Are you ready to take up a healthy living challenge? Here are some small simple changes you can make during Diabetes Awareness Month.
January – Drink more water. Water is basically, free and has no calories, it can help keep hunger and bay between meals as well. Plain tap water doesn’t float your boat? Try infusing with fruit or try sparkling water.
February – Get more sleep. Research shows that getting your ZZZ’s helps the body fight off illness like colds and flu. It has also shown that getting adequate sleep each night can help regulate hunger.
March – Get outdoors each day for at least 15 minutes. Taking a walk in the sunshine is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Take a break from your day, get some steps in and some much-needed vitamin D will do wonders for your stress levels, sleep quality and waistline.
April – Include fruit or veg with each of your main meals. By eating 2 serves of fruit each day you are getting those much-needed nutrients such as potassium, fibre, vitamin C and folate (folic acid).
May – Schedule your exercise for the week! Even if it’s just a simple trip around the block. Planning it out means your more likely to commit. If you’re unsure on how to do this your GP, Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist can point you the right direction.
June – All the incidental exercise you do adds up. Try these easy, sustainable not-really-exercise exercises to get you moving:
– Taking the stairs,
– Park your car further away from your destination and walk,
– Carrying your shopping,
– Cleaning the house,
July – Savour your meals. Eat slowly and enjoy that food!
August – Unplug and Unwind. Get off your phone and take that time to think about all the things you are grateful for. Consider other hobbies that you enjoy. It’s all about balance!
September – Reduce the number of alcoholic beverages you drink. Remember, excessive drinking can lead to heart disease, several types of cancer and increase your risk of stroke. Read more
October – Snack Smart, why not get creative with your snacks and research some healthier alternatives? You could also make small swaps like having crudities with your hummus instead of crackers. Or swapping your 3pm chocolate bar for some fruit. Find our list of snack ideas here
November – Do resistance training (body weight or weights). Mix up your exercise routine with some resistance training and cardio for fat loss. If you’re not sure where to start, we would recommend consulting with your GP, Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.
December – Spend a few minutes each day thinking about things you are grateful for and taking time to breathe. If you find you often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, this is a great time to unwind and debrief.