Polokwane Observer



1. Eat healthy food

“Make it a point to eat foods that are rich in nutrients and fibre, but low in calories. These include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, beans, skinless poultry, lean meats and fatty fish such as salmon, trout and herring. Limit processed foods with saturated and trans fats, salt and added sugar.”

2. Walk more

“Walking is a great form of exercise and has many health benefits. Add more steps to your day by taking a longer route to your most frequented destinatio­ns. Where you can, rather take the stairs than the elevator.”

3. Drink enough water

“Over and above quenching your thirst, water plays many roles in your body including regulating body temperatur­e and blood pressure.

To make sure you drink enough, keep a water bottle near you as it serves as a great reminder to drink water consistent­ly.”

Once you have successful­ly incorporat­ed all these simple tips into your daily routine, you will be set to lead a good and healthy lifestyle.

4. Make safe choices regarding your sexual behaviour

“Leading a sexually safe lifestyle is vital to overall healthy living. Picking the right partner is a good start. The key is to minimise the risk of contractin­g infections that can be transmitte­d through blood or bodily fluids.”

5. Get enough sleep

“To function optimally, getting enough sleep is crucial. Try to go to sleep at around the same time every night to form a good routine. This will also reinforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle.”

These tips will also help you become a healthy regular blood donor, and allow you to assist those in need of emergency blood as blood stocks remain critically low.

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