Aim for a healthier summer

Now that the weather is improving it’s time to throw off the lethargy that winter brings and spring into better health in time for summer.

Check out your environment

Check for unhealthy foods anywhere that you store, prepare and eat food. Clear your  kitchen and workplace of any foods that will work against you as you try to develop a healthier lifestyle.

Drink up

Drink the recommended two litres of fluid a day (more if you are exercising a lot or it is particularly hot). The good news is that this two litres can come in the form of any sugar-free drink – so choose your favourite sugar-free hot or cold drink and guzzle to your hearts content. My favourite is redbush tea.

Exercise

Make the decision to exercise daily. This exercise should be intentional. Whatever you decide to do, put side time to do it. Take time to walk in your local park or allow extra time to walk to the shops. Kick a ball about with the kids or join a sports team. Whatever you do, decide that it is important and that it must be done. Daily.

Realistic weight loss

If you want to lose weight, set a realistic goal – about 1kg each week is the maximum you should aim to lose for sustainable weight loss. That means that if there is six weeks until summer, you could lose up to six kilograms in that time. Six kilograms may not be your final weight loss goal, but it is a great start.

Get some sleep

A lack of sleep can contribute to stress and cause sugar cravings. Aim for 7-9 hours sleep every night and try to maintain a regular sleep routine – go to bed and wake up about the same time every day (even on the weekends)

Day-by-day

Wake up every morning and decide that you will be healthy today – just today. Make this decision daily and you will soon see days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. Make the most of each and every day and the healthier lifestyle you want may just creep up on you without too much effort at all.

Enjoy Good Food for Good Health

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