How to Reboot Your Body With a Few Little Tweaks

Most new year detoxes are so extreme that it's easy to break your resolve. Be realistic and you may end up pleasantly surprised by the outcome

Audrey Hepburn soaks in the 1964 film Paris When It Sizzles. Picture / Paramount Pictures/Getty Images

If you’ve tried to commit to a New Year’s resolution before, and failed by mid-January, it’s probably because you were a little over-ambitious.

The best way to reboot your body for the new year is by making small tweaks for an overall impact, rather than taking drastic action. Here are a few things you can try.

Bath-time treats
Bathing in warm water with a handful of salts sounds relaxing (and yes, it is), but it could do great things for your overall health, too. Magnesium-rich salts are excellent problem-solvers for everything from achy joints to bad skin - but you have to bathe in the salts regularly to really feel a difference, so try to aim for a couple of times a week. If you like your baths to smell nice as well as feel nice, try adding a few drops of an essential oil to the water.

Be present with your plate
"Switch off devices and other distractions at the dinner table,” says the nutritionist Eve Kalinik. “It will feel a bit weird at first, but this will allow you to better connect and appreciate your food, which can help to tune in more to hunger signals - so you can have more of a sense of truly being full. And by chewing thoroughly you can often find positive knock-on effects to things like bloating and reflux.”

It’s no surprise mobile phones affect sleep, too. If you’re feeling very tired when you wake in the morning, ask yourself this: did you fall asleep straight after checking your phone? Chances are if you did, your brain would have had difficulty switching off.

Exercise for better skin
“For your best skin, there are two simple starting points - eating well, and seasonally, and exercising often,” says the make-up artist Wendy Rowe, who counts celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller as her clients.

"When it comes to exercise, you should include cardiovascular workouts to get the blood circulating, which will improve the oxygen level in your blood, which will in turn improve the skin.” Even two or three short sessions of cardio a week will make a visible difference to your skin.

Dry body brushing
OK, so it’s nothing new, but dry body brushing is the single most important way to improve sluggish circulation and brighten the skin on your body. Kate Shapland, the founder of bodycare brand Legology, agrees - but says to avoid any body brushes that come with plastic knobbles that makes claims of being able to “break fat”.

“Body brushing cannot break up fat,” she says, “it promotes the lymph, which carries toxins away to be metabolised, and while the lymph sits just beneath your skin it only needs the lightest touch to push it along. So there is absolutely no need for you to stand there for hours scrubbing at your limbs: just short, quick flicks with natural bristles are all that’s required.”

If you’re time-poor, add a few drops of a detox oil to the bristles and brush over your body during a shower or after you have finished.

- The Daily Telegraph

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