Healthy Living

Everyone wants to be healthy, but some people think it will be too much hassle. Being healthy doesn’t mean a big change in lifestyle and it doesn’t need to take up all your spare time. Just a few small changes could make the world of difference. Find out what you can do to become healthier.

Exercise more
Regular exercise has numerous positive impacts on your health, helping to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and depression amongst many other diseases.

Ideally, you should exercise for at least 30 minutes, four times a week, but any amount of exercise is better than none.

You can also change small aspects of your lifestyle to help you be more active. Try taking the stairs instead of an escalator or a lift. Studies show that climbing six flights of stairs a day would help you to lose over a stone every year.

Click here to see which type of exercise suits you best

Get more sleep
Experts are constantly debating how much sleep people need. Some say six hours, some eight and some even believe it’s 10 hours. In reality, it is individual for each person, but the one thing that they agree on is that a lack of proper sleep has a number of negative effects on your body.

Your mind is not as sharp and you may be snap more at people. Your eyes often have dark circles around them, while your skin will look ashy and dull. You may well consume more sugar and caffeine for a boost, leaving you with a low as the effects wear off.  And no one can argue that they don't feel so much better after a good night's sleep.

Improve your diet
Eating well can help you manage your weight, reduce your risk of illness and improve your mood. Simply cutting out foods full of sugar and saturated fats can make all the difference.

A healthy diet contains:
- at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
- plenty of starchy high-fibre foods, such as wholemeal bread, rice and pastas
- a moderate amount of lean meat and fish products, or alternatives such as eggs or lentils
- little salt
- occasional treats, but only in moderation

Give up smoking
We all know some the potentially fatal diseases that smoking can cause you – cancer, heart disease and lung disease. But smoking can also cause gangrene and increases the risk of amputation.

It will also reduce your fertility and your chance of a healthy pregnancy, as well as affecting your lung capacity and general fitness, so you always feel out of breath.

Giving up smoking will give you fewer wrinkles, make food will taste better and most importantly, will save you a great deal of money every week!