This month we're featuring our Sleek Geek Wellness Ambassador. Sleek Geek is a social community of support and motivation for a healthy lifestyle. Their mission is to inspire 100 thousand South Africans to transform their lives and lead a better quality life.
Here are some of their simple strategies that anyone from sedentary office workers to active people can adopt. From water intake to better sleep, to adding a few more steps to your day, simple good habits will contribute to overall wellness - not to mention losing a few unwanted kilos.
Getting into shape must be one of the most daunting challenges that most of us will face or have faced before. We've seen hundreds of people come through our Sleekgeek community who have put off starting their journeys because they think it entails going to gym for two hours every day and never eating another mouthful of pizza or ice cream again. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that drastic - all or nothing might work for some but small consistent changes can be even more effective in the long term.
Sleep gives your body time to recover from day to day stresses; it heals inflammation, injuries and illness. People who sleep more concentrate better during the day and have more energy. Six to 8 hours of decent, uninterrupted sleep is a major health benefit.
TIPS TO IMPROVE SLEEP QUALITY:
Ban electronics from the bedroom (no TV, laptop or cellphone) if you absolutely can't then make sure they are nowhere near your bed ' this will help your brain shut down without distractions.
Have 15 minutes 'quiet time' before bed. Breathe deeply and let go of the stresses of the day.
Empty your bladder before bed to avoid a 3am bathroom call.
You don't need to run a marathon or even a 5km route every day. Just move more. Get up from your desk and walk around every 30 minutes. Walk around the parking lot during your lunch break. Park further away to increase your daily steps. Do squats while waiting for the kettle to boil. Increased movement builds strength, aids fat loss and gives you increased energy.
Invest in a fitness tracker (we are big fans of Jawbone products, especially for entry level). This will motivate you to move more often - they're great for tracking progress and for goal setting. For example, if you moved 2000 steps today, aim for 2500 tomorrow. There are numerous other benefits, but simply increasing your steps is a great start.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
Avoiding sugar is one of the top healthy habits we recommend ' sugar is said to be the silent killer of the 21st century. You don't need extra sugar. Get motivated and challenge yourself to a sugar free challenge. You can sign up for a 30 day one at www.sleekgeek.co.za/sugarfree30.
CHECK YOUR LABELS
Opt for fresh, real food. If it comes in a packet and has more than three ingredients (even worse - if it has ingredients you can't pronounce) rather skip it.
DRINK MORE WATER
Yes, we know this has been said a million times but that's with good reason. Drinking more water helps flush out toxins and keeps your body hydrated. Many of us are dehydrated without even knowing it. By increasing your water intake by 500ml a day you will see a noted improvement in energy levels and well-being. Find water boring? Add a slice of lemon or mint leaves - it boosts the flavour and makes it easier to drink more. Craving bubbles? Go for sparkling water. Stay away from flavoured waters as they're usually packed with sugar.
Simply adding these habits to your daily life will show a benefit to your overall wellbeing and health. It doesn't have to be an uphill battle to get into shape - it's all about adding positive habits so there's less room for the bad ones.
Looking for more tips? Log on to www.sleekgeek.co.za
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