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by: Drew Hook   ·    26 October 2016

5 tips for health

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t require daily trips to the gym. Making simple, healthy choices will keep you active and feeling great.

Research has shown that the key to good health is by making simple changes in diet, exercise and stress management. To help you turn that knowledge into results we have put together this easy list health and wellness suggestions. 

Stolen moments add up

Weaving simple activities into your daily life is a sure-fire way of upping your heart rate and getting that quick shot of adrenalin without taking too much time out of your schedule. 

Make healthy choices by being more physically active in your regular routine. Park at the end of the lot when grocery shopping. Take the stairs at work. Go on a long walk with your family. They may not seem like much, but simple activities repeated on a daily basis add up to healthier and happier lifestyle.

Enjoying food while managing weight 

Rigid diets are rarely effective and can make mealtimes a chore. When it comes to eating well, meal planning is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for success. There are so many ways to approach meal planning that, after practising just once or twice, you’ll begin to find what works for you and your family too.

Eat real foodOpt for fruits, grains, and veggies, freshly prepared. Steer clear of pre-packaged non-nutritious foods.

Not too much:  A calorie is a calorie, regardless of whether it comes from broccoli or white bread. Too much of any food group will result in weight gain.

Say yes to freshly squeezed juice: Drinking a glass of freshly squeezed juice is not only refreshing and delicious but provides numerous health benefits that often get lost in the processing that juices in jugs or cartons undergo. Drinking freshly squeezed juice can also be an efficient way to reach your recommended five to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Sleeping

Sleep is overlooked and underrated when it comes to being healthy. Your body needs rest like it needs food and water, so try not to neglect it. If your current lifestyle keeps you from getting a good night's sleep, then perhaps a change may be in order. Turn your phone off at night, get to bed early and aim for at least six hours of peaceful, uninterrupted sleep.   

Wear an activity tracker

Whether it's a Fitbit, an Apple Watch or any old pedometer, studies show that people who wear a device that tracks the number of steps they've taken each day get moving more than those who don't. Fitness Apps can help track and encourage a healthier lifestyle while reminding you to take the stairs instead of the lift. 

Spend time outside socialising!

Fresh air is full of feel-good negative ions, which may boost oxygen flow to the brain. Combine your time outside with some exercise, like a brisk walk, to boost your endorphins and energy.

Health doesn't start and end with food and working out though. Your mind and emotional state matter too. Making time to be social helps with depression, anxiety and stress. Plan your social engagements around outdoor activities, like a picnic in the park, and reap the rewards of a healthier, happier lifestyle. 

A healthy body and mind 

Looking after your health is key to living a long and happy life. As important is the well-being of your family’s financial future, and to plan for when the unthinkable happens.

That’s where Vodacom’s Life Cover comes in – you trust Vodacom to be SA’s first and best LTE network, but did you know they’re also one of SA’s top insurance companies?

Vodacom Life Cover and Funeral Cover give you the peace of mind to focus on recovery should you be diagnosed, knowing that, should the worst happen, your loved ones will be taken care of.

For more information on how Life and Funeral Cover can help you plan for your family’s future, visit the Vodacom Insurance website