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A balanced diet does not have to be a boring diet. As long as you are
getting adequate proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats,
that slice of chocolate cake you're craving shouldn't do you too much
harm. Enjoy your meals, chew your food properly and eat a variety of
foods, including five portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Too much
processed food or sugary food can make you feel sluggish.
2.Drink more water
Water is such a basic requirement and so key to survival, yet ninety
percent of us don't drink enough! Six to eight cups a day is the
recommended minimum. We can live for several weeks without food but
only a few days without water. If you don't like the taste, mix it
with juice, sugar-free cordial or make hot fruit tea. Vegetables and
fruit contain plenty of water too. If your urine is darker in color
than straw, drink more water!
3.Take time out to relax
Relaxation is very important to a healthy mind. However you choose to
relax - deep breathing, yoga, fishing, having a bath, reading a book -
try to chill out for an hour a day if you can. Mental exhaustion can
cause stress, depression and anxiety disorders. Modern lifestyles can
be hectic - if you're not working, you're running after the kids or
racing around the grocery store or doing something else. Relax!
Breathe deeply. Even fifteen minutes of this is better than none, but
do try for an hour a day.
There is no excuse not to exercise because there literally is
something for everyone. Not everybody loves pounding the treadmill or
pumping iron in the gym but anything that gets your heart rate up is a
good Cardiovascular activity. How about playing tennis, meeting a
friend for a swimming session or taking up self- defense or a martial
art? If you can't think of anything better, run up and down the stairs
a few times. Feeling better now? Exercise releases endorphins, which
cheer you up.
5.Cut down on smoking and drinking
Have you ever met a smoker who is glad they started smoking? Neither
have I. It is the single most destructive thing you can do to your
body. Drinking can be harmful if you consume alcohol in excess or
binge drink but, like most things, moderation is the key. A glass of
red wine has even been proven to be good for the heart. But too much
can be devastating to your health.