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
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.”