5 tips for a healthy lifestyle
If you’re looking for a reason to get going with your health and fitness routine, there’s none better than the dawning of a new season. Often we let our healthy lifestyle habits slide during the chilly winter months. It’s far easier to stay tucked up indoors than venture out for a run on a cold dark morning. And, let’s face it, who is going to opt for water when a steaming mug of cocoa is far more appealing. But, no more excuses. The sun is setting later and the days are growing warmer. It’s time to ditch the heavy meals and stock up on fruit and veg. Are you ready to spring clean your health? These five tips will get you started:
Spring clean your pantry
Has September sent you into a flurry of spring cleaning? Are you hauling everything out of the cupboards and scrubbing the floors? Don’t stop there. Keep the momentum going and tackle the kitchen head-on. It’s easy to fall into the habit of buying rich, comforting treats during winter. But a new season means a new diet. Give your pantry a thorough examination. Be ruthless. Rid your shelves of expired food and tempting treats. That’s right. The nibbles high in sugar, salt and (bad) saturated fats all have to go. A healthy lifestyle depends on a balanced, nutritious diet. Instead of biscuits and chocolate, fill your shelves with super-foods, like whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Read our blog on boosting your immune system with a healthy diet for some tips.
Stock up on fresh produce
Now that the shelves are free from temptation, it’s time to stock up on fresh produce. Seasonal fruits and veggies are full of vitamins and minerals – ideal for a healthy diet. In South Africa, we have a range of nutritious crops in season during the spring months, broccoli, mielies, grapefruit, and strawberries to name a few. A cupboard full of colourful ingredients should be all the motivation you need to start cooking delicious, health-conscious dinners. Skipping the takeaways is not only a healthy lifestyle choice, but it will help you save your pennies too.
Allergy proof your home
While spring brings us a new lease on life, it also signals the start of allergy season. Itchy eyes and stuffy noses – no one’s idea of a good time. This period of the year is prime for allergic reactions such as hayfever because the plants are all releasing pollen to promote growth. To make matters worse, during winter we keep all the doors and windows closed, allowing dust to build up. It’s a good idea to give your house a rigorous dusting. Air out the cupboards, change all the bedding, wipe down the shelves and vacuum the carpets. Keeping the house clean and dust-free will help alleviate your allergies. If you do suffer from hayfever, it’s also wise to visit your doctor and get some medication.
Clean out your medicine cabinet
Speaking of medication, you should extend your cleaning spree to the medicine cabinet. We all fall into the habit of letting our prescriptions and over the counter medications pile up. Unfortunately, as with all things, they do come with an expiry date. It’s never a good idea to use expired pharmaceuticals. While you’re dusting the house, set aside time to empty out the medicine chest and dispose of any medication past its expiry date.
A healthy lifestyle means getting active
There’s no getting around it – a healthy lifestyle means being active. It’s all too easy to fall into a rut during winter. The cold and dark saps our enthusiasm, and it’s much easier to hit the snooze button instead of heading to the gym. But, a new season is the push you need to recharge your motivation. Sunny days, the world energised with new life, who wouldn’t want to be outdoors? Whether it’s a new exercise routine or just getting outside for a spot of gardening, daily activity will do wonders for your overall health.
With a clean home, freshly stocked shelves, and a good fitness regime to get you going, you’ll be well on your way to refreshing your healthy lifestyle. Besides a balanced eating plan and exercise routine, you should also book regular health checks. Wellness screenings and preventative check-ups will help you stay on top of your health and catch any problems early on. Take a look at our Elixi Health Medical Insurance Plans and select the right plan for you and your family.