Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 04:11 pm

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(By Herbalife Nutrition SA )

You’ve probably overindulged during the festive season, and while that’s perfectly ok, your body is likely craving some real, whole foods and a fresh start to 2021…

While it’s tempting to resort to quick fixes to shed any holiday weight, a varied and balanced diet combined with regular activity is a far more effective way of maintaining a healthier, more nutritious lifestyle.

No idea where to start? Here are some tips and tricks to ensure a seamless shift towards a brand-new you.

1.     Start small, finish big

It’s important to set small, realistic targets for yourself instead of pie-in-the-sky goals that you aren’t likely to stick to. When beginning a new fitness programme, give yourself time to warm up and cool down and don’t overexert yourself. Rather, start slow and build the momentum as you go. The same applies to your eating habits; start by cutting down your portion sizes and being more mindful about what you put into your body before diving headfirst into a new way of eating.

2.     Eat a variety of foods

No one food group has all the nutrients we need to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating a variety of fresh and nutritious foods is then a great way to give your body what it needs to stay strong. Aim to eat a mix of wholegrain foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products and foods from animal sources like fish, meat and poultry. Try steaming or boiling instead of frying food when cooking and importantly, work to cut back on your salt intake and limit vegetable oils and sugar.

3.     Try a multi-purpose supplement

Whether in beverage, powder or shake form – supplements are a great way to address any deficiencies within the body or where you feel certain nutrients are lacking from your chosen food groups. What’s more, supplements aid in your all-important energy levels, helping you get through the day not to mention a workout.

Supplements and a well-balanced diet work together to ensure that we’re living optimally – combining the two is, therefore, an effective way to tick off one of those New Year’s resolutions.

4.     Get enough sleep

It’s no secret, the impact sleep has on our health. For one, sleep aids in healing and repairing your heart and blood vessels. During, the body also produces infection-fighting substances that help better your immune system. Physical health aside – a good night’s sleep is as important for your mental health. A lack thereof can lead to symptoms like depression and anxiety – none of which are conducive to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Adults should on average get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night if you’re to truly give your body and mind time to rest.

5.     Always stay hydrated

Another bit of advice you’re sure to have received before is to drink enough water. And rightly so! Not only does it deliver oxygen throughout the body, but water can also help maintain blood pressure, aid in the digestive process and boosts performance – all of which are integral to maintaining a healthier lifestyle. It’s recommended that we should be drinking up to 2 litres of water a day to stay hydrated. While you’re at it, regulate your caffeine and alcohol intake – both of which can throw you out of balance when too much is consumed.

How to win a Herbalife hamper valued at R1500!

10 Lucky readers stand a chance to win a Herbalife Nutrition hamper that contains the following: 

  • 1x Formula 1 Shake Mix
  • 1 x Instant Herbal Beverage with Tea Extracts
  • 1x cooler bag
  • 1 x yoga mat
  • 1x gym ball
  • 1x lanyard
  • 1x large water bottle
  • 1 x Herbal Aloe Concentrate

Competition closes Wednesday, 17 February 2021 at midnight.

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