10 Tips to Stay Healthy

1. Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy and fats, will allow your body to receive the correct amount of vitamins and minerals for it to be nourished and repaired.

2. Eat less sugar and salt

Consuming an excessive amount of salt can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. On the other hand, consuming excessive amounts of sugars increases the risk of tooth decay, diabetes and unhealthy weight gain. Both sugar and salt should be enjoyed in moderation.

3. Avoid alcohol and smoking

It is no secret that excessive drinking and smoking is the cause of many health problems. There is no safe-level for drinking therefore drinking too much can lead to alcohol dependency, some cancers and heart disease. Smoking can also cause diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease. Excessive smoking and drinking can also contribute to pre-mature aging.

4. Get enough exercise

The amount of exercise you need depends on your age but typically, adults aged 18-64 years should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week for optimal health benefits. Speak to your physiotherapist to help you set up an achievable exercise program.

5. Drink a lot of water

Stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. Water is important for your health. Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, result in mood change, cause your body to overheat, and lead to constipation and kidney stones.

6. Wash your hands properly

Everyday objects are covered in millions of microscopic bacteria and germs that cannot be seen by the naked-eye. These germs can cause infections and diseases therefore it is essential to wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or before preparing a meal/eating.

7. Get enough sleep

Sleep is an essential function that allows your body and mind to recharge, so that you can feel refreshed and alert when you wake up. Sleeping at least 8 hours a night helps the body remain healthy and fight off diseases. Without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly.

Your emotional well-being is just as important as your physical well-being here are 3 tips to improve your mental health:

1. Meditate

Whether you are stressed, suffer from anxiety or just need some space, mediation is a great way to recoup and clear your thoughts. The best part is that you only need as little as 5-10 minutes to have an effective meditation session. Deep breathing exercises and mindful breathing can help relieve anxiety and improve feelings of breathlessness.  Speak to your physiotherapist to help you learn how to breathe more effectively.

2. Limit your screen-time

Excessive screen-time has been found to increase the risk of diseases like obesity, diabetes and sleep problems and it also can have a negative impact on your mental health. Spending an excessive amount of time on social media, can lead to depression, anxiety and stress, so be cautious of the content you are viewing on a daily-basis.

3. Set Goals

When you set realistic short-term and long-term goals, it helps trigger new behaviors, helps guides your focus and helps you sustain that momentum in life. Goals also help align your focus and promote a sense of self-mastery.

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