We all know the basics of a healthier lifestyle. Drink more water, eat cleaner foods- move more. Yet sometimes we slip up, and it’s easy to do. We can get caught up in the excitement of socialising, binge watching tv and indulgent couch time.
This often results in lazy pre-made meals and sleepy weekends. Our time poor, work hard, play hard and stress hard culture catches up with us. All those good intentions go flying out the window and a sickly lethargy can set in. Well, here are five quick ways to get your intentions back on solid ground and your health back up to scratch.
HIIT It Hard
If you’ve fallen off the exercise wagon, chances are, so have your muscles and metabolism. Want the quickest way to rev your metabolism, get your exercise plan back in the game and see fast results? Then take a hit of HIIT. Otherwise known as high-intensity interval training this is an amazing workout that yields results and saves time. How? With short bursts of high-intensity exercise, followed by very short rest periods. These are also interspersed with quick recovery periods. It works by getting your heart rate up very quickly and burning a lot of fat.
Because you are doing a higher intensity of exercise, in a shorter time you are actually fitting a lot in and your muscles continue to burn fat afterwards. Therefore, a shorter work out. The benefits of this are time saving, metabolism busting and endorphin rush exercise gains. Get back on track and reap the benefits to your health and well-being.
Drink It All In
Drink. Water. As much as you can take. The average human body is made up of 50-65% of water. Our entire functionality as a machine works on water. When we get dehydrated we start to malfunction- just like a car with a dry radiator. We cannot function properly without it. Hunger, headaches, lack of attention and fuzzy thoughts can all be attributed to not drinking enough water. It’s a clean and readily available resource in Australia. We have no excuse for not getting our daily limit in. Yet somehow, many of us are not drinking enough.
Lifestyle factors and eating and drinking habits can affect this.
But remember, we get some water from our foods and even tea and coffee count as part of our 8 glasses per day. However, coffee is a diuretic, which helps rid your body of water. So guzzle as much water as you can, all day every day. It helps to replenish fluids lost through exercise and sweat. Water also rids the body of toxins and helps maintain a healthy complexion and healthy body/mind function. Water is our friend.
Nourish Your Body
There is a diet myth that losing weight and maintaining health is all about exercise. Actually, it’s closer to 25% exercise and 75% diet. And don’t think it’s just about the calorific value of what you put in your body. It’s about the quality of those calories too. So think fresh, lean and green.
Fresh, organic and locally grown are hero terms when it comes to your food.
This generally means fewer pesticides have been used. Also as the produce is in season, no chemical storage. Green is for the obvious benefits of green vegetables and lean for the protein and meat cuts. This is a whole body benefit. Additionally, this is one that also supports the environment and local producers. You are reducing your carbon footprint and sourcing locally.
By nourishing your body with healthy, tasty and nutritionally dense meals, you are setting up the best defences, naturally. Good for you, and your environment.
Manage Your Stress
Sometimes it can be hard to get all we need from our nutrition. Don’t beat yourself up, modern life is tough and time is a luxury that is unavailable to most of us! Whether you work full time in a demanding career, or you’re raising the kids. There are hundred's of daily stresses that sap our energy and vitality levels. It’s tempting to try and go for the quick fix promises of caffeine and sugar.
Also, try to mitigate stress levels. So instead of reaching for a sugary energy drink, or snack that will only result in a sugar spike and crash, consider natural alternatives. Natural energy supplements like Ginkgo Biloba, Magnesium and Passion Flower. These are natural alternatives that may help manage stress and ease daily tensions.
Organic is the Bees Knees
So what happens if you’ve not nipped these stresses and diet mishaps in the bud? A couple of heavy weekends on the sherry can leave you run down and susceptible to colds and flu.
Enter the natural wonder that is Manuka honey.
Manuka, is a very specific type of honey sourced from New Zealand, where local bees create their honey from the amazing Manuka (tea tree) bush.
The value of tea tree, in oil form, as an antibacterial and antiseptic is well known. The Manuka is a version of teatree, but the magic really happens with the honeybees. They collect the nectar from the Manuka bush and once in the hive, add an enzyme called glucose oxidase. This helps to preserve the honey and is where it gets interesting. This enzyme helps produce the high levels of methylglyoxal- the antibacterial agent that is so effective in Manuka. The wonders of this native honey burst onto the scientific radar back in 1981, when scientist Dr Peter Hamilton from the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, investigated the native folklore surrounding the effectiveness of the honey.
As it turns out, they were on to something special. It’s higher properties of methylglyoxal make it a super hero of antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic uses. Which is where it comes into its own as a cold and flu fighter. Because not only does it soothe a sore throat, but it can also help lessen the severity of symptoms. You can’t go wrong with a natural and traditional homeopathic remedy like our Manuka Honey Cough & Cold Range.
If you follow these 5 tips you are sure to start seeing results. But keep in mind that it is about a health, lifestyle, and well-being, whole body approach. You've got to put your all into it and try and stick to an established routine to really reap the benefits. If you'd like more helpful tips like these that will get you fired up for healthy living or tasty recipes fit to burst with stress-fighting ingredients- subscribe to our Living Naturally blog.