Cut back on sugar – you’re sweet enough
Try swapping sugary drinks for water. Sugar sweetened beverages are the largest source of sugars in the one’s diet and they can lead to weight gain and tooth decay – a person who has one 600ml sugary drink each day will consume 23kg of sugar by the end of a year.
If heading to the gym isn’t your thing then there’s still plenty of ways to get active. If you’ve got a furry friend head to the dog park, go for a stroll along the beach, or do a little gardening. Simply walking 10,000 steps a day is an achievable goal for most people, and has many long term health benefits.
try and reduce your alcohol consumption. This doesn’t have to mean entirely cutting out the booze, it’s all about moderation. Try drinking water in between drinks and slowing your drinking down by eating healthy food when drinking alcohol.
Given we spend so much of our lives at work, it’s easy to get caught up in it all and become burnt out. If you’re feeling stressed at work speak to your boss about how to manage the pressure. You could also request casual Friday or bring your dog to work Friday around the office to boost the mental wellbeing of all staff.
Walk your kids to school
If you’ve got kids, why not kick off Term 1 by getting into a healthy routine of walking to school? Walking to school helps kids keep active and builds their confidence. If walking the whole way to school isn’t possible try parking the car nearby and walking part of the way – every step counts!
Look out for each other
Keep an eye on your friends and loved ones and offer support where it is needed. Social connection is important for strong mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling a little isolated, why not volunteer to help a charity– you’ll meet new people, and helping someone else can be one of the best ways to help yourself.
Wave goodbye to tobacco
Research shows smokers who quit at age 50 halve their risk of death caused by smoking, while quitting by age 30 avoids almost all of the excess risk associated with smoking.