Bloom – 14 pledges to consider for #mycooppledge

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 01/03/2016 | Category: Community

Launching on March 1st, Bloom is a Health & Wellbeing programme from Central England Co-operative focusing on helping you feel great. 

Every month, Bloom will offer fun and engaging content which will help encourage and support our colleagues, members and customers to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle.

To launch this initiative we are asking you to make a #mycooppledge via Twitter.  The pledge can be anything that you would like to improve on in 2016. 

If you need some inspiration for potential pledges to post on #mycooppledge, we have put together 14 suggestions below:

         1. I’m going to spend more time with the people that matter to me

In this digital age of social media, we can often forget the importance of spending time with our friends and family face to face, sharing emotions rather than emoticons.

         2. I’m going to walk 10,000 steps a day

As the days grow lighter, so (hopefully) does our propensity to get out and do a little more walking.  We all walk on average between 3,000 and 4,000 steps per day.  By increasing this to 10,000 steps you could burn around 400 calories.  With regular walking shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, grabbing your trainers and a pedometer could be a great pledge for 2016.

         3. I’m going to make time for breakfast

Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel and research has shown that those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.  Skipping breakfast because you fancied an extra 10 minutes in bed means you are more likely to reach for the high sugar and fatty mid-morning snacks.

If you need some inspiration, we have put together an easy to prepare granola recipe, which you can find by clicking here

         4. I’m going to achieve a better work-life balance

We work some of the longest hours in Europe, so chances are that when Britain’s parents get home from a long day there isn’t much energy left to tackle the kid’s equation homework.  So making small changes at work, either by changing your working hours or simply making the tiniest changes to your routine can make a big difference, to your children and you.

I’m going to drink more water
In 2010, a report from The European Food Safety Authority suggested that the minimum levels of water consumption should be 2 litres for men and 1.6 litres for women, or between eight and ten glasses.

Your body depends on water to survive and the importance of hydration for work and exercise performation should not be underestimated.

        5. I’m going to improve my diet

A well balanced diet is not just about your 'five or more a day', it is about eating the right amount and range of foods for your lifestyle. Fruit and vegetables contain vital nutrients that help us to stay healthy; they can also help reduce the risk of some cancers, heart disease and stroke.

        6. I’m going to get involved in my local community

It can be incredibly rewarding to utilise your skills and experience to make a difference in your local community.  Click here, to find out a little about the type of projects that Central England have supported recently.

         7. I’m going to be happier

It is well known among social psychologists now that the simple act of smiling can make you happier and healthier, even if your smile is a forced one!

         8. I‘m going to turn off the TV

It is estimated we spend around 10 years of our lifetime glued to the box in the corner.  But rather than demonizing the use of the beloved TV; maybe you could spend mealtimes away from the set or organise one family night a week without any electronic devices.

         9. I’m going to more to help out around the house

This may sound a bit 1970s, but never underestimate how a team approach to household chores can make a massive difference to the equilibrium in a relationship.  Like me, if washing up, rather than cooking is your main role in the kitchen, why not choose one night where the roles are reversed?

       10. I’m going to get more quality sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours between the sheets a priority.  And too further complicate matters, stimulants from caffeine laden drinks, smartphones, tablets and TVs can interfere with our circadian rhythm or natural sleep/wake cycle.

Making a few small changes to your evening schedule, could result in a more restful night’s sleep.

       11. I’m going to become tidier

A tidy home or uncluttered desk can increase productivity and even improve your mood!

       12. I’m going to pick up new skills or hobbies

Now is the time to look at learning that new language or buying that mountain bike and using that free-time in a constructive manner, whilst having fun!

       13. I’m going to learn to cook

A poll by the BBC in 2015 illustrated that 60% of 16-24 year olds leave home without the ability to prepare and cook more than four dishes.  Basic life skills are on the endangered list, with fewer young adults able to perform even the simplest of tasks like ironing a shirt.

It is never too late though and we have put together some simple, healthy recipes, which you will find on our YouTube channel here or by viewing below.

    14. I'm going to become more romantic

A few romantic gestures here and there can really be healthier for a relationship.  A spontaneous bunch of flowers or chocolate treat should bever be underestimated.

We will be updating you with Bloom news every month.  To make a pledge, tweet using the hashtag #mycooppledge  and if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in the Bloom campaign, you can contact us here.

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