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Health And Wellness Crucial

Being physically active helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
17 Jun 2022 17:00
Health And Wellness Crucial
Flying Fijians centre Semi Radradra with Fiji Sun staff after their wellness programme at Albert Park on June 15, 2022. Back (from left) Peni Matasuka, Ilai Taka, Percy Kean and Jope Gaunavou. Middle row: Naisa Koroi, Sera Maiwakaya and Jane Tabutei. Front: Rayape Karavaki. Photo: Naisa Koroi

Did you know that you can strategically save money and make healthy life choic­es?

Invest in health and wellness dur­ing this hard economic times.

Improvise in the mode of trans­portation, diet, spending and food.

Health and wellness is at the palm of your hands: it is a solution that can tackle tight budgets.

With the increase in bus fares, fuel and food costs its best that we change our mindset and invest into healthy alternatives.

Research shows that being seden­tary is bad for your physical and mental health, so staying active is important.

A fresh mind generates positive ideas that can help in making the right and important decisions in life.

Everyone knows that taking care of yourself is critical for your physical health and well-being.

But you might be worried that staying fit means having to break your budget.

Well, I have good news! Here are some excellent ways you can stay healthy and also save money.

  • Walking or ride your bicycle to and from work daily would save your fare for the week at the same time keeps you healthy.
  • Investing in fruits and vegetable is a plus for your diet;
  • Choose carbs, energy and pro­tein giving food instead of fast food;
  • Blend a customize juice. (Apple and carrots) instead of soft or fizzy drinks and
  • Car pulling helps save fuel costs, get off 30 minutes from work place and take a walk.

Health and wellness advantages

Being physically active helps low­er blood pressure and cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

It also helps maintain muscle mass and bone density, reducing the risk of developing sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and osteopo­rosis (loss of bone density).

Physical activity also helps to keep your immune system work­ing effectively as it flushes bacteria from the lungs and airways, in­creases white blood cell circulation and raises body temperature, all of which help the body fight infection.

Improvise

While we love to make excuses even if you’re stuck at home, there are ways you can stay active and continue your workout routine and some of these require very little or no equipment.

If you are lucky enough to own an exercise bike or treadmill, then you will already be accustomed to this in-house way of keeping fit. But if these are not possible then any ac­tivity that raises the heart rate is good for cardiovascular health.

Try walking briskly around the house or up and down the stairs. And stand or walk around when you’re on the phone, rather than sitting down.

Dancing is also a great way to keep active, especially with chil­dren, so putting on some music for ten to 15 minutes, two or three times each day can really contrib­ute to the daily exercise quota.

Alternatively, you could dig out that old skipping rope from the garage, reengage with those long-forgotten fitness, yoga, tai chi or Pilates DVDs, or use the many apps and YouTube videos promoting physical activity.

Resistance exercises can also help strengthen your muscles and im­prove your mobility.

Some of these exercises can be performed using weights or resist­ance bands, but if you don’t have access to them, that shouldn’t stop you.

Squats or sit-to-stands from a stur­dy chair, push-ups against a wall or the kitchen counter, and lunges or single-leg step-ups on stairs are all great for those new to these kinds of exercises.

You could even put your tins of baked beans, bags of rice, bottled water or flour to good use.

They make great dumbbell substi­tutes or, if you tie them up in a car­rier bag, you have an improvised kettlebell.

If these items aren’t heavy enough for you, consider using the heaviest item in many households – your children. Safely, of course.

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