Left-field ways to get healthier right now

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Here are six alternative ways to get healthier right now, without really trying:

Spring clean your make-up bag:
Your make-up bag is probably harbouring a lot of bacteria and germs in old products and dirty make-up brushes.

Put on some protective gloves, and wash all of your make-up items as well as your make-up bag and throw away any product past their use-by date.  Clean your makeup tools – double check how to clean makeup brushes for a proper cleanse. Once your make-up bag is clean and organised, you will feel refreshed and healthier – and ready to book your next holiday.

Exercise at the weekend
Many of us worry about the amount of exercise we do, wanting to get to the gym more often than we can. But don’t fret – recent research suggests you will benefit just as much from doing all your weekly exercise in two big sessions at the weekend, than if you were to spread it out across the week. So for those who are busy Monday to Friday, simply head out on your days of rest and get fit then. You can also alternate between indoors and outdoors workouts, so take advantage of those sunny days to explore nature, inhale fresh hair and get inspired by the views while getting fitter and healthier.

Take a sabbatical
Stress can really affect your health and sometimes the only thing you need to do is stop the routine, de-stress and take some real time out. Many professionals swear by the positive impact of taking a sabbatical, so if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, negotiate with your employer for some extended time off and see how that makes you feel.  You can even rent out your home on air b&b when away to finance your time off. If you can’t take extended leave right now, it’s also healthy for both body and mind to schedule your annual leave, if you can, throughout the whole year instead of having a full month off.

Switch to unsaturated fat
But fat is unhealthy right? Well, in fact there are good and bad types of fat and overwhelming evidence suggests switching from the bad stuff – known as saturated fat – to the good – unsaturated fat, could do your body a big favour. Saturated fat is found in animal fats like meat, butter and products like cakes, biscuits and crisps. Unsaturated fat is present in foods like salmon, avocado, nuts and seeds. So start 2017 with an updated diet.

Reduce the amount of drinks and switch to water
Yep, we know too much sugar is not great for our health, but the bad news is too many artificially sweetened drinks may not be great either. Research around this topic is still ongoing, but is is already showing that drinking high amounts of so-called diet drinks may have negative impacts on your health. Hydrate naturally with water, kick the iced tea, soft drinks and low sugar drinks and even juices, and you’ll avoid any potential effects, and drop weight fast.

Dance, dance, dance
Dancing is a great way to get your body moving and shed some pounds without really trying. If you’re not one for exercising in general, finding a style of dance you enjoy. Go out with friends, try a zumba class or enrol in ballet. Your body will thank you for anything that gets you a bit more active.

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Renae Leith-Manos

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Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

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