THE NEW YEAR IS ALWAYS A POPULAR TIME FOR US TO TURN OUR ATTENTION TO HEALTH AND WELLBEING. BUT IT NEEDN’T BE IN A ‘BIG RESOLUTION’ WAY – JUST A COMMITMENT TO DO SMALL THINGS TO UPGRADE CERTAIN PARTS OF OUR LIFESTYLES.
The Four Pillars of Health
I believe we ought to focus on four areas of wellbeing, not just fitness and food, to create lasting, foundational health. Two of them are purely about relaxation and sleep, as I believe these are vital – potentially as important as what you eat!
These four things are what make up my philosophy of living a naturally happy and healthy life, and I ‘prescribe’ them to my patients just as much as I dish out medicines – which, by the way, I only prescribe when really necessary.
So, this year, why not turn over a new leaf by creating balance and ease in your life along with eating well and getting regular exercise? It’s doctor’s orders!
- Read more about Dr Chatterjee’s Four Pillars of Health
How to follow the Four Pillars of Health
EAT WELL – Put the emphasis on organic meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds, and load your plate with vegetables and fruit. Avoid refined sugar and processed foods.
MOVE WELL – Aim for 10,000 steps per day and two bodyweight workouts per week
SLEEP WELL – Get good-quality snooze time this month. Fix regular wake-up and bedtimes and stick to them every day, all month – you’ll feel amazing
RELAX WELL – Spend 20 minutes a day unwinding body and mind perhaps with a bath, reading a book or meditating. Being calm lowers blood pressure and cortisol, which in turn helps keep you slim!