10 quick tips for a healthier you

It’s a new year and time to put your health resolutions and goals at the top of your priority list.

Making healthier choices now, means that come December, those choices will have become holistic healthy habits that you do because you love the way they make you feel, not because you have to do them!

Here we have 10 tips for you to live a healthy, balanced life.

 

Make better snack choices. Swop the chips, sweets and cakes for something like biltong, fruit or a small smoothie. You’ll get the energy you need along with a whole host of nutrients

Cut back on your sugar intake every few days. If you’re drinking three teaspoons of sugar in your coffee, take it down to two, then one, then half and then none. This gives you a chance to get used to the new taste without feeling like you’re depriving yourself and yet you’re doing a good thing!

 Spend five minutes more at the gym – in time, the extra squats, extra time on the treadmill or extra weight lifts will add up, making you toned, fit and strong.

Join an outdoor sport. Exercising outdoors allows you to appreciate our beautiful country and usually comes with the bonus of socialising too. Whether it’s trail running, tennis, soccer or cycling, find a sport that grabs your interest and give it a go

Remember to take time out. It’s as important to your health as good food and proper exercise. Meditate, read, paint, work in the garden – activities like these are relaxing, are just for you and bring a little calm to busy days

Do something a little different every now and then – go to markets, new restaurants, read articles or listen to podcasts that are not what you’re used to; it helps to add perspective and expand your horizons

Move away from your desk for at least half an hour each day. Not only will you enjoy your meal more and eat slower when you have lunch away from your desk and its distractions, but it allows you space to clear your mind

If you’re able to, plan your holidays for the year. It may be one long break or many long weekends, but it’s great to know you have scheduled time off where you’re able to get out and about exploring our country or another.

Get out of your comfort zone. Bungee jump, swim in a very cold sea, go kayaking or sign up for a course – the list is endless. Even just one experience out of the norm will leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated.

Make time for friends and family. At the end of the day, they’re the ones who know you, can carry you through tough times and share a laugh over a drink, a braai or on a weekend away.

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