is is the number one nutritional rock star when it comes to rice varieties. It's high in fiber and nutrients that lower cholesterol, promote healthy digestion, and stave off chronic disease. "Black rice has been shown to have the highest level of antioxidants of all rice varieties.




Brown rice is a highly nutritious, gluten-free grain that contains an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals and beneficial compounds.

Consuming whole grains like brown rice can help prevent or improve several health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.

Not to mention, swapping refined grains like white rice for brown rice may even help you lose weight. Brown rice is a versatile carb that can be eaten at any time of day.

Any way you choose to eat this healthy whole grain, you will be making a wise choice for your overall health.

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Job’s Tears or Adlai rice is another great white rice alternative. Job's tears contains chemicals that might interfere with cancer cell growth. Other chemicals might also have antioxidant effects and might also decrease growth of bacteria and parasites. There were studies that said that fiber contained in Job's tears might decrease how much fat and cholesterol the body absorbs.





Air Fryer 

By most measures, air frying is healthier than frying in oil. It cuts calories by 70% to 80% and has a lot less fat. that can promote weight loss.

This cooking method might also cut down on some of the other harmful effects of oil frying like acrylamide that has link to the development of some cancers,including endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, breast, and esophageal cancer.

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Drink Tea

Tea revs up your metabolism,it’s anti-inflammatory,reduces risk of dying from certain chronic diseases,improve insuline sensitivity,good for your brain,may help prevent cancer,improve oral health,boost fertility,hydrating and it’s good for your gut.

There are 4 types of teas, black,green,oolong and white and they offer different benefits so you might want to check out this link to know their different benefits.

Different Types of Tea and their Benefits


Look Healthy

Taking care of your body’s largest organ is super important since “The reality is that our skin in so many ways is a ‘check engine light’ for our internal health. When skin looks and feels good, we tend to feel better about ourselves,” says  Erum Ilyas, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with Montgomery Dermatology in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Though exercise makes your skin glow and healthy, additional care won't hurt right?



Having a skincare routine this pandemic has a lot of benefits like it provides stability in your day that benefits your mental health, it also makes you focus on doing something nice for yourself help stop a worry spiral and pampering skin on a regular basis triggers a cascade of chemicals in your brain to boost your mood. 

If you want to learn more as to why doing a skin care routine is good for mental health, read this


For Skin care, For my skincare,I wash my face using Missha’s Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam, use toner either from My Skin Origins’ Hydrate Toner Mist. For serums and creams, I am using Nacific’s Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence, Fresh Herb Origin Serum and Laneige Water Sleeping Mask.








Taking care of your body is not only limited to external but don’t forget to take care care of your body inside most especially during this pandemic . 

Whereas for my vitamins, I'm currently taking this, this multi-vitamin packs is ideal for women in their 30s,FANCL also has this multi-vitamin pack for men and women in 20s,40s,50s and 60s.

Vitamin B Complex 

B vitamins play a vital role in maintaining good health and well-being. As the building blocks of a healthy body, B vitamins have a direct impact on your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism.

Vitamin B complex helps prevent infections and helps support or promote cell health, growth of red blood cells, energy levels, good eyesight, healthy brain function, good digestion, healthy appetite, proper nerve function, hormones and cholesterol production, cardiovascular health and muscle tone.


Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning your body can’t produce it. Yet, it has many roles and has been linked to impressive health benefits.It may reduce risk of chronic disease, manage high blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, reduce blood uric acid levels and help prevent gout attacks.In addition,Vitamin C helps prevent iron deficiency, boosts immunity and protects your memory and thinking as you age.


Bilberry Extract

Bilberries are rich in antioxidants, which are beneficial plant compounds that help protect your body against damage and disease.It’s most popular for their purported ability to improve vision particularly night vision. They also help fight inflammation,lower blood sugar levels,improve heart health and improve brain function.


CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a compound that helps generate energy in your cells.

Your body produces CoQ10 naturally, but its production tends to decrease with age. Fortunately, you can also get CoQ10 through supplements or foods.

Health conditions like heart disease, brain disorders, diabetes, and cancer have been linked to low levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 may help treat heart failure,it could help with fertility,it also helps keeping your skin young,help with diabetes,might play a role in cancer prevention, and it’s good for the brain.


Collagen

I’m taking the HTC Collagen which is patented by the brand FANCL,this HTC collagen has smaller molecules than other types of collagen which makes  your body absorb it more and faster.

Collagen has many important functions, including providing your skin with structure and strengthening your bones. Drinking or taking collagen can improve skin health,relieve joint pain,prevent bone loss,boost muscle mass,promotes heart health and increase the strength of your nails and hair.

Try Out New Hobbies

To be a better you,why not try a new hobby? Studies show that hobbies benefit our mental health which is super important during this pandemic.

Hobbies have shown to give us lower stress, better physical health, more sleep, more social connections, improved work performance, and increased happiness. 

If you want to start a hobby but don’t know where to start,check this out


Some hobbies I can suggest that are popular these days is

Diamond Painting




What is diamond painting?

According to Jennifer Chu,director of sales and e-commerce for Diamond Art Club, diamond painting is a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers. "You use an applicator to apply hundreds of sparkling resin rhinestones, one-by-one, on an adhesive color-coded canvas painting," she explains. The end result is a vivid, shimmering work of art. Each piece can be framed and hung in your office, gifted to a loved one, or kept for yourself to enjoy.

To know more about diamond painting,check this link out.

https://www.diamondartclub.com/collections/shop-diamond-art-kits




Paint By Numbers

Painting by Numbers is a system where a picture is divided into shapes, each marked with a number that corresponds to a particular color. You paint in each shape and ultimately the picture emerges as a finished painting. The paint by numbers approach is often ridiculed as being simplistic, uncreative, and formulaic.


Video Games

Video games are super popular these days and recent studies show that video games can be good for your mental health.Video games can strengthen a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation,reasoning,memory and perception.They can also improve player’s mood,promote relaxation and ward off anxiety.In addition,it is an effective tool for learning resilience in the face of failure and they also encourage cooperation if it’s a multiplayer game.

If you want to read more benefits of playing video games, check this study, The Benefits of Playing Video Games



Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact is an open-world action RPG with “gacha” (we’ll go over that later on) mechanics. In it, players control a number of party members, each with different abilities, weapons, gear, and personalities. The combat plays out in real time, allowing players to utilize ranged, melee, and elemental attacks against a wide array of enemies across the game’s open world and dungeons.

Genshin Impact is an online-only adventure that heavily leans into story and multiplayer — with many features you’d see in popular games as a service (like daily quests, rewards, loot, and other things to keep you checking in).



Mobile Legends

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game designed for mobile phones. The two opposing teams fight to reach and destroy the enemy's base while defending their own base for control of a path, the three "lanes" known as "top", "middle" and "bottom", which connects the bases. Weaker computer-controlled characters, called "minions", spawn at team bases and follow the three lanes to the opposite team's base, fighting enemies and turrets.

In each team, there are five players who each control a character, known as a "hero" using analog /joystick controls. Heroes can be grouped into 6 different roles, Marksman, Assassin, Mage, Support, Fighter, and Tank.



PUBG


PUBG MOBILE is a Battle Royale mobile game that focuses on visual quality, maps, shooting experience, and other aspects, providing an all-rounded surreal Battle Royale experience to players. A hundred players will land on the battleground to begin an intense yet fun journey. Each player is required to scavenge survival supplies, as well as to exploit the maximum potential of the map terrain, vehicles, and items to become the last team standing on the battleground. Check your heartbeat and be on guard as the playzone begins to shrink. Multiple maps are available for players to choose from.Don't forget about the array of gameplay that awaits your exploration! Till today, the influence of PUBG MOBILE does not merely serve its purpose as a game, it is also a hub that connects players from all over the world and a brand that encourages players to live to their fullest.

Since these video games I suggested are online you may also want to check out,PLDT Home's All New Fibr Plans that start for as low as P1699 to maximize the full gaming experience.

As Johnny Suh said, You're the most important person in your life. Taking care of yourself should not be only limited to being you new year’s resolution because you’re the one who will suffer if you don't. Just remember to have a balanced life, just do everything in moderation.


Resources :

https://www.sapnamed.com/

https://www.realsimple.com/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

https://www.healthline.com/

https://www.webmd.com/

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/02/video-game



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