Weight management in Australia is becoming a major concern, and one that has got the government's attention. According to their statistics over 63% of all Australian adults are overweight, which is an increase of over 10% in just 11 years. Obesity is a slow and painful killer that can cause a whole host of debilitating diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to cardiovascular disease and strokes. In a bid to educate people to help them improve their lifestyle, here are a few simple ideas to help you to start shedding the weight and enhancing your life.

Walk

The benefits of walking cannot be underestimated. It is a fantastic exercise that can be done anywhere with nothing more than a pair of trainers. Not only can walking increase your heart rate, which in turn boosts your metabolism to burn more calories, it can also help you to release stress and sleep better. There are no hard and fast rules to walking, although a comfortable pair of shoes will make it more enjoyable. Try getting out of the house every morning for a brisk stroll, you'll help to wake yourself up and encourage healthy training habits. You could even get a pedometer and aim to reach the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

Hydrate

Hydration, particularly in hotter climates is incredibly important to keep the body functioning optimally. It is recommended that you drink around eight to ten cups a day depending on your level of physical activity. Water helps to hydrate the body, which actually reduces water retention, increases mental focus, controls body temperature and transports nutrients around the body. If you do become dehydrated you'll soon feel it, with common side effects being dizziness, fatigue and mental fog. It's easy to monitor your hydration level using your urine, just be sure when you go to the toilet to take note of the colour, the darker it is the more dehydrated you are. As a test, try and drink a glass of water as soon as you wake, carry a couple of water bottles with you to work and drink another glass before you sleep to replace fluids lost at night. Many people will be surprised at how little water they actually drink, that isn't from coffee or tea.  

Monitor

The best way to improve your diet is not through fad diets; it's through gradual change. Each week just try to change one thing in your diet; it could be reducing the amount of sugar in your tea or adding an extra portion of vegetables to your lunch. Over time these changes will develop into healthy habits that will fuel your body and send you down the track of a healthier lifestyle. 

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