Boost your physical wellbeing

Jul 08, 2019

Looking after your physical wellbeing isn’t just about staying active… although being outside and making the most of the great outdoors does help. Getting a good night’s sleep and eating healthy also add to the many lifestyle factors that build up the cornerstones of a healthy way of life.

5 top tips for a healthy body

Eat well

Forget about dieting, just eat healthy. Have a banana, a small handful of nuts or some plain popcorn when you need a snack.

Get active

Be more active every day; walk the kids to school, take the stairs instead of the lift or go on a lunchtime walk with your colleagues.

Drink in moderation

Too much alcohol damages your liver, increases the risk of some cancers and can make you sluggish. Aim for 2 or 3 alcohol-free days each week.

Stay hydrated

Avoid fizzy drinks, instead drink plenty of water or decaffeinated drinks – headaches, migraines and lethargy are often triggered by dehydration.

Get a good night’s sleep

Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity by removing any distractions including TVs and computers. Avoid caffeine after 6pm, cut down on alcohol and relax with a guided meditation from Meditainment.

Soak up some sun

Spending time outside is not only great for your wellbeing, it’s also good for your health. That’s because when your skin is exposed to direct sunlight it produces Vitamin D, which is essential for helping keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Remember to protect your skin before you go out in the sun, use clothing to cover yourself or protect your skin using sunscreen. You can learn more about Vitamin D on the HSE website.

You are what you eat

Here are some of the top sweet and juicy super-fruits you can munch on to give yourself a boost!

  • Strengthen your immune system by harnessing the Vitamin A power of peachesand papayas
  • The benefits of blueberries are endless. Packed with antioxidants, these little blue beauties can help protect your skin and memory from the effects of ageing
  • Pick up a pineapple! It’s natural enzymes can speed up your bodies healing process and help prevent the formation of blood clots
  • Did you know that kiwis contain more Vitamin C than oranges? They can be eaten whole, fluffy skin and all, to help keep your bones, teeth, cartilage and gums in shape
  • Blackberries are brilliant! Bursting with antioxidants, just a handful can reduce your risk of developing cancer or having a stroke

Nutrition for improved energy, brain and sleep

In today's busy world our brains have to remember and process more than ever before. One easy way to keep your grey cells running smoothly is by eating the right foods.

Discover the link between what you eat and drink and your brain functions, memory and mental health, with a webinar from expert nutritionist Anjanette Fraser.

Article reproduced with the kind permission of CABA, the organisation providing lifelong support to ICAEW members, ACA students and their close family around the world.