Physical activity

Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. We define wellbeing as “a positive physical, social and mental state” and being physically active coupled with a balanced diet can help you to lead a healthier life.

Physical activity has been shown to have a positive influence on our self-esteem and self-worth. In addition, can reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Adopting a more active lifestyle can be as simple as doing daily tasks more energetically or making small changes to your routine, such as walking up a flight of stairs. Build up your ability gradually. Focus on goals, measure your progress and earn monthly rewards that will keep you motivated.

Consult a doctor before starting a diet or exercise regime. For the most reliable number on the scales, do it in the morning before eating and at the same time whether daily or weekly.

Ditch the sugar

Reduce your sugar intake. It sounds obvious, but can be tricky particularly if you have a late-night sugar craving that just won’t quit!

To satisfy your sweet tooth without pushing yourself over the calorie edge, the fruit is your friend. Resist chocolate or cake and enjoy a sliced apple with a tablespoon of nut butter or a juicy peach.

Ditch the sugary cereal in favour of porridge, wholegrain wheat cereal or wholemeal toast with nut butter. Swap ice-lolly for frozen grapes and ice-cream for a frozen blended banana

Drink more water

Drink more water. Most of us don’t drink enough water every day. The minimum we should be drinking is 6-8 glasses a day. Water is essential for our bodies to function. Over 60% of our body is made up of water. Water is needed to carry out body functions, remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Whether you’re heading off to spin class, boot camp or any other exercise, it’s always important to hydrate so you can stay energized and have your best workout.

Think about incorporating a monthly or bi-monthly massage to help recover from any sore spots – sore things or tight calves, in particular, can be helped with regular massaging.

Portion control

Portion control is one of the keys to a healthy and balanced diet. For instance, most of us are still eating too much of one particular food group and are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetable should make up over a third of the food we eat each day. Eat the rainbow.

Some fruits, vegetables and proteins offer more health benefits than others. Try adding a “superfood” into your diet.

Get enough sleep 🛌

Get enough sleep. When you don’t rest well, you compensate by eating more. Usually, it’s junk food. Get enough rest and you don’t need to snack to stay awake. Lack of sleep causes premature ageing and you don’t want that!

Also, don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks as a short-term pick-me-up if you are tired. They may boost your energy and concentration temporarily but can disrupt your sleep patterns further in the long term.

It’s clear that a solid night’s sleep is essential for long and healthy life. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system and affect your overall health, making you prone to serious conditions.