At Peak MSK Physiotherapy we know that we live in a world where people are becoming increasingly health conscious. Almost every day, new products are being launched to help us get on the path to wellness. Some of them deliver on their promises, however improving one’s health calls for more than purchasing the latest exercise machine or weight loss pill. It involves making lifestyle changes which would not only be healthful, but will put you on the road to longevity and better living. We understand this and would like to recommend some simple strategies which you can put into place to assist you along the way.
10 tips on how to change your lifestyle for better health:
- Eat balanced meals. These include foods from all the major food groups – proteins, carbohydrates, dairy products, vitamins, minerals and fats. These should be eaten in the correct proportions. Contrary to what some people believe, your plate should contain more carbohydrate foods – whole grains, legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables – and less meat. However individual diets will vary.
- Exercise daily. If your work takes up so much of your day that you cannot find time to exercise, try incorporating more activity into your daily routine. For example, take a walk on your lunch break, park further from the entrance when you go to the shops, walk whenever you can.
- Rest. This helps restore energy, relieve fatigue and stress. Try to have some balance in your life.
- Get eight hours of sleep. Many people do not get enough sleep. As a result they wake up tired and have little energy during the day for exercise or anything else. Maybe you can’t get up later, so sleep earlier.
- Drink water. As simple as this sounds, drinking water can make a big difference in your overall health. Water transports food and nutrients to the cells, removes toxins from the body and replenishes fluid lost through sweat and urine.
- Get lots of fresh air. Activities such as gardening, walking, swimming and boating are opportunities to take advantage of fresh air and its benefits.
- Cut down on caffeine. This includes sodas as they contain caffeine which slows you down after the initial rush and causes other problems such as insomnia, racing heart beat, high blood pressure.
- Quit smoking. It has been proven that smoking leads to cancer, lung disease and other debilitating conditions. It is also a risk factor for chronic back pain.
- Eliminate stress. Change the aspects which cause you stress in your life and live a healthy life.
- Tune in to your spirituality. You will have peace of mind and feel better.