Health is high on the agenda for pretty much all of us these days and here at Gym Plus HQ we’ve been looking at different ways we can better look after ourselves (and you!).
Now before we get into the nuts and bolts of how to do it, we are NOT advocating anything we talk about here as an alternative for proper medical treatment as prescribed by your doctor. These ideas are meant to support your health and wellbeing. Aswell as reduce the likelihood you’ll need treatment for serious health conditions in the future. And make any treatment you’re undergoing more effective.
Helping Heart Health
Our hearts are central to our continued existence, but as they’re hidden away they can often be neglected. Here are a few pointers to keep your ticker in tip-top shape:
- Swap your white bread, pasta, rice etc. for wholegrain. It might seem like a less fun option but they actually taste better and will help with heart health.
- Oats are a heart superfood as they contain beta-glucans, so your morning porridge, granola or muesli could be a real boost.
- Try to limit your processed foods, saturated fats, sodium and alcohol. If this sounds like a total downer, it doesn’t have to be. You’ll barely be able to tell the difference when switching to unsaturated fats. Use low sodium salt for cooking. And you can still enjoy a tipple or two, just in moderation.
Dealing With Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is increasing on a terrifying scale, but you can prevent it occurring or manage an existing condition better with a balanced diet.
- Try to eat a range of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins such as fish, chicken and pulses and dairy each day to give yourself a good nutritional balance and manage your blood sugar.
- Processed foods often carry a lot of hidden sugars, so the more you can eat from natural ingredients and cook for yourself, the easier it is to control your diet.
- If you need a snack, try reaching for nuts or whole fruit rather than biscuits and chocolate.
Obesity can increase your risk of heart problems, diabetes and some types of cancer. Maintaining a healthy weight will help support you in staying well, but it can be tough. Here are a few suggestions:
- As weight loss is at its core burning more calories than you eat, exercise is your best friend. The more you move, the more you can afford to eat and still lose or maintain your weight.
- Eating foods in their natural form does more than provide great nutrients to fuel your health and energy levels, it avoids the risk of sneaky hidden calories from sugars and fats that are packed into some processed foods.
- If you’re the kind of person who’s always hungry when you’re trying to lose weight, try to focus on foods with a lower level of calories per 100g. For the same calories, as you find in a single-serve bar of Dairy Milk, you can eat over a kilo of cauliflower!
An All-Round Wellness Win
Many of us (yes, us too) struggle to drink enough water, but it’s critical for good health. If the idea of plan H2O has you reaching for the health handbrake, why not try flavouring your water with fruit or cucumber slices? Maybe even pop in a bit of mint for good measure? We’ve also found that drinking from a bottle that’s got measurements down the sides helps you see how much you’ve managed to drink and adds a bit of internal accountability.
It’s A Balancing Act
We want you to enjoy life and stay well, so we’ll always encourage you to eat right and exercise regularly. But we also know it’s all about balance and obsessive behaviours can pose their own risks. So, if you find yourself stressing unduly about enjoying a slice of birthday cake it might be time to cut yourself a break. Life is for living and enjoying after all!
If you want to improve your overall health ahead of the winter months, you can become a member of Gym Plus this month for free! Pay no joining fee if you join online before the end of September.