Living a healthy, balanced life is easier said than done. And because being healthy means different things to everyone, it’s not a one size fits all. But there are habits that we all could add to out daily routine. Why? Because they come highly recommended by those who have a handle on this healthy living thing. And no need to worry – you won’t find any kale smoothies and juice detoxes here.
1. Stoke Your Metabolism
For Women’s Health’s Next Fitness Star Inge Bezuidenhout, a cup of coffee is her go-to morning habit to get her metabolism humming. Starting your day with black coffee can have major benefits; think enhancing brain function, giving you the boost you need to get through an intense workout, and aiding weight loss. Just be sure to skip the sugar.
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2. Eat A Balance Breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. “I always start my day with a healthy, well balanced breakfast that includes complex carbohydrates such as oats, fruit and some protein,” says personal trainer Botle Kayamba. Eating a good breakfast can assist with weight loss, helps you get in those much-needed nutrients and will power you through your busy schedule.
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3. Meditate Every Morning
Who doesn’t want to feel happier, less stressed and sleep better? Meditation and being mindful of the good in your life have numerous benefits, from improving concentration to lowering blood pressure and helping with pain. Yogi Mali Ramara meditates and keeps a daily gratitude journal to help set the tone for her day: “I believe in setting my mind in the direction of how I want to feel when I exercise and throughout the day.”
4. Drink Your Daily Water Quota
Staying hydrated is super important for bodily function. From clear skin to helping with digestion, water can do it all. It’s recommended that we drink one to 1.5 litres a day. Water helps to flush out toxins and can assist with weight loss; in fact, Ramara swears by water for a flat tummy, especially if you’re a fan of carbs (i.e. everyone). “I believe that to be able to lose weight and get a flat tummy, water is key,” she says. So, what are you waiting for? Chug away, sister!
5. Have A Reason To Wake Up
It’s hard to wake up in the morning, especially on those cold winter mornings, but having a reason to get going can make all the difference. For personal trainer Simo Supana, it’s her love of what she does that gets her out of bed. “More than anything, it’s the passion for fitness that drives me to stay as healthy and fit as I can be,” she says. Whether it’s planning an exciting breakfast or finding a form of exercise you love, having a reason to be motivated will have you throwing off the covers.
6. Maximise Your Zs
It sucks trudging through your day feeling sluggish and tired. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting your eight hours of sleep. Trainer Mosibudi Maponya says quality sleep helps her stay focused throughout the day. Having a good night’s rest is as important as eating healthily and exercising. Plus: Studies show a link between sleep duration and weight – those who slept for less than six hours a day were 55 percent more likely to be overweight! Sleeping also improves physical performance and assists in recovery. Ready to kill it at the gym?