7 tips for a healthy lifestyle
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean hours of training at the gym and eating only salad leaves. It’s about making easy-to-manage healthy choices in your day-to-day living.
Says Dr Craig Nossel, head of Wellness at Discovery Vitality: “The trick to making your lifestyle healthier is to make small healthy changes every day, such as taking the stairs instead of the lifts, increasing your fruit by one, drinking one extra glass of water or quitting smoking.”
So let’s start with the fundamental basics of healthy living: regular exercise, healthy eatingand healthy lifestyle choices:
I like to move it, move it!
Do as King Julian does and move your body. Not just once now-and-then – but every day whenever you can. Although a set exercise session is great to work into your daily routine, you can burn kilojoules in other small ways, such as:
- Walking to someone else’s desk rather than sending an e-mail,
- Parking furthest from the building and walking in, or
- Taking the stairs more often.
- Doing house cleaning or gardening
- Taking the dog for a walk or cycling with the kids instead of watching TV
We all stand together
We spend our lives sitting – at our desks, in front of the TV, in a meeting or on the phone. New research is emerging highlighting the potential risk to health from all our sitting behaviour. So break your sitting time by standing for five minutes and reap the health benefits.
Every little bit counts and it all adds up to burning more calories.
If you’re overweight, making small changes in your daily exercise routine can benefit your health. In fact one study has found that just a 10% drop in weight helped overweight people to reduce their blood pressure, cholesterol and improve their wellbeing.
When it comes to healthy eating, there is an overwhelming array of theories, diet books and online information about what to eat – which is often conflicting. Although the research is still ongoing and developing, what the experts all agree on is that our diets are too high in sugar, our portions are too big and we should eat a variety of whole natural foods.