Health & wellbeing

A new lease on life

A few months into the new year is a good time for a lifestyle check – replacing negative habits with more positive ones.

Often after the excess of Christmas and New Year celebrations people can feel like they have overdone it and need to get ‘back on track’. And just as often, the resolutions we promise ourselves are broken within days of making them. So why are these commitments so hard to keep?

Usually it boils down to the same things: the changes we require of ourselves are either too many, too dramatic, or both – making them unrealistic. Genuine lifestyle change must be a gradual and balanced process to achieve a real difference in our behaviour.

Dedicated to diet

Keep the adjustment simple and manageable. Try eliminating unhealthy foods, and consciously replacing them with healthier ones as often as possible. For example, if your weakness is chips, snack on a small handful of unsalted almonds instead. If you give in to your cravings, make sure it is only occasional and keep the portion size small.

Exercise the easy way

Trying to change your entire exercise regime overnight is almost certain to fail, and your disappointment may be demotivating. Try to do it in achievable proportions and build up from there. For example, if your goal is to take up running, use technology such as learning-to-run apps, to help guide and train you.
Make exercise even easier and more enjoyable by involving your friends or family.

Taking control of insurances

Don’t wait until the last minute to take charge of your insurance. Do your research and find the best insurance for your health, travel, home and car. Take a little time to reassess any insurances that you set up years ago, making sure that you’re covered for the things you need and not paying for the things you don’t.

Check in for a check-up

Regular health checks become increasingly important when you get older, as you can become more at risk of developing certain medical conditions – this also applies to eyes and teeth.

In Australia, it’s also very important to have regular skin checks.

It’s especially important to see a doctor if you notice any changes or anything unusual, or you have any concerns. Even if you feel well, it’s still worth getting regular check-ups.

Maintaining good mental health

Another part of your lifestyle that is important, yet many of us neglect to take care of it, is emotional wellbeing. Modern life is busy and can be very stressful, subsequently, you may forgo the opportunity to take time for yourself.

It’s very important that if you feel anxious or sad for more than two weeks, reach out to someone you trust for support.

Take up the Bupa offer

Take up the Bupa offer today – exclusive to HIA members. If you transfer from another registered health fund you won’t need to serve any waiting periods~.

Just by mentioning you are a HIA member you’ll receive six weeks of complimentary cover when you join hospital and extras with Bupa*.

For more information, call 134 135 and quote your special offer code 2107431

Email hia@bupa.com.au

Visit www.hia.com.au

~Applicable if you transfer within 60 days of leaving your previous health insurer, and upon receipt of your Clearance Certificate. Waiting periods may apply for benefits or waiting periods not fully covered with your previous health cover.
*Only for new customers on new hospital and extras cover policies issued by Bupa Australia Pty Ltd ABN 81 000 057 590 before December 31 2018 and paying by direct debit. Six weeks free after initial monthly payment, not with other offers.

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