Healthy Lifestyle Guide
More than 70% of people in the UK don't take enough exercise to benefit their health. It is often helpful to consider all aspects of your lifestyle, not just exercise.
Men and women of all ages benefit from a moderate amount of daily physical activity it doesn't have to be strenuous exercise, 30 minutes of brisk walking 5 times per week is a good example. Start gently and build up your activity levels.
Take the stairs instead of lifts or walk up escalators.
Park the car a bit further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
Manually change channels on the TV instead of using the remote control.
Walk as often as you can, as if you are late for an appointment or aiming to catch a train. Brisk walk is an ideal way to become more active. It is cheap, fun and an activity most people can do.
Always check with your doctor if you have a health problem or are worried about increasing your physical activity.
What you eat is very important to maintain good health. The right foods keep your heart and circulation healthy and your Weight steady. Below are some simple healthy hints:
Eat 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day choosing a wide variety of different types especially different colours.
Eat a portion of oily fish twice a week eg salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards fresh, tinned or frozen.
Base your meals on starchy foods these include pasta, potatoes, rice, cereals and breads. Choose wholegrain varieties wholemeal/granary bread, wholewheat pasta, porridge oats. Replace pastries/ cakes with scones and teacakes or fruit breads.
Use oils and spreads that are high in monounsaturated fat - olive oil, rapeseed oil.
Read labels and packaging.
Non meat eaters should include seeds, nuts and vegetables in their diet.
About half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill. Up to 5 million people in the UK feel very or extremely stressed by their work. Stress is the reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them. Pressure is part of all work and helps to keep us motivated. But excessive pressure can lead to stress which undermines performance, is costly to employers and can make people ill.
Cigarette smoking kills more than 120,000 people in Britain every year. Smoking is highly addictive and many of those who take up smoking regularly carry on until the day they die even though they have tried to stop many times. Tobacco is the fourth most common risk factor for disease worldwide. Passive smoking is also a big health risk. The economic costs of tobacco use are equally devastating. Willpower is the most important factor if you want to stop smoking. You have to keep in your mind - it is possible to Quit Smoking.