Aside from the obvious things, like breathing air or living on Earth, I’ve discovered that I have a few things in common with Reese Witherspoon. Maybe you will too.
She’s the California girl who conquered Harvard Law and caught a murderer thanks to her knowledge of hair perms. She’s Rachel Green’s baby sister. She’s part of the stellar cast of Big Little Lies.
She, and by she I mean Reese Witherspoon, has also shared her healthy habits on Instagram. And you know what, I share some of those healthy habits!
Start the day with water
Now, I’m no fan of the pseudoscience behind the lemon water craze (more on that in this classic blog post) but I do subscribe to the idea of keeping a glass by the bed and starting the morning with some much needed hydration.
Get 10 minutes of natural light a day
Okay, I’ll hold my hand up and admit that this isn’t something I do every day. Do I sit in front of the window as I work from home? Yes. But do I actually leave my home every day? No, I can go a couple of comfortable days without stepping outside, but the benefits of fresh air and stretching the legs are clear.
In the summer, getting outside helps you get some essential vitamin D (don’t forget your sunscreen though) and at any time of the year, you’ll reap the benefits of gentle exercise and improved focus.
Read every day
Yep, I definitely do this. This is one healthy habit that I started a couple of years to and have actually stuck with. I start reading, then set my Lumie clock to sunset mode and slowly feel myself drifting off when the light gets too low to carry on. Bliss.
Be in bed by 10pm
Hmmmm, I’m more a fan of being in bed by 10.30 or even 11 but whatever time you go to bed, consistency and plenty of rest is key.
I’ve been wearing my FitBit for the past few months and learning about my sleep habits. I’ve learned that if I go to bed too early I miss out on vital deep sleep (which helps with physical recovery after exercise) and wake up more often. Now, I go to bed a little bit later and actually achieve higher quality sleeping patterns as a result – but still make sure to read and slowly dim the lights.
But wait, I’m like Ina Garten too?
After Reese shared her healthy living tips, the queen of the Food Network, Ina Garten, piped up with her top tips:
“To quote @reesewitherspoon – That sounds great but I’m probably not doing any of those things! LOL!! My formula is easier to follow: 1. Drink more large cosmos 2. Stay up late watching addictive streaming series, 3. Stay in bed in the morning playing Sudoku instead of reading a good book. 4. Spend more time (safely) with people you love. In a pandemic, I do what I can!”
I don’t think I can disagree with Ina. I don’t really drink many cosmo’s anymore but I definitely drank a lot more during lockdowns and binge watched plenty of series in that time… and current times.
Find what feels good
At the end of the day, healthy habits aren’t universal. There’s a lot of advice out there and it’s not always possible to follow every single piece of advice at the same time.
So, while I share a few things in common with Reese and Ina, I have my own individual habits and you undoubtedly will too.