With modern life presenting many challenges, it’s all too easy to succumb to a sedentary lifestyle, which can have a negative effect on our overall health. Thankfully there are some simple changes which can be made to ensure we look after our bodies and our general health.
Ways to improve health
1. Manage your weight With obesity a rising problem, maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing serious diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. By staying within a healthy range on the BMI chart, we can even increase our life expectancy.
2. Set goals Whether its losing weight, running a marathon or reducing blood pressure, setting goals can keep us on track and retain focus. There are a variety of devices which can help including things like pedometers which count steps taken, or a pulse oximeter which measures oxygen in the blood.
3. Don’t smoke - Smoking is extremely detrimental to the health; however the body can recover quickly on giving up. It only takes 20 minutes for blood pressure and pulse to get back to normal and a few days before the lungs are clearer. There are countless resources to help people give up including GP support, substitution devices and counselling.
4. Eat well A healthy diet should include five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, be low in salt and sugar, high in fibre and contain minimal caffeine or processed food. By finding a good balance between the food groups, our bodies function properly and we reduce the risk of illness and life-threatening conditions.
5. Drink more One of the easiest changes to make is to drink more fluid, in particular water. Water loss from the body needs to be replenished to aid many important functions. It’s recommended that everyone drinks at least 8 glasses of water a day, more in hot weather. Alcohol and drinks containing caffeine should be kept to a minimum.
6. Avoid stress Stress is not always taken seriously, but can lead to bigger problems like depression and anxiety. Find ways to manage stress and address it quickly.
7. Sleep well Good sleep is essential to allow proper functioning with many of us not getting enough or suffering from sleep problems. This results in a lack of concentration, irritability, slow responses and even mental health problems.
8. Exercise regularly Exercise is important for everyone as it gets the heart rate going, works muscles and boosts circulation. Walking and swimming are particularly beneficial as they are low impact.
9. React quickly Keep an eye on any moles, lumps or other changes to the body and report any complaints. Quick diagnosis can be vitally important when it comes to protecting our health.
10. Seek support Whether it’s with mental health difficulties or a physical problem, help is at hand. We can all take simple steps to improve our overall health including talking, socialising, relaxing and laughing. Life is there for living and enjoying it is half the battle.
Emily Sorrell is a health and beauty writer with experience of contribution to many websites and blogs. She has recently invested in a high-quality durable pulse oximeter in a bid to improve her own health and get fit!
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