Health is defined as “A person who has good physical health is likely to have bodily functions and processes working at their peak.” Have you ever wondered if you are, in fact healthy? What exactly defines physical health and how can you attain it?
The World Health Organisation suggests that healthy people require regular exercise, balanced nutrition and adequate rest to achieve and maintain good health. Physical well-being involved pursuing a healthy lifestyle to decrease the risk of disease. As an example, physical fitness can protect and develop the endurance of a person’s breathing and heart function, muscular strength, flexibility and body shape or composition.
How can you be more healthy?
1. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet from as many natural foods as possible. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. What you eat can affect your immune system, your mood, and your energy level. Every single day, your body needs:
- a variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups: dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy, and others
- fruits, especially whole fruits
- grains, at least half of which are whole grains
- fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
- a variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, nuts, seeds, and soy products
Pop into our Woolworths or Checkers and fill your trolley with these necessary foods to give you and your entire family a much-needed health boost. Spring & Summer are perfect for fruit salads, smoothies, crunchy green salads, stir-frys and seafood. You can also stock up on a variety of vitamins and other health foods such as nuts and seeds at our Clicks, Dis-Chem and Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts.
2. You need to get at least 150 minutes of moderate – high intensity exercise per week. Simply taking an afternoon stroll with the family is not good enough. Find an activity that you really enjoy such as a sport to really get your heart rate up. Here are some great examples of moderate – high intensity fitness activities that you can really enjoy.
- Tennis, squash or even a beach ball and bat can make for a really fun outdoor activity. You can also buy a game such as badmington and take it along on your beach trips or park picnics.
- Soccer, cricket or rugby are other really fun games that require a lot of activity without you even noticing. If you don’t have a large garden, you can buy a soccer ball and take it along to the beach or a field in your neighborhood. Get away from the television, grab the kids and get the whole family involved.
- Hiking or trail running. We have so many beautiful parks, mountains and nature trails in Cape Town that you really have no excuse. Visit Silvermine or Lion’s Head. Hike around Newlands Forest or Tokai. This is a wonderful activity to do with your kids and really get them out in nature.
- Get a dog. If you can’t have a dog, then lend someone else’s and take them for long walks at your local park or at the beach. Even throwing the ball for a dog and playing together is a great little workout.
- Get jogging! It’s so easy to build your fitness as a jogger or a runner. Get a fitness watch, track your KMs and your routes. Set goals. Enter a race. Running is a full body workout and it’s 100% free!
Come to our Mr Price Sport, Totalsports or Cape Union Mart stores and take a look around. You’ll see lots of games, toys, sports equipment and fitness gear that will inspire and motivate you.
3. Get enough rest! Sleep is so important for your physical, emotional and mental well-being. If you struggle to fall asleep, then speak to one of our pharmacists at Clicks and Dis-Chem about natural remedies that might help you.
Summer is here and it’s time for all of us to get active, healthy and happy! If you want to take a test to see just HOW healthy you are, then you can take a great one over here.