W hen last have you sat down for a few minutes to think about your health? Do you know which health group are in at the moment? Below is a description of the various health groups. Which group do you belong to?

Group A– If you have a bit of high blood pressure, a few extra kilos, a 5-a-day smoking habit and never exercise anymore or never exercised in your life, then you belong in this group.

Group B– If you always participate in outdoor activities that makes you exercise a lot, you run marathons, spend hours preparing exactly the right food and don’t smoke nor drink, then you belong in this group.

Congratulations if you are in group B. If you are in group A, I would like to share a few tips with you that can help you live a good healthy life. Remember it’s not too late to live a healthy life. The good news is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not have to be about being excessively strict or qualified. It’s about following a reasonable and practical approach to health. What you do most of the time is the important thing.

You don’t have to go overboard. If you do. you might get tired and end up quitting your healthy lifestyle practices. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not that difficult to achieve. I am going to share few tips with you and hope you will start implementing them soon.


Start with small exercises

Remember that you don’t have to be hard on yourself in order to get all the benefits of exercise. The amount of exercise recommended for general health and fitness is only 20-25 minutes, 3 – 4 times per week. A stiff walk around two street blocks will do it. You can also do huge ones if you think you can. They have good payoff such as prevention of heart attacks blood pressure, strokes etc.

Stop smoking

Quitting smoking is easier said than done. And let’s face it, nicotine is one of the most addictive substances around, so it’s no wonder quitting is so hard. However this shouldn’t discourage you because it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Remember one in every two smokers die of smoking-related diseases, and those exceptionally dangerous chemicals will not only affect your lungs, but they spread right throughout your body.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say that you must do whatever it takes to quit. Look for help, join a related programme. And if it doesn’t work first time round, try again. Giving up won’t get you anywhere.

Lose weight

This is another difficult task. Just like smoking, it’s easier said than done. As I have said in my first point, it’s all about getting in to the routine of exercising. Start whatever you know will work for you best, slowly. Find something that fits your lifestyle that you can stick to. There are lots of great advantages of having a normal weight such as reduced heart diseases, good self esteem, good bone density, etc

Eat healthy food

You must make sure that you don’t eat junk food on a regular basis. Eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and products that are low in animal fats. Reduce foods that are refined such as white bread, rice and sugar. It’s best to use brown bread and sugar. They say you must eat breakfast as a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like pauper.

Turn off the TV.

Once a week, turn off the TV and do something a little more physical with your family. Play games or take a walk. Most people eat a lot when they are sitting in front of the TV.

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