HOW TO BE WELLE IN 2019

Easy ways to be an even bet­ter you (think turbo barre).

ELLE (Australia) - - Contents -

…FOR­GET THAT TIRED CLICHÈ: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU. RE­SOLVE TO MAKE THIS THE YEAR TO IM­PROVE ON PER­FEC­TION (BE­CAUSE WE LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE)

SAY HELLO TO YEL­LOW

Glare from phones, tablets and com­puter screens is con­tribut­ing to an in­creas­ing rate of vi­sion prob­lems known as Com­puter Vi­sion Syn­drome (CVS). Pro­tect your eyes by head­ing to your phone’s set­tings and switch­ing the dis­play and bright­ness from blue light to yel­low light – or ad­just the “colour tem­per­a­ture” set­ting from “less warm” to “more warm”. Chang­ing the mode can help pro­tect your sight.

TAKE IN­VEN­TORY OF YOUR CHEM­I­CAL EX­PO­SURE

It’s scary to think about, but be­ing aware of how many chem­i­cals you in­ter­act with ev­ery day is im­por­tant, and tiny tweaks make a dif­fer­ence. Whether they be pes­ti­cides from pro­duce or dyes and by-prod­ucts from plas­tics, cloth­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing, beauty prod­ucts and fra­grances, re­solve to make in­formed de­ci­sions. Start by swap­ping tra­di­tional house­hold clean­ers and de­ter­gents for nat­u­ral ones — your car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem will thank you for it.

LEAVE YOUR COM­FORT ZONE

Get an en­dor­phin fix with these new classes…

BARRE BODY EL­E­MENTS

Aus­tralia’s pre­mier barre stu­dio’s new chore­ographed class, El­e­ments, ticks all the com­po­nents of a full-body work­out in a fun new for­mat. Flow­ing car­dio will make you sweat, while a strength­en­ing and ton­ing sec­tion will sculpt lean mus­cles. End with stretch­ing and mind­ful med­i­ta­tion, so you leave feel­ing up­lifted yet grounded. A new El­e­ments se­quence is re­leased ev­ery eight weeks, so there’s no chance you’ll be bored.

CYCOLOGY CLUB

If mu­sic is your work­out mo­ti­va­tion, try this up­beat in­door cy­cling stu­dio that’s all about find­ing the beat and rid­ing to the rhythm. There’s no doubt you’ll be huff­ing and puff­ing thanks to the chal­leng­ing pace, but you’ll be hav­ing too much fun to even en­ter­tain thoughts of quit­ting.

BARRY’S BOOTCAMP

Just a few months into its ar­rival and the lat­est US fit­ness im­port is al­ready a heart-pound­ing suc­cess Down Un­der. In­tense car­dio bursts (thanks to the tread­mill sprints), mixed with strength­en­ing sets (thanks to us­ing hand weights), per­formed in a dark, room to boom­ing mu­sic, is the fit­ness hat-trick we’ve all been wait­ing for.

KEEP IT MIN­ERAL

Broad-spec­trum SPF is now a beauty rou­tine non-ne­go­tiable, but some for­mu­la­tions con­tain chem­i­cals that leave skin ir­ri­tated, mak­ing it hard to swear to use them re­li­giously. Opt for zinc, which pro­tects against rays with­out any un­wanted side ef­fects. Tra­di­tion­ally white and chalky, the lat­est for­mu­la­tions are now sheer or tinted, mak­ing them the per­fect base to wear un­der makeup or sim­ply solo.

DIY DATA

In an age where trans­parency is ev­ery­thing, at-home urine test­ing is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity thanks to com­pa­nies such as We Test On­line – get it? For a heads-up on hy­dra­tion, ke­tones, white blood cell count, vi­ta­min C lev­els and more, wee on the en­closed ph strip and re­sist the urge to google the re­sults. The test will flag if it’s worth vis­it­ing a GP. Head to wete­ston­line.com.

FILL UP ON FI­BRE

There’s noth­ing sexy about it, but eat­ing nat­u­ral sources of fi­bre will work won­ders on your gut. Pre­bi­otics – such as those in whole grains and leafy greens – are the build­ing blocks needed for the gut to cre­ate healthy bac­te­ria spe­cific to your biome. The lat­est re­search sug­gests pre­bi­otics are po­ten­tially more ben­e­fi­cial than over-the-counter pro­bi­otics, which aren’t tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual needs.

UN­CROSS YOUR LEGS

There are im­por­tant lymph nodes in your groin area and cross­ing your legs can slow down their vi­tal detox­i­fi­ca­tion and cir­cu­la­tion func­tion. Make a men­tal note to un­cross and straighten up when sit­ting for an in­stant blood-flow boost.

NET­FLIX AND CHILL THE FIN­NISH WAY

Scan­di­navia con­tin­ues to be life­style in­spi­ra­tion (The in­te­ri­ors! The fash­ion! The parental leave!) and the lat­est trend to emerge from its neigh­bour Fin­land fol­lows suit. Their ver­sion of self-care? Pants­drunk: re­lax­ing on the couch with a drink in hand, wear­ing noth­ing but un­der­wear. The au­thor of Pants­drunk (Kal­sarikanni): The Fin­nish Path To Re­lax­ation says it’s “the path to re­cov­ery and self-em­pow­er­ment”. With­out hav­ing read a page, we’re on board.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY CHRISTO­PHER COL­LIE

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