The gimmicks and fads bombarding us on the web and in the media can become overwhelming, so here is an attempt to get back to basics with five essentials that keep it simple.
Our bodies need to simply get in motion to stay healthy. This is especially important if you work in a sedentary job or spend a lot of your recreation time in front of a screen. Make time each day for at least 30 minutes of exercise that gets your heart rate up and muscles engaged. A brisk walk, a stretching routine or some basic floor exercises are things we can all do for fun and for free.
Go to sleep
Sleep is often an underrated factor in mental and physical wellbeing. Aim for a good 8 hours if you want your body to properly recharge. It can help relieve stress, boost creativity and even aid learning ability. Aim for a regular bedtime and limit pre-bedtime exercise, eating and screen time, so that your body can wind down.
We naturally lose 2.5 to 3 litres of water every day so it makes sense to put it back. Fluids are essential for many functions including blood flow, waste disposal, joint function and digestion.
Get some rays
Catching some daily sun is important for Vitamin D production, which aids calcium absorption and may even influence other health factors such as blood pressure and our mental disposition. Of course you should always take precautions against the sun’s harmful effects, but avoiding it completely means you may be missing out on important benefits.
Rather than looking for wonder diets and super foods, focus on the basics of a healthy diet. Seek a wide variety of food groups, with a predominance of whole grains, high fibre cereals and vegetables, coupled with moderate amount of lean proteins, dairy and fruit.
Form some healthy habits around these five essentials and reap the benefits of better health.