Thursday, April 7th, is World Health Day, presented by the World Health Organization (WHO). The campaign theme for 2016 is Beat Diabetes, and the WHO is dedicated to raising awareness about the rise in diabetes around the world.
Most diabetes cases are preventable, and the WHO says simple lifestyle measures like maintaining normal body weight, exercising regularly and eating healthy have proven effective in preventing and delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes.
In honour of World Health Day, we are reminding TLC members how important (and beneficial) it is to live a triACTIVE lifestyle. This month, we challenge you to pick up these five daily habits that will have a positive effect on your health. Let’s work together to ditch diabetes and celebrate the benefits of mental and physical wellness.
Say no to the SNOOZE button. We know it’s tempting, but each time you press SNOOZE, you’re confusing your mind and your body. That extra five minutes in bed will actually leave you feeling groggy and may actually affect your ability to focus at school or work.
Dedicate 30 minutes per day to physical activity. Think of it this way – a 60-minute workout is only 4% of your day, so squeezing in a quick 30-minute walk/jog should be a piece of cake! It will also boost your mood and your energy for the rest of the day.
Maintain a healthy diet. The key is not to count every calorie, but to simply be mindful of what you are putting into your body. Lean meats, leafy greens, nutritious grains, fruits and vegetables will make your mind and body very happy.
Give yourself a break. Take time to relax and unwind after a busy workday. This could be a leisurely stroll through the park, a yoga class at the TLC, or a relaxing bath. It’s important to treat your body well, as it works hard to keep you moving.
Practice optimism. Stop thinking of physical activity as a chore, and start thinking of it as a gateway to a happy, healthy life. Head to the TLC with confidence, and grab a workout buddy if you need a little boost!