My top 10 tips for helping you get healthier.
There is no one super food, drink, protein shake, pill, machine, or fitness regime that is the key to achieving your optimal health. Your daily routine is the most important thing
Hug nutrition basics. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Forget the fad diets and adopt a healthy eating plan including a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy.
Move your body more. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, each week to assist in weight maintenance and overall health.
Quit smoking. What are your challenges and plan to face them and keep doing your best. Seek support and talk to your doctor about medications that can help your chances of quitting for good.
Hit the sack - sleep. Make sleep a priority to enjoy a more focused, energy-filled lifestyle. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Create a relaxing bed-time routine and switch off your electronic device or set them to the “night-shift” mode.
Prioritise preventive screenings. Many medical conditions can be recognised in the early stages by getting preventive screenings and immunisations.
Friends and Support. Building a community of people who can help you through life’s ups and downs is a vital step towards happiness and good health. Invest in relationships that provide encouragement and accountability to both parties.
De Stress. Gratitude has been shown to lower stress, which prevents many other physical and mental consequences. Instead of focusing on what your body can’t do or how you wish your body looked, try expressing gratitude for where you are now and the opportunity to make improvements.
Work toward or maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, work toward losing 5-7% of your weight to significantly reduce your health risks. Studies show that individuals who track their intake using an app, lose more weight and keep it off compared to those who don’t track.
Create SMART goals. General goals such as “exercise more” are not effective. A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely. “I will walk 20 minutes over my lunch break on Tuesdays and Thursdays” is a SMART goal. I will cut my alcohol intake down to 2 units a week
Keep positive. Health goals don’t always go as planned. When you face challenges, focus on all of the positive changes you have made, no matter how small they seem. Treat yourself with kindness, like you would a good friend