Did you know that South Africa has the highest overweight and obesity rate in sub-Saharan Africa? With over 70% of women and a third of men being classified as overweight and obese, South Africans are facing some weighty problems!
Not only is obesity a major cause of diabetes but it is also said to have a link to certain cancers including colon and breast cancer. While these statistics may motivate you to get to the gym for the next month, are you motivated enough to boost your health and maintain it? If you answered yes, here are 5 steps to boost your health, maintain it and enjoy a healthy, energetic life.
Nourish your body!
A regular intake of balanced food rich in proteins and carbohydrates along with an elaborate workout works wonders on our body.
A balanced diet also reduces sugar cravings, which can be supremely detrimental to those seeking a healthier lifestyle.
Processed food is perhaps the bane of our existence; if you want to keep your body clean, stay away from sugar laden chemically treated food that is so commonly sold these days. To take a look at some nutritious meal options – check out the FITstrong Foodie Blog
Guzzle that H20
Did you know that water ensures proper cellular hydration which is essential to a healthy lifestyle. The body needs an adequate amount of water in order to perform at its optimum rate.
Drinking up to 8 glasses of water will do your body the world of good including keeping you feeling fresh and strong during your next workout.
Get up and get out! And no, you don’t have to go from zero to cardio hero to see the benefits. Being active, even if you start of with 30 mins 4 times a week, can transform your world.
If you’re looking to mix up your routine and be challenged by innovative workouts – check out the classes we offer at FITstrong. We’ve got everything from bootcamp, to HIIT classes and pilates style classes – just take your pick!
Prep your meal times
Plan your meals in advance to make sure you don’t circum to unhealthy snacking and overeating!
A good breakfast will also help you avoid those mid-morning munchies, and a packed lunch will ensure you eat healthy food at the right portion sizes.
Get enough ZZZZ’s
According to Paul Lagerwey, Owner at FITstrong gym, getting enough sleep is crucial for athletic performance because it is the only time that your muscles, your heart and your blood vessels get time to repair themselves. Sleep also helps your body maintain a healthy balance of hormones which is essential to staying healthy, vigilant and energetic.
So there you have it! 5 steps to boosting your health and maintaining it for the rest of your life. If you’re keen to spice up your life- come give us a visit at FITstrong, we’re more than happy to give you some health tips and get you living your best life.