Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day - How to live a healthy life (the simple way with health insurance)
From diet tips, where you can have your cake and eat it, to exercising the right and easy way - here’s what you need to know about being healthy
The 16th of February 2019 is Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day in South Africa.
This day is used to focus on the elements of a healthy lifestyle which include everything from eating right, controlling tobacco use, stopping substance abuse and exercising regularly.
Across South Africa, a number of campaigns will work together in promoting these factors in hopes of leading people to choose a healthier lifestyle.
Now, we know what you might be thinking - being healthy is hard! But this thing is, it’s not if you do it the right way.
So many people believe that healthy living has to come with giving up everything you love (cake included) and having to go on some fad diet to try and lose weight, when in actual fact that weight, and more, just comes back the moment you start eating normally again.
The facts on being healthy
Dieting doesn't mean broccoli, rice and dry chicken.
Exercising doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym every day.
And drinking and smoking? Well, these are not healthy habits. The trick is to cut down on drinking alcohol to one or two drinks over the weekend (not every day) and to stop smoking completely.
Tips for healthy living
1. Drink more water
You have heard this before and now you are reading it here, but so many of us simply do not drink enough water.
Water is so important for every part of our body to function correctly. It helps to remove waste and carry nutrients and oxygen around our bodies. We should be drinking about 2 litres of water every single day. Plain, straight up water.
Have a look at our article on what the colour of your urine means - this should tell you if you are drinking enough water or not.
2. Exercise - but make it fun!
Movement is the key to living a healthy life. But this doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the gym every day.
Research has shown that just working out for 30 minutes a day can increase your lifespan, prevent you from getting sick by strengthening your immune system and eliminate stress!
That’s right - exercise gets rid of stress and helps not only to keep you fit and healthy but sleep better too!
The trick with exercise is to make it fun! Walking, cycling, dance classes, taking the stairs, making sure you walk around every hour - all of these things can make a huge difference in your health!
3. Make sure you get enough sleep
This tip ties into the exercise point above. If you are exercising daily, then sleeping better will come naturally.
The trick with getting enough (and good) sleep is to make sure you cut out caffeine and big meals before bed.
Have a small dinner which is easier for your body to process while you sleep and make sure you are getting between 7 and 8 hours every night. You have no idea the difference a good night of sleep can make to your life.
Head’s up - a lack of sleep has been linked to obesity and other health issues such as diabetes.
4. Eat better
This one is pretty obvious and you have no doubt heard it before too! But here’s the thing…
What you eat is a major factor in the health of your entire body.
Above all else, you need to make sure you are eating properly and well. This doesn’t mean that you need to jump right into the latest fad diet of no carbs, no sugar and no fun!
Diets don’t work!
They might have some results (trust us, when you cut out that much food you are bound to lose weight), but losing weight quickly by cutting out entire food groups is not healthy and not everyone’s body is suited to the right diet.
The trick to eating better is making healthy eating choices a lifestyle. Get the baked potato instead of fried chips, if you are craving chocolate, have a piece of dark chocolate, include more fruits and veggies in your diet and try to cut out any processed foods. Want a pizza? Why not try out the new banting bases? Want something sweet? Have you tried some healthy recipes?
So, you can still have your cake and eat it. But not every day.
White flours are a big no-no, rather have low GI or wholewheat bread or pasta.
Cut out sugary drinks (you can have diet drink every other day), cut down the amount of sugar you put in your tea.
What it comes down to is this…
By making the small changes in your life it can make a big difference.
5. Stop smoking and cut down on alcohol
Smoking tobacco products is bad for your health and there is no way around it and so is heavy drinking. Having one or two glasses of wine or beers on the weekend is okay, but drinking every day is not.
Smoking and drug use (alcohol) have been linked to more health issues than we can count. If you cut down on drinking and stop smoking you will notice how your entire life will change for the better.
6. Get health insurance
So, where does health insurance fit into all of this?
Well, you might be wondering what health insurance even is.
Health insurance is an affordable alternative to medical aid. It is a form of short-term insurance and gives you the same access to private healthcare as medical aid, the difference is, you pay less. A lot less.
How this works is that health insurance gives you a set rate that they will cover you for according to the plan you choose.
It’s more than just a hospital plan
And if you choose health insurance with Oneplan, we also offer you amazing out of hospital benefits and cover you for the dentist, doctor and even specialist visits.
By having health insurance, you can get that annual checkup and not have to break the bank. You can go to the doctor when you have the flu and get better.
Basically, health insurance helps keep you healthy and when you live a healthy lifestyle and have medical insurance, your life will change for the better.
Yours in health,