Even though you know that healthy living should be a priority, sometimes it just seems plain boring, or time consuming, or difficult. We want to make it easier and more fun for you.
So we’ve listed seven simple suggestions to get you on the road to healthier living – starting with baby steps. We challenge you to team up with a friend, a partner or a colleague (because a bit of competition never hurt anyone!) and pledge to do at least one of the following:
- Switch to sugar free drinks instead of your usual fizzy cold drink – you’ll save a massive seven teaspoons of sugar per can!
- Swop full cream milk for fat free milk, and cut your fat intake by 7.5g.
- Replace saturated (unhealthy) fats with unsaturated (healthy) fats.
- Eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables daily – why not choose raw carrots as a snack over a packet of crisps, or eat some grapes instead of a pudding.
- Do 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Remember that exercise doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. Perhaps you can walk to the shops instead of taking the car or bus, or dance round your living room. You could catch up with a friend over a walk instead of a coffee. Even cleaning the house and gardening can count towards your fitness goals – the aim is to be breathless, but not speechless.
- Drink more water – as a guideline, men should aim to drink around 12 glasses of fluid a day, and women should drink around nine glasses. A glass is 250ml. Water is ideal, but moderate intake of tea and coffee can also count towards the total amount. Try to avoid sugary drinks, energy drinks and large amounts of fruit juice.
- If you smoke, consider quitting – smoking almost triples the risk of heart disease. It narrows blood vessels and expands blood clots, reducing blood flow to the heart and brain, which directly leads to heart attack and stroke. Quitting isn’t easy for most people, but find support, stay motivated, and consider using quitting aids such as nicotine patches or gums.
Enjoy the lighter side of living healthy – and have a bit of fun!
Source – http://www.heartfoundation.co.za/