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Top 8 tips to staying healthy this year

It’s a new year, we have recovered from the Christmas and New Years celebrations and it’s time to get our health back on track from all that over-indulging.

Rather than setting New Year’s resolutions, here at Living Health Group, we like to look at it as a lifestyle transformation. If you’re looking to drop some weight, move better, think clearer and feel better, take a look at how you can make these simple modifications in your life. Always begin with just one, do this it consistently over a 3 week period and then pick another one to incorporate into your life.

  1. Get Moving

Plan to incorporate some daily movement into your day. This doesn’t mean you have to join the gym! It could be going for a walk in your lunch break or before or after work. Plan to move 20 minutes a day, preferably getting your heart rate up during this period. Find out what works best for you and plan to fit it into your day. You could try walking or riding to work, taking the stairs instead of the lift or getting off the tram a few stops earlier.

  1. Stand up at work

Sitting at a desk all day is not good for your posture. It causes neck and back pain as well as affecting your concentration levels. Set a reminder on your phone or computer and get up from the desk every hour, stand up when talking on the phone and take your lunch outside to get some fresh air. This will also help providing oxygen to the brain, increasing your alertness, productivity and mood.

  1. Lose liquid calories

Sugary drinks like soft drinks, Powerade and Gatorade are loaded with sugar and hidden calories. Not only do these drinks cause weight gain, they can lead to tooth decay. Swap the sugary drinks for water, your teeth and waistline will thank you.

  1. Have ‘you time’

Make time out for your self each week, we live a busy life. Make time to be grounded and be present. Going for a walk or doing some Yoga or meditation can help. Relieve stress with a massage, manicure or having a rest day. Do things that make you happy and allow you to re-charge.

  1. Smart food swaps

Start thinking about what you’re putting in your mouth. Is what you’re eating coming from a packet? Could you get something much more nourishing from the fruit and vegie section? Start to read the label on packets, looking for how much salt is hidden in many packaged foods. Salt (‘sodium’ on the packet label) is linked to many health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and other health issues. Also any thing labeled ‘low fat’ is generally packed with sugar, so be weary.

Here are some simple smart swaps:

White bread – Multi grain

Chips – Unsalted Nuts or vegetable sticks

Creamy Salad dressings – olive oil and fresh lemon

Sweets – fresh fruit

  1. Drink less Alcohol

Aim for 2 free alcohol days a week. Or try an alcohol free week and take note of how your body feels. Alcohol is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. To prevention dehydration, have a glass of water in between each drink and alternate between the two to replace lost fluids as you go.

  1. Surround yourself with good people

Being happy and healthy involves surrounding yourself with good people. Spend time with people that genuinely care and want the best for you. Notice the attitude of people you commonly associate with, how is their mood, are they positive or negative and how does this make you feel? Surround yourself with good people and watch how your life and mood changes.

  1. Try something new.

Take up a new sport or activity. This will increase your social circle also stimulating your mind.

Want this year to be different?

Lets create your New Year New You plan to allow you to Move Better, Feel better, Be Better

Book in for your FREE New Year New You consult PLUS get a FREE Living Health Planner on 9561 1958 or book online.

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