5 Top Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

LIFESTYLE | 2019-02-06

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Don’t debate, hydrate!

Water plays a crucial part in our health and wellbeing.  Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and drinking enough water maintains the balance of bodily fluids which help in processes like digestion, circulation and maintenance of body temperature. Keep a bottle or of water in your bag, in your car or at your desk to remind you to drink enough water. If you find drinking plain water boring, make your daily intake more interesting by adding herbs such as mint, chopped fruit and lemon slices.

 

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Catch enough ZZZZZZZs!

Quality sleep is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping less than seven hours a night has been associated with high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes among other health risks. But good sleep does not only equal good physical health, it can also improve productivity and concentration and decrease the risk of depression. Try to go to bed and wake up at about the same time each day this month to kickstart a healthy sleep routine!

 

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Get moving

Make being more active part of your everyday routine. Exercising daily can lower your risk of diseases, give you a higher bone density and help you lose weight. You only need 30 minutes of exercise a day, so start by making a few small changes: take the stairs instead of the lift, leave the car and walk to your local OK store, or find an exercise program you like online and do it at home if you’re too self-conscious for the gym.

 

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Know your numbers!

Make an appointment this month to have your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels tested. These numbers give you vital information about your health, so get to know them and monitor them going forward.

 

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Stay connected

If you need an excuse to see your friends more often, here’s a good one – it’s good for your health! A strong social support network has been shown to reduce the risk of depression, high blood pressure  and an unhealthy body mass index. If you feel lonely and would like to meet new people, try to get involved with work groups, volunteer in your community or pick up a new hobby.