Do more for better health
The start of a new year is a great opportunity to think about our health and wellbeing. But rather than focusing on what we need to do less of we’ve focused on straightforward activities that we could all do more of to achieve long term benefits.
• Drink more: Water is necessary to maintain a healthy body and is the healthiest and cheapest choice for staying hydrated as it has no calories or sugars and is available at your nearest tap. The NHS recommends that we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated.
• Sleep more: According to the NHS, people who had less than six hours sleep were less likely to achieve weight loss than those who had between six and eight hours. The BBC has created a guide called ‘Are you Getting Enough Sleep?’ with guidance on how you can sleep more.
• Relax more: According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2017/18, nearly 600,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill. Stress can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. Although a busy modern life does mean that stress is almost unavoidable, it is important to be able to cope with it. Here’s the top 10 stress busting tips from the NHS to help.
• Move more: You don’t have to join the gym to get physically active. Look at ways to incorporate exercise into your daily regime. Take the stairs. Get off public transport a couple of stops earlier and walk (which could also save money). Park your car as far away as you can from the supermarket, office or school. The NHS has a whole list of ideas to get you active for free, including exercises, games and free equipment.
• Adventure more: Get your brain and body active with a new hobby or skill and reap the benefits. There are opportunities everywhere to learn new skills from athletics to swimming to yoga or the less traditional forms of exercise such as rock climbing or boxing. New environments and experiences are also good for your brain; challenging it to work harder and think differently.