If you want to live a long healthy life, free of aches and pains, there’s plenty you can start doing today to improve the wellbeing of yourself and your family.
But with so much confusing advice around, it can be hard to know where to start.
Our team of experts can help – whether you want advice on medical aids, quitting smoking or tips on living a healthier lifestyle.
The top five things you can start today to get healthier:
- Quit smoking
- There are a number of products and strategies to help you curb your smoking addiction. Consider a combination of nicotine replacement products, prescribed medication, hypnosis, mobile phone apps or you can contact the Quitline on 137 848. Most people try quitting a number of times before they are finally successful, so keep at it.
- Improve your diet
- You can make a huge difference by avoiding packaged foods. Just by eating real, natural foods you will be avoiding additives and unhealthy preservatives. There are plenty of extra calories in sugar, so reducing your intake of the sweet stuff can also bring you great results. Or you can try a low calorie diet using meal replacements and metabolism boosting supplements for a faster weight loss result.
- Get enough sleep
- Studies show that a good night’s sleep contributes to your concentration, memory, mood and energy levels. Make sure you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every morning and avoid screen time (televisions, tablets and smartphones) at least one hour before bed to wind down.
- Get active
- Try to work in at least twenty minutes of active movement every day. Even a short stroll will bring you benefits. If finding twenty minutes is difficult, break up your exercise into short bursts, like a few squats while preparing dinner or a quick sprint or jump with a skipping rope in the backyard. Consistency is essential, so find exercise you’ll enjoy that you are more likely to stick to.
- Drink more water
- Plan your water intake like you plan your meals. Keep a full jug or bottle visible on your desk or kitchen bench and take a sip as often as possible. Aim to finish the one litre by lunch time and another by dinner time, and you’ll have easily added eight cups of water to your day, bringing numerous health benefits.