The warmer weather is here. Add these four tips to your daily routine as soon as possible.
* Find your starting point. Before you can improve your health, you first need to realise where you are starting from. Create your own health profile by seeing your doctor for your annual physical. Record your height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and other important levels. Then monitor your numbers throughout the season to see how they improve.
* Drink more water. Your body is made up of roughly 70 per cent water and medical experts recommend you drink nine to 13 cups a day, depending on your height, weight and gender. If you want to avoid caffeinated or sugared beverages, look for a water that can help replenish your body with essential minerals.
* Set realistic goals. Goal setting is an important part of any health initiative, but equally important is that the goals be realistic and reachable. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, lower your cholesterol or lessen your blood pressure, speak with your doctor to find your desired levels and what they think is a realistic timeframe to reach them.
* Get some sleep. Your new busy warm weather lifestyle may make this one a challenge, but you should never sacrifice sleep for other activities.
Sleeping eight hours a night is recommended and it’s also important you try to go to bed and get up at the same times whenever possible. The more you can stick to a set sleep schedule, the better your long-term health will be.