We all want to be healthy, happy, feel good and live longer. There are three ways to look after our bodies and stay healthy.
- Nourish your body – consider what you eat and drink. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, including legumes (baked beans, hummus, refried beans, lentils), wholegrain breads and cereals, meat and chicken (extra fat removed), nuts, seeds and fish, milk, yoghurt and cheese, plus plenty of water and limiting salty, fatty, sugary foods and alcohol. The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol recommend drinking no more than 2 standard drinks (check it out here) on any day to reduce lifetime risk of harm and no more than four standard drinks on any single occasion to reduce the risk of alcohol related injury.
- Exercise your body – maximise how much and how often your body moves. The Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend being active every day, accumulating 150 to 300 minutes of moderate activity like walking or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity activity like running each week and doing muscle strengthening activities such as lifting weights or yoga or at least twice a week. The also encourage Australians to reduce sitting time by breaking it up – either by a quick stretch, using a standing desk, walking for a lap around the office, home or wherever you are.
- Care for your mind – what do you do to your brain can have long lasting effects. Brain Australia recommend challenging you mind with new experiences, ideas and opinions, being social to stimulate your mind, and finding ways to be calm by managing stress, and finding support if you suffer from anxiety or depression. Avoiding or minimising mind altering substances like drugs and alcohol and having a regular sleep pattern also keep your brain in tip top condition.
Is your lifestyle far from what has been outlined above? Check out Healthier. Happier. for a start. If you need individualised advice ask your GP to refer you to a dietitian, exercise physiologist and/or psychologist, these are professionals who can coach you to make the changes you want to make.