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Spring is that time of year when you start to focus on health and wellbeing. With this sun shining, you get out and about more, have more of a taste for salads, and are more inclined to work on your emotional wellness. Now, then, is the perfect time to review the system of best practices to improve health. Best practices are “methods or techniques that consistently show results superior to those achieved with other ordinary means”, which means setting new benchmarks for being healthier, having more stamina, energy and improved immunity. Though lifestyle changes, you can have the best health, quality of life and lifespan, and reach a state of complete mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Firstly, it’s not just about nutrition, but nutrient density for better wellness. This means consuming more nutrients for fewer calories. One way to do this is by eating nutrient-dense foods, as their texture – and high content of fibre, high-quality carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats and micronutrients – make them naturally low in calories. The best cooking practices for nutrient-dense foods are steaming, grilling and baking.
The best practice for exercise is to be active for 30-45 minutes every day, and to vary your routines. Your exercise regime needs to include a combination of different kinds of aerobic exercise (such as walking, running, swimming, cycling), weight and resistance training, playing a sport and pilates, yoga and stretching. This is because different exercises do different things for your health; aerobic training increases your stamina and heart and lung health, while weight training is vital to maintain healthy bone and musculature. You need to do pilates and yoga to improve your core and spinal health, and stretching helps to keep your muscles flexible and joints mobile.
Neck and back niggles affect your overall health and disrupt your regular exercise routines, so you need to look after your posture. Ergonomic furniture is designed to support the natural curvature of the spine, and so this can really benefit your posture – especially while doing computer work. Your emotional wellness will also improve with better posture, as frequent niggles also affect mood and overall productivity. You can rest your neck muscles and prevent eye strain by taking hourly breaks from your computer, as well as having a time-out on your mobile and tablet.