Total health is not just about nutrition.

Although nutrition plays a large part the other choices we make in out lives also affect our overall health. Here are some simple fitness and lifestyle information and tips to put you in top form.

Exercise helps more than just the body:

Research suggests that physical fitness training leads to improved mood, self-concept and work behaviour. The evidence also shows that physical fitness appears to bolster cognative performance during and after physical stress.

It does not matter what type of physical activity is performed. Sports, planned exercise, house work, or occupational tasks are all beneficial. The key factor is total energy expenditure, if that it constant, improvements in fitness and health will be comparable.

Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends

The amount people need to sleep varies from person to person, however experts have told us that an average adult needs between on 7-9 of undisturbed sleep a night.

Everyone's sleep-wake cycle is regulated by a "circadian clock" in our brain and the body's need to balance both sleep time and wake time. A regular waking time in the morning strengthens the circadian function, can help with sleep onsetat night and therefore help maintain a healthy mind and body.

Napping can be good for you

Evidence shows a nap during the afternoon restores wakefulness and promotes preformance and learning.

Napping for as short as 10 minutes improves performance, naps of less than 30 minutes duration confer seceral benefits, whereas longer naps are associated with a loss of productivity and sleep inertia.

Vitamins keep you in tiptop condition

Vitamins are a biochemical that you need in small amounts in order to be healthy and perform at your best both athletically and mentally.

Vitamins are called essential because your body can't make them, and you need them to be healthy. Ideally, essential vitamins are gotten from food, but you can take supplements if you don't get the right amounts.

Water is essential to overall health and fitness

Water makes up 65-75% of the body, and every cell requires water to perform its essential functions. Through exercise and exertion we lose water every day. in order to have and maintain a healthy body it is important to replenish these supplies regularly.


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