By Nico Strydom
The past festive season most probably took its toll on your body, but there are a few ways in which to speedily get your body back into shape.
All that delicious food and perhaps one or two more drinks than usual during the festive season might have caused the scale to groan a bit louder at the beginning of the new year. One of the most popular new year’s resolutions surely is to lose weight, but it also appears to be one of the most difficult.
Many experts are of the opinion that the instant solution approach should rather be avoided. They advise to rather keep a daily diary of what and how much you eat. Be patient and give yourself time to get used to other, healthier food and be prepared to experienced setbacks.
Get rid of bad habits. Not everyone views the same things as bad habits but you know which habits don’t have a good impact on your body, so try to get rid of them. For you it might be the packet of cigarettes you smoke each day, or the couple of drinks too many per week.
Everyone knows exercise is very important but for some people it simply is not possible to get themselves out of bed each morning and into the gym, therefore try to make exercise part of your daily tasks. Rather use the stairs than the lift or escalator at work or in the shopping centre. Walk to the café around the corner rather than driving and walk to your colleague’s desk instead of sending an email.
Exercise can improve your health considerably and decrease your risks of contracting various diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Drink enough water as the body uses water in all the cells and organs and it helps to sustain other bodily functions.
Try to stress less as it will not only drain you emotionally, but also take its toll on your body. Stress can among others lead to headaches, muscle aches, chest pains, exhaustion, stomach and sleeping problems.
Enough sleep also carries health benefits. A lack of sleep can lead to various illnesses such as heart diseases, diabetes and obesity. Enough sleep can also help to alleviate pain, influence your mood positively, help you to remember and concentrate and to build up your immune system.
Your body will most probably give you signs that your lifestyle needs to be adjusted, so remember to listen to it.
Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987
Everyday Health: https://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep-disorders/sleep/sleep-101-ultimate-guide-on-how-get-better-nights-sleep/