It is one of the most searched for terms on the internet, but “how to be healthy” can essentially be boiled down to eight main things. If you are able to get a few of these ideas into your regular daily habits, you will be well on the way to achieving a healthier body and mind.
ONE: Keeping a healthy weight is one of the most important ways to have a healthy body. Your weight can affect a great deal about your body, so ensure it lies within the healthy range for your height and build. You can find out more about maintaining a healthy weight on our blog!
TWO: Regular exercise is a great way to not only look good, but feel great too! Exercise can help you to lose weight, strengthen your muscles and helps you to feel better by releasing “feel good” hormones called endorphins.
THREE: No smoking! Most people know by now that smoking is highly damaging to your body – it increases your chance of suffering from many diseases and illnesses as well as making you look less attractive (smoking can increase your chance of developing wrinkles and quickly ages the body).
FOUR: choosing a healthy diet is a great way to feel good! Healthy foods include a wide range of different food types, but increasing the number of fruit and vegetables you eat, along with good carbohydrates, fats and proteins is a sure fire way to improve your health.
FIVE: Moderate your alcohol intake if you want to be healthier. There is nothing wrong with having an occasional drink, the problem comes when you are consuming too much alcohol, too regularly. There are guidelines in different countries as to how much alcohol is recommended for males and females, but in the UK we are recommended to have no more than 14 units per week on average.
SIX: Sun protection is important to keep your body from aging too quickly. The sun can help us to create some vitamins, such as vitamin D (good for energy and the immune system), however too much sun can be a cause of skin cancer. Make sure you use a good sun protection lotion when you are out in the sun!
SEVEN: Sexually transmitted infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV) are linked to a number of cancers. Protect yourself from the risk of infection by using protection such as condoms when you have sex. Be cautious with new partners, and have a health screening regularly.
EIGHT: Have yourself checked over by a doctor or a generic health screening when available. In the UK, there are some tests which are recommended on a regular basis, such as breast screening for women over 50, cervical smear tests and prostate tests for men. These can help to find any problems before they become dangerous.