LIFESTYLE & HEALTH

Aside from exercise, a proper diet and an active lifestyle are important factors in achieving optimal health.

Every day we are bombarded with ads on television promoting a ‘quick fix’.

“Want to lose weight? Take this pill or use this machine for 3 minutes a day and lose 5 kilos in 2 weeks!”

Sound familiar?

Unfortunately there is NO magic pill. There is no ‘quick fix’.  If you want to lose weight, and keep that weight off – guess what?  You need to make some lifestyle changes!

Out of all the people that lose weight -  only about 2% of the weight loss group keep that weight off.

Why is this?

For many, the focus is on getting to their goal weight for the short term. For a wedding, or  a birthday party, or to get into a bikini for summer – but as soon as that event is over, the bad habits come creeping back in again. The chocolate, the booze, the cheese and the breads all come back into play.

The only way to get to your goal weight and to maintain it – is by making permanent daily good lifestyle choices.

5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BODY AT OPTIMAL HEALTH:

1. Choose ‘real’ food first: Try to choose organic and biodynamic foods whenever possible. If you can’t afford to buy everything organic, choose your animal products – chicken, beef, eggs and dairy as organic. After that, look for high quality fresh veggies and fruit. For fresh certified organic produce that is delivered to your door (Sydney Metropolitan area), Doorstep Organics is highly recommended. http://www.doorsteporganics.com.au/

2. Drink purified water: To calculate the amount of water you need to be drinking daily, multiply your bodyweight in kilos x 0.033 .

3. Avoid processed foods: Always read the ingredients on labels – if you can’t pronounce it or don’t understand it then don’t buy it! If you must buy packaged foods, avoid chemical flavourings, colourings and preservatives. All of these make your immune system work harder and some of them have nasty side effects – like headaches and breathing difficulties (ie preservative 220).

4. Get enough sleep: Most health practitioners agree that your body does most of its healing between the hours of 11pm to 2am. That means if you are getting to bed at midnight every night, then you are missing out on those essential hours of healing and repair. Aim to get to bed by 10.30pm every night.

5. Exercise: Exercise can stop or even reverse the signs of ageing. What more reasons do you need than those alone?  Exercise such as strength training improves your bone density, increases metabolism, helps with depression and strengthens your tendons and ligaments. Cardiovascular training strengthens the heart, also helps with depression by releasing endorphins, improves glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and increases your energy.

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