When you get at least 8 hours of sleep, your body is given time to repair and regenerate collagen, cells and tissue.
Sufficient sleep also reduces your risk for serious health concerns such as obesity, disease or even early death.
During sleep, your brain signals your body to activate hormones and compounds to:
- reduce the risk of adverse health conditions
- manage your hunger levels
- maintain your immune system
- help with memory retention
Getting adequate sleep is a daily habit to enforce and not something you can catch up on during the weekends.
If you’ve fallen into the habit of staying up each night, gradually add an extra hour or two in your daily sleeping routine until your body adjusts to a natural sleep pattern that works for you.
Exercising regularly helps you grow stronger. Daily tasks become less strenuous and your body is in a stronger state to stave off chronic illnesses.
Your appearance looks healthier too as you build stronger muscles and increase your heart rate and lung capacity. Besides, exercising regularly improves your posture and flexibility, giving you a vigorous and youthful appearance since your clothes fit better.
As a rule of thumb, 150 minutes of moderate activity would be sufficient every week. Brisk walking, cycling, recreational group sports are examples of moderate activities that you can get started with.
Engaging in physical activity also helps you to relieve stress, which takes away signs of stress such as fine lines from your face.
Hydration is key.
About 60 per cent of the average person’s weight is comprised of water. While there are differing opinions on the right water intake per day, the general guide is to drink at least 8 glasses (250ml) of water per day.
Staying hydrated reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dullness–– all signs of dehydration.
Dehydration can cause other undesirable effects such as fatigue, dizziness, mood swings, headaches and poor concentration. If you don’t drink enough water, you’re likely to feel drained and tired.
A balanced diet is not only about taking fast food out of the picture. It is about providing your body with sufficient nutrients so it can function efficiently and correctly.
Proper nutrition can be derived from eating any of the following:
- fresh fruits
- fresh vegetables
- whole grains
- lean proteins
Eating the right balance of food types help you feel and look better as your body has enough energy to perform efficiently.
Antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E protect your cells against free radicals that are produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation.
Vitamin C also has a moisturising effect. It stimulates collagen production, and fends off the damaging effects the sun or UV rays can cause on your skin.
Vitamin C can be applied topically onto the skin through serums or creams. This improves elasticity and helps the skin look younger and brighter.
It can also be consumed orally through tablets or foods rich in antioxidants. These include berries, oranges, kiwi, guava, grapefruit, pears and tomatoes among a myriad of other fruits.
Staying healthy is easily achievable when you make a game out of it.
Apps such as GETGREAT help you start and stay committed to your wellness and health goals.
In-app features like FitAge–– an estimate of how many years younger or older you are based on your lifestyle habits–– making healthy living fun. Pair it with a wearable and you can quickly learn which lifestyle choices you should tweak to feel and look younger.
Your FitAge is calculated by the amount of physical activity (number of steps taken), amount of rest (number of hours of sleep) and cardiovascular fitness (resting heart rate) that you have.
Get Started Today
If you have not started on any these 6 tips today, it’s not too late.
As a guide, you can aim for a daily target of at least 8000 steps, 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and a resting heart rate of 64bpm and under to see positive effects on your health.
Ultimately, the goal of healthy living is to make the most of your body and it’s abilities, so every day is more enjoyable and stress-free as it should be.