These daily habits can add years to your life

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FIRST THINGS FIRST – WATER!

When you wake up in the morning, your body needs an hydration boost after going without water for about eight hours.

Have a glass of water or two first thing in the morning, as part of your eight glasses a day.

Keep a bottle of water next to your bed as a reminder.

STRETCH

“Once out of bed, do some light stretch exercises to get the joints and muscles

moving,” says Dr Faatimah Kimmie of KimoraMed, a general practice in Lansdowne

in Cape Town.

Stretching improves circulation and helps remove tension from your body.

Hold each stretch for around 30 seconds.

WASH YOUR HANDS

We know this now more than ever! Regular handwashing is one of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of germs to yourself and others.

Wet your hands, apply soap and wash for at least 20 seconds and rinse and always keep a good hand sanitiser in your bag.

TAKE MANAGING YOUR STRESS SERIOUSLY

“Stress releases cortisol that paralyses your immune cells,” says Dr Marike Ransome from The Family Doctor in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Find a balance between work, social interactions, relationships, self-care and family life. This balance will help you to keep control of situations because you’ve allocated enough time to each area that’s important to you.

SPEND TIME OUTDOORS

Although too much sun is harmful, doctors now agree that a daily dose of sun

has benefits for your health.

It not only provides the body with vitamin D, but recent studies suggest it may also help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

And a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine that monitored almost 30 000 women for about 20 years found that those who spent more time in the sun lived up to two years longer. But remember to regularly apply sunscreen.

A diet rich in nutrients goes a long way in protecting your health and preventing chronic illness. We’ve worked out a plan to ease you into a healthy way of eating. Your future self will thank you! Learn more about Detox with DRUM, our 4-week online eating plan.

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