A New Year – A New You!
Health Matters – so make 2018 the year where you make small changes that could have a big impact on your life. Even minor changes to lifestyle can be sufficient to add years to your lifespan.
Most people know that a healthy lifestyle should consist of – eating well, exercising regularly and not smoking but making the necessary changes to our lives is notoriously difficult. Many people put off making the first few steps because they see the task as simply too much.
The message is; – no matter how small your healthy lifestyle and behavioural changes may seem to be (not smoking, regularly exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, and drinking alcohol moderately), if done consistently, they can make a real difference to your health in the long term.
This will be re-assuring for all those who have thought that lifestyle changes need to be dramatic or extreme to have any real benefit and have embarked on unrealistic and extreme exercise programmes, starving themselves in the name of dieting after the festive season only to return to their old habits just two months down the road.
Five healthier changes for 2018
1. Shake It – Stay active and do more physical activity.
Staying active is great for keeping your heart healthy and trimming off that fat. In order to stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should do;
At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
So make it part of your day to day routine; use the stairs instead of the lift, go for a walk or run at lunch or after work.
2. Quit It – Make 2018 the year you quit the cigarettes for good.
Lots of people make the resolution to stop smoking at the start of the year but find it hard to kick the habit. Giving up smoking is probably the biggest single step you can take to improve your health. Click here to view our recommended
Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England, and half of all long-term smokers will die prematurely due to a smoking-related disease.
Giving up smoking increases your chances of living a longer and healthier life, even if you’ve smoked for 40 years.
Think about your life and that of your children if you have any or you are pregnant. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other more serious illnesses.
The sooner you stop smoking, the better for you and your loved ones.
3. Moderate It – take a break from booze
Join millions of people across the world who are trying to stop drinking alcohol during 2018. The alcohol unit guidelines are that men should not exceed 3-4 units per day and 2-3 units per day for women.
Alcohol misuse or excessive alcohol drinking of more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption can lead to a number of harmful physical and psychological effects, such as alcohol poisoning, cirrhosis of the liver, inability to work and socialise, and destructive behaviours such as drink-driving.
Cutting back on alcohol will make you feel better, more energised and refreshed.
4. Eat It – cook and eat healthy meals for you and your family
Eating healthily is about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. It is recommended that within a balanced diet, men should eat 2,500 calories a day, and 2,000 calories for women.
It’s easy to find no time or energy to cook or eat properly but eating well doesn’t need to take lots of time or effort.
Try and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Cut down on fat and sugar, but don’t go on a crash diet. Regular small meals will keep up your energy without adding to your weight.
If you try to make eating well a priority in 2015 – it will make you feel better and stronger, and it’s important for the whole family too.
5. MOT Your Body – Get a Regular Health Check
As you get older (If you are aged between 40-74) the body gets weaker and the risk of developing different serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes becomes higher. Getting a regular health check (midlife MOT for your body), checking your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI can help spot early signs of some illnesses or prevent them from occurring.
The S-W-H team is committed to supporting and encouraging you to maintain a healthy and wellbeing lifestyle.
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