Healthy Lifestyle month: Extra tips and information.

Healthy Lifestyle month: Extra tips and information.

Healthy lifestyle awareness month is celebrated annually in February each year in South Africa. It is a whole month program to educate the country on healthy living, physical activity and wellness – mental and physical.

It is a fact that in order to prevent diseases, curb the elements of stress and enhance overall wellbeing a healthy lifestyle is mandatory.

What is a healthy lifestyle?

Some of the important essentials of a healthy lifestyle are the following:

  • Healthy, nutritious diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Avoidance of toxins and stimulants like cigarettes or alcohol
  • Sound sleep
  • Regular check ups


It’s time to take care of you!   ——— You deserve it!!!!

Good nutrition

  • Eat at least 3 fruits every day – Make a salad
  • Add more beans to your diet
  • Increase your vegetable intake
  • Eat whole grains such as brown rice, brown bread etc.
  • Enjoy two sources of dairy a day
  • Avoiding processed or packaged foods
  • Eat 3 meals a day
  • Drink more water. Men should aim to drink around 12 glasses of fluid a day, and women should drink around nine glasses. A glass is 250ml.


Regular physical activity

  • Make small changes to the amount of exercise you get in a day
  • Take the stairs instead
  • You only need to do up to 30 minutes of exercise a day
  • Get a friend to join you at the gym; someone who will keep you motivated
  • Plan an exercise program at home if you feel too self-conscious to go to the gym
  • Take part in a fun sport such as baseball, cricket, golf or tennis


Tobacco control

  • Don’t smoke. But if you do, here are a few tips to kicking the nasty habit:
  • Be prepared for cravings
  • Identify your smoking triggers. For example, situations that bring on stress
  • Join a nicotine support group
  • Consider using quitting aids such as nicotine patches or gums.
  • Ask your doctor to prescribe something to help you quit
  • Set a quit goal. By this date you will have quit smoking
  • Avoid friends and family who smoke around you
  • Don’t. Buy. Any. More. Cigarettes


Intervention against alcohol and substance abuse to maintain healthy lifestyles

  • Set a drinking goal or standard for yourself. Resolve to only enjoying one alcoholic drink when at a party
  • Don’t keep alcohol in your home
  • Drink slowly
  • Look for alcohol-free alternatives
  • Don’t give in to peer pressure. If you’re old enough to drink legally, you’re old enough to overcome peer pressure
  • Get support. If you feel you have a problem, don’t let it fester. Join a group if you have to.


Substance abuse

  • Identify the signs of substance abuse
  • Invest in strategies to help you get through it
  • Do thorough research of your recovery options
  • Alcohol and substance abuse are often used as coping mechanisms for depression and anxiety
  • Alcohol and substance abuse can actually increase the risk for mental health problems


Promotion of safe sexual behaviour

  • Always use a contraceptive before engaging in sexual activities with a significant other
  • Unsafe sex can lead to the spread of STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis
  • Get tested for HIV regularly
  • Limit your number of sexual partners
  • Visit a doctor when you spot the signs of an STD
  • Chlamydia rates are higher amongst young women


Regular check-ups                                                                                                           Visiting doctors, dentists is always a good way to keep a check on your body. These can help you detect problems pretty early and enable a quicker treatment. Celebrate this month by taking up appointments and getting the necessary check-ups in order to find out the details about your precious body.

Sound sleep                                                                                                                                            

  • Stick to a sleep schedule,
  • Create a restful environment,
  • Limit daytime naps ,
  • Manage worries

Famsa delivers wellness coaching. They help their clients find the motivation and tools to get to their physical and emotional health goals, learn resilience and coping skills for a well life.

Healthy Lifestyles Awareness month …. Make it a good one!




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