Find making and sticking to new year health resolutions difficult ? They need not be complex ! Discover 8 simple ways of enhancing health and fitness in 2015...
1. Drink more green tea
It is simple, easy and healthy ! Green tea , studies have shown can fight inflammation in the body . The antioxidants found in green tea , called “flavanoids” fight inflammation that can lead to cell damage and increases risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. So two to three cups of green tea a day, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle is a great way of getting the added health benefit !
2. Move more
Sitting for prolonged periods of time increases risk of diabetes and heart disease by 30 % according to a study. For the new year, set yourself alarms or pop up messages on your computer screen to get up every hour, stretch and walk around more. This should be in addition to a regular exercise program of 30 to 45 minutes at least five days a week.
3. Eat a different coloured fruit a day
Fruits pack in loads of health benefits and most of these are concentrated in the colours of the fruits. These coloured pigments in fruits have anti cancer properties and reduces risk of heart disease and stroke, besides being rich in fiber and vitamins. The more the merrier when it comes to colours ! So , choose a different coloured fruit a day for the new year. Try all those fruits you have never tried before !
4. Use more greens
Greens are a powerhouse of nutrition ! Drumstick , radish and cauliflower leaves pack in more calcium than milk and are great in iron and fiber too ! If you have never included these, try innovative ways of including these in your diet. Puree them, add to the rotis, or gravies, add these to the chutneys or the regular palak paneer !
5. Drink more coconut water;
Coconut water is nature’s way of ensuring perfect hydration for the body. It packs in the exact composition of salt and sugar that mimics the human blood ! Indeed, for marathoners and athletes, coconut water is the best way to rehydrate and replenish lost fluids without harming the body.
6. Drink more water
Water is the best beverage ! It not only rehydrates, but keeps skin moist, flushes out toxins and helps in digestion. In 2015, replace all fuzzy and sugary drinks with ..a glass of plain water !
7. Cut down on sugar and salt
Too much sugar and salt can interfere with nutrition absorption ! Excess salt can lead to bloating, and can increase the risk of hypertension. Sugar , harms the teeth, causing decay and also can lead to high triglyceride levels. Lower the levels of both in your diet. Just aim to reduce by 1 teaspoon each per day.
8. Replace white with brown rice
Brown rice is rich in fiber and vitamins . It is filling and does not result in high blood sugar levels which is a common concern with polished white rice. In 2015, replace white with brown rice, try out idli, dosa , pulao and all rice based dishes with brown rice or brown basmati rice !