Follow these tips to live a longer and healthier life!
1. Eat well
A sensible diet couldn’t be more important in staying healthy. Eat lots of antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water and keep those portion sizes under control.
2. Give up smoking
You’re too important to let cigarettes cut things short. Commit to quit and you’ll find the results, from increased lung capacity to sense of smell and taste, are a worthy reward.
3. Sleep enough but not too much
Make sure you get enough rest – 7-9 hours is generally recommended for adults – but don’t overdo it. Oversleeping has been linked to a variety of medical issues, including heart disease.
4. Be positive, laugh lots
Maintaining a positive attitude isn’t always easy, but it pays to try and keep that mental glass of yours half-full. Remember, no matter how busy you are, there’s always time to laugh.
Keep your heart in shape by making sure you factor plenty of exercise into your weekly routine. Whether it’s strolling to work or hitting the gym, stay active – a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.
6. Know how to relax
With so much going on in your workaday world, it’s easy to get swallowed up by the daily grind. Leave work at work, and when you’re there, don’t skip those restorative lunch breaks.
7. Drink in moderation
Be it an ice cold beer or glass of wine, there’s nothing wrong with a drink to help you unwind. Moderation is key, of course, or risk health repercussions that far outweigh any benefits.
8. Manage stress
Exercise, yoga, meditation – choose yourself a pastime to help keep stress at bay. And if you feel things getting on top of you, don’t suffer in silence; simply talking to someone can work wonders.
9. Turn off the TV
With so many of us glued to screens during the day, it’s essential to find some time to unplug. Rather than switching on as soon as you get home, why not switch off with a good book and a bath instead?
10. Stay out of the sun
Soaking up some sun may soothe the soul and boost those vitamin D levels, but caution should always be taken to protect yourself from harmful rays. Make sure to wear a hat, lotion and never stay out for too long.
Source: The Biggest Loser 2014
Posted by Katherine Rothwell