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- Written by Shani Kaplan
These days health can seem pretty overwhelming. It can also be made to feel extremely overcomplicated. When we start to feel too many boundaries and rules it can be easy to fall into the trap of an' all or nothing' approach. "Oh, I am going to be SO healthy next week". But truly, it is not that difficult to be healthy all year round (for the most part). if you focus on the most important aspects and don't sweat the small stuff. Try not to focus too much on the often contradictory advice you receive in the media and focus on the basics. We are all about a maintainable, individual and most important- enjoyable, healthy lifestyle. We want you to feel your best possible!
We have spoken about Dr Harry's views on the importance of sleep in his Q&A which you can find here. Sleeping is the ultimate way to recover, in all aspects, and be ready to take on a new day. We all know that when we have a horrible night's sleep, we have absolutely no energy to work efficiently, to work out to our full capacity, or to ward off the biscuits, donuts and sweets being offered around the office. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep. Our tip: make sure to stop caffeine intake after 3 pm, make sure to switch off from devices at least an hour before bed and keep the room is cool and dark.
Remember-just because you CAN run on low amounts of sleep, doesn’t mean you should.
Also, this applies for rest from exercise too. Don't skip rest days from the gym. Overtraining is never a good thing. We recommend having 1-3 days off the gym a week. You can still be active in these days! Take the dog for a walk, go for a bike ride, go surfing. Whatever it is you enjoy, do it!
Keeping active is just so important for your physical health and also your mental health.
Find the kind of exercise you enjoy. Exercise shouldn't feel like punishment.
We are unbelievably lucky to have so many types of exercise so readily available to us now. Endless amounts of classes and boutique gyms offering pilates, yoga, boot camp style classes, Crossfit and strength classes, cycle etc. Alternatively, you can get outdoors and run, swim, cycle, surf, play a sport.
The most important thing is consistency; being active most days. Finding something you actually like will help this consistency become routine and habitual.
Stress is a killer. It drives cortisol levels sky high (which leads to metabolic dysfunction and immune suppression). Do the most important things at work first, so you have time for recreation and activities you enjoy. Keep that work-life balance in check! Make sure to implement self-care that nourishes you; be it yoga, a massage, golf, meditation, painting, a coastal walk.
Meditating has been shown to really reduce stress. It is no wonder the industry is going insane. Download one of the free apps like Calm or Headspace and get practising!
There are many great breathing techniques you can try which can help relieve and manage stress when it starts to become out of hand.
According to the Harvard Study Of Happiness, an almost 80-year study on human behaviour, development and overall happiness - relationships play a VITAL role in human happiness and quality of life.  The premise of the findings was that it is crucial to nurture good relationships in your life. We believe this also means ridding of the negative people if you need to.
Know where your boundaries lie and honour your self-worth! You cannot live a healthy lifestyle if you have toxic relationships around you that are causing you unwanted stress or feelings of criticism or a lack of support.
On the flip side, make time for those partners, family members or friends who provide positivity, encouragement, advice or fun! Utilise these key relationships and go to classes, go for walks, or go check out those healthy new cafes!
- The Truth team
Shani Kaplan is a contributing writer for Truth Origins. She combines her knowledge gained from working within the fitness/wellness industry in Sydney and London for the last seven years as a Personal Trainer, and class instructor, with her addiction to research due to her BA in Business Marketing. Shani loves martial arts, resistance training, dance and yoga, nutrition, travel, design, photography, and art.
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 Waldinger, R. (2015). What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness. [online] Ted.com. Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness?language=en#t-252418 [Accessed 16 Oct. 2019].