The new year is upon us, and with it comes an endless list of resolutions. Based on our very specific research (i.e., what people post on their Instagram stories), we’ve realised that when it comes to resolutions, this much is true: the vast majority of us are dedicated to focusing on health this year. And that’s with good reason! With so many gyms, group classes, and PT sessions cancelled over the last two years, finding a fitness stride has been nothing short of impossible. However, it’s high time to make 2022 your year – and to hit those health-related goals, no matter what they are.
Plus, not all health-related goals are physical. For example, you might want to focus on your mental or emotional health this year. Whether you want to learn to relax or are determined to learn to be less anxious, we know what that’s like – and we want to help. At Candid, we have a list of the top five health kicks you can try this year, and how to achieve all your goals! We also believe that with the right tools, there’s no goal too big (or too small!), so rest assured that you’ve come to the right place.
1. In 2022, we all want healthier skin!
In terms of wellness routines and physical workouts, our skin often gets overlooked. Sure, eating and sleeping better, coupled with a regular cardio session, can give you that healthy glow. However, what you put on your skin can have a significant impact – especially when it comes to how it feels. If you’re thinking about hitting the gym a little harder this year, make sure that you have a good cleansing routine at your disposal.
By cleansing your skin right after a workout, you’ll avoid that dreaded oily sheen. We all know the one – it starts mid-way through an intense workout, and lasts throughout the day. No amount of matte powder can will it away, either. However, with a proper cleanse, your skin will be prepped and ready to take on the rest of the day – without the risk of clogged pores, blackheads, or breakouts to worry about.
But what cleanser should you use, we hear you ask? Well, none other than Poko’s Purifying Gel Cleanser. It’s formulated with azelaic acid, to tackle that post-workout redness, and contains hyaluronic acid to keep your skin perfectly hydrated, while gently stripping away excess oils. Just pop it in your gym bag, and you’re good to go!
2. This year, we want to try and sleep better
You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times (but we’ll still say it again): sleep is so important! However, it’s more than likely that most of us have experienced interrupted sleep for the past couple of years – especially if you know and love a high-risk individual, or if you’re high-risk for the ‘Rona yourself. It might seem like a good night’s sleep is out of your reach, but fear not. We’re here to tell you that it really isn’t.
There are several habits you can practice, leading up to bedtime. Let’s work backwards: 40 minutes before bedtime, brush your teeth, cleanse your face, and finish your PM routine. 30 minutes before bedtime, put down your phone for the night. 20 minutes before bedtime, try out some light stretches – this will help loosen up those tight muscles before bed. In the final 10 minutes, read a few pages of a book, or try some meditation. This will help prepare both your body and mind for a good night’s sleep!
Some of us might have tried these solutions to no avail. In this case, you might need some extra help to get to sleep. Enter CBD! Did you know that CBD could help you fall asleep more quickly, and improve your sleep quality? Therefore, if you’re struggling with your sleep quality, why not try some CBD Capsules from Canndid? Available in two different strengths (500 mg and 750 mg), a capsule before dinner could help you end your day the right way – with a good night’s sleep!
3. We want to meet our gym PBs this year, and set new ones!
We don’t have to tell you that meeting and exceeding your PBs at the gym requires… more than a little work. While it might be tempting to slack off during a cold snap, resist the temptation to burrow deeper down into the covers. Instead, get up, get to the gym, and smash those goals! With that said, we know how difficult it can be to get up, especially when your muscles are sore and aching.
While it’s important to know when to rest, you can generally work through sore muscles – especially if you’re only just beginning your fitness journey. However, we also know that a little assistance won’t go amiss here, especially if it makes you feel a little better. In this case, we’d recommend adding some CBD to your fitness routine. And what better way to do that than with a topical CBD balm?
That’s right, we’re talking about the TopiCalm CBD Balm from ECS and Primo Botanics. It’s formulated with ingredients – including 500 mg of full-spectrum CBD – to help target muscle aches and pains. Popular with athletes seeking a speedy recovery, a quick massage with this balm could help prevent stiffness and those pesky post-workout aches. Each jar contains 50 ml of the good stuff, so just pop it into your gym bag and hit the gym!
4. We’re going to strive for calm in 2022!
Between work, social obligations, and finding time for yourself, finding a little bit of serenity can be difficult, to say the least. Plus, we’re all living with a multitude of anxieties. Over time, these concerns can affect our sleep quality, our quality of life, and even the activities that we enjoy. Thankfully, there are multiple ways to deal with anxiety and apprehension. This year, we’re looking to move past these concerns in healthy, effective ways.
There are several methods to instilling a sense of calm – meditation, self-care in all its forms, and a light, mindful workout (like Pilates) can really go a long way. However, some of us might be busier (and more anxious) than others. If that sounds like you, why not try CBD? After all, studies indicate that CBD could help ease anxiety through its interactions with the endocannabinoid system. You can read all about that right here! Plus, this means it could offer people a natural alternative to pharmaceutical-based anxiety treatment options.
But does this mean you’re relegated to CBD oil? Thankfully, advances in the CBD industry means that you have a smorgasbord of CBD-related products to choose from. Since CBD oil is an… acquired taste, this is nothing but good news. However, we’d recommend sticking with a sublingual option, as it’s fast-absorbing, and works with your system fairly quickly. If you’re looking to try something new in 2022, we’d recommend the Elevar Leafs CBD oral strips from SpectrumLeaf.
Developed with patented technology to increase bioavailability, these CBD strips not only ensure maximum sublingual absorption, but also that you get all the goodness of CBD, every time. Each strip is packed with an array of cannabidiol actives and is highly dissolvable for a quicker release. All Elevar Leafs CBD Strips are manufactured in a cGMP-certified and FDA-approved facility. They even go so far as to offer a detailed certificate of analysis with every batch to ensure transparency, so you can rest assured that you are getting the safest products with no dodgy secret ingredients. Premium, fast-acting and safe – what more could you ask for in a CBD strip?
Available in three delicious flavours, these CBD strips are easy to use, and fit perfectly into most pockets or bags. Simply place one on or under your tongue, and let it dissolve. In 2022, we’re reclaiming the feeling of calm, and with Elevar Leafs, it’s never been easier!
5. This is the year to spend more time outdoors!
If you’ve spent the past couple of years mostly indoors, we don’t blame you! After all, between working from home and trying to maintain social distancing guidelines, there hasn’t been much else to do. However, with general guidelines easing up, you might be a little nervous about beginning to socialise again – and that’s completely normal! If you’re not sure where to begin, we’d recommend starting with outdoor activities.
Whether you’re meeting up with friends for a hike, taking a walk on your lunch break with your work buddies, or are heading to the beach on the weekends, the outdoors is always a great idea. If you’re feeling a little stressed out because you haven't been super active–we get it! You could add some CBD to the mix. The ECS® CompleX Capsules are the perfect solution here both for daily supplement users and athletes seeking a speedy recovery. These high-strength broad-spectrum capsules contain 25 mg of pure CBD, and 5 mg of CBG and are formulated with organic, vegan-friendly ingredients to optimise your endocannabinoid system. An excellent addition to your wellness routine, right?
Another thing that makes this product stand out, is that it is available in a biophotonic pot, which protects capsules from UV light. So there’s no need to worry about UV rays affecting these capsules.
This offering is manufactured by Primo Botanics. ECS is a trusted brand available since 2014. ECS® range of ECS® Gold drops was one of the first CBD oils available in the UK. That’s how you know you’re in good hands!