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HOW TO LEAD A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

06th April 2018

Staying fit and healthy should become a priority in our hectic lifestyle. Making simple changes to your daily life can help to improve both your physical and mental health!

This World Health Day we’re looking at how YOU can lead a healthier lifestyle with just these simple tips:

Keeping active- It is recommended that we aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Whether that’s heading to the gym, an exercise class or just walking home from work instead of getting the bus. Try to get that extra movement into your week and you will really start to see the benefits on your health.

Eating healthier- Making subtle changes to your diet can be a big benefit to your health. Get in some extra fruit and veg, some extra protein, and you will start to see your wellbeing improve. Try healthier versions of your favourite recipes- we’ve got a few ideas for you to try here

Get to Bed- Lack of sleep can affect both our physical and mental health massively, so ensuring that you get to bed for a decent number of hours each night is vital to leading a healthier lifestyle. Getting a good nights rest can also help in your weightloss. Studies at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat than those who were sleep deprived- who lost more muscle mass. So get to bed at a responsible time to make sure you're always feeling fit and healthy.

Drinking water- Ensure that you're drinking enough water to maintain the hydration levels of your body. Allowing your body to drop its hydration levels can have serious implications on your health. Also drinking water can help to aid your weightloss and helps to remove harmful toxins from your body to leave you feeling full of energy.

Learn to de-stress- Sometimes it’s hard to avoid stress but finding the right ways to de-stress afterwards can be important to keeping a healthier body, as stress can really have a strain on your wellbeing. Find out what helps you to relax: a massage, a long hot bath, time in the gym with your head phones on? Finding time to relax can seriously improve your health and reduce the chance of an illness in the future.

Know your numbers- Keeping an eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol will help reduce any health issue you may suffer with in the future. High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart problems, such as heart disease, that can lead to issues such as kidney disease and strokes. Around 30% of adults in England have high blood pressure, with most not knowing they suffer from the condition. Make sure to be aware of these issues and check your blood pressure reguarly to avoid health problems in the future.