There’s a huge amount of health information available online, but sometimes this can be overwhelming. To keep things simple, most health advice boils down to six basic principles.
As many leaders throughout time have advised, what we think is what we become. We have over 60,000 thoughts per day, so it’s important to keep these as positive as possible. Decide which thoughts to give attention to. They become your beliefs and define how much you enjoy your life. Try adding meditation to your daily routine to help reset your mind for mental clarity and keep your thoughts on track.
Breathing deeply into your diaphragm is an effective way to manage stress because it simulates the same breathing patterns we experience when we are happy and relaxed. Slowing your breath will also slow your heart rate and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing your body to ‘rest and digest’.
We all know our bodies are over 70% water, but do you know why we need to drink? Hydration keeps our organs functioning, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, delivers nutrients to cells and prevents infections. If you’re well-hydrated, you’ll sleep better and have clearer mind too. Two litres a day is the recommended amount of water we should drink for optimum health.
Keeping the brain and body active is essential for good health, helps maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of disease. At Sharks Health & Fitness, our personal trainers recommend strength training three times a week and cardio exercise three times a week to help your body function in the best way possible.
Listen to your body. How do you feel after each meal? Many people will find that sugar, gluten, dairy, grains and alcohol are triggers for allergies, discomfort and feeling unwell. Good nutrition will reduce your risks of diet-related chronic disease so fill up on fresh vegetables, fruit, protein and healthy fats and remember to keep portion size under control.
We all need seven to nine hours of sleep each night to allow our bodies and minds to recharge and function properly. To ensure you get a good night’s sleep, stop stimulants such as sugar and caffeine at lunch time, don’t use your phone or device at night, keep regular sleep/wake times, blacken out your room and meditate to unwind at the end of the day.
So, there you go. If you don’t have time to scour the internet for health advice, sticking to these six simple rules will keep your health on track.
Disclaimer: Health advice is general in nature and should be read as such. For any health concerns, please see your doctor.
If you are unsure where to start with your fitness goals, visit the friendly and experienced staff at Sharks Health and Fitness Centre. We have plenty of group fitness classes, as well as experienced personal trainers to push you towards your goals.