8 Principles To Healthy Living

8 Principles To Healthy Living

Sometimes life just throws lemons at you and you start to feel off track.  Here are 8 principles to consider to help you create more balance in your life and how to develop a healthy living routine. 


Ensure that 50-70% of your diet is fresh fruit and vegetables.  In particular, eating fruit and vegetables in their raw state provides increased nutrition.  Eating a wide variety fruit and vegetables, rather than the same ones, will help increase a diverse vitamin and nutrition intake.  Although fried fatty foods to some are irresistible, try to avoid them if you can.  


Keep active! A minimum of 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times a week (or daily), is key to good health.  The “Swap It, Don’t Stop It” campaign is an excellent idea of modifying your existing patterns, rather than radical change.  Some examples include: 

  • Park the car further away and enjoy a short walk. 
  • Get off the bus one stope earlier and walk the rest of the way.  
  • Meet friends for a walk instead of coffee and cake.  


Drink 8 glasses of water a day.  A handy way to ensure you get your liquid intake is to have a sipper bottle with you the whole day.


The sun is our primary source of Vitamin D, so aim to get 10 minutes a day.  When you are out in the sunshine, it makes you feel really  good! 


Temperance is considered a virtue and it is all about controlling one’s self.  For a healthy lifestyle, drinking in moderation and avoiding cigarettes and drugs is a great start to creating balance.  Essentially, we want more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff! 


Breathe is essential to life.  For many, breathing too quickly may lead to anxiety and hyperventilation.  6-10 breaths per minute from your belly is optimal, so it is best to slow down if you are faster than this.   A good book to read is “Breathing Matters” by Jim Bartley. 


The majority of people require 8 hours sleep per night.  Ensure that you go to bed at the same time each evening if you can to create a consistent sleep pattern.  If you are restless during your sleep, you may need to consider medical advice from your health professional.  

Love and Trust 

Feeling loved and trusted by your friends, family, partner and work colleagues helps to reduce stress in your life and creates a sense of stability.  If you are not at peace with someone important in your life, try to make things right.  A load will be lifted from your shoulders. 

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