Be­ing healthy doesn’t have to be a full-time job. Max­imise your well­be­ing in a jiffy with these tried-and-tested strate­gies. By Kim­berly Gil­lan

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - LIVE -

Non-ex­er­cise ac­tiv­ity ther­mo­ge­n­e­sis ( NEAT) refers to calo­ries burned while do­ing ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties such as fid­get­ing, which boosts

your meta­bolic rate.

You know the rules: You need five serves of veg, two of fruit, some whole­grains, protein and a few litres of wa­ter each day. Add to that some car­dio and strength ex­er­cises to keep you in shape, some med­i­ta­tion for stress re­lief and eight hours’ sleep to let your body recharge, and it’s no won­der that so many people are overwhelmed at the mere thought of be­ing healthy. How­ever, the good news is there are plenty of health short­cuts that will help you tick all the boxes with­out feel­ing like a slave to the cause. Hav­ing break­fast is im­por­tant, but so is not be­ing late for work. If you don’t have time to poach some eggs, have a liq­uid break­fast. “Make your own smoothie us­ing re­duced-fat milk, yo­ghurt, fresh fruit and some oats or other whole­grain ce­real,” ac­cred­ited prac­tis­ing di­eti­tian Jemma O’Hanlon, of Nu­tri­tion Aus­tralia, says. “Get it ready the night be­fore, then blend it be­fore you leave for work in the morn­ing.”

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