Healthy lifestyle: 10 tips for staying healthy at any age

From drinking more water to eating a adjusted slim down, our GP uncovers his best tips for a solid way of life.

We all know that a solid way of life can avoid inveterate illnesses and long-term ailments, and boost mental wellbeing. But with so much data accessible, and so numerous passing wellbeing prevailing fashions (hi, celery juice!), it can some of the time feel troublesome to decide precisely which solid propensities are worth contributing in on the off chance that we need to live longer and more advantageous lives.
If you’ve struggled to get into a new and healthy routine in 2020, you’re not alone. When we feel stressed or overwhelmed, we often start to neglect our basic needs, whether that means sleeping less or eating more junk food than usual. If this sounds like you, it might be time to go back to basics, whether that is drinking more water or exercising more.

We spoke to our resident GP Dr Roger Henderson to get his advice on the healthy lifestyle choices that will have a big difference on our health:

1. Drink more water When we’re born, nearly 97 per cent of our body is made up of water. As grown-ups, this figure falls somewhat but still sits some place around 75 per cent. The tremendous larger part of our brain cells are basically water, and indeed our teeth have 10 per cent water substance. Each single cellular work in our body is in a few way connected to our liquid levels: blood and cancer-fighting safe frameworks require water to flush out squander items absent from cells and to transport supplements and imperative amino acids into them. Solid cells work by retaining supplements from the water that showers them, and indeed 2 per cent body parchedness is said to cause vitality levels to drop by one fifth! Pay consideration and take note your thirst – drink water (in a perfect world, in spite of the fact that tea and coffee is fine) on and off all through the day to aid keep your body at an ideal hydration level.

2. Organize sleep Although there’s no basic reply as to what’s the ‘normal’ sum of rest, most grown-ups ought to point for between seven and nine hours a night. It’s amid rest that your body reestablishes, mends and fortifies itself both physically and rationally and a great rest schedule is vital for great wellbeing.

3. Eat a adjusted diet A adjusted count calories doesn’t got to be troublesome or complicated – the common key is to eat the correct number of calories for how dynamic you’re . On the off chance that you eat or drink as well much, you’ll put on weight. On the off chance that you eat and drink as well small, you’ll lose weight. The normal man needs around 2,500 calories a day and the normal lady needs 2,000. Eat a wide run of nourishments to guarantee you’re getting adjusted sustenance.

4. Maintain a healthy weight
If you need to lose weight, do it. The UK is fast becoming the most obese country in Europe, thanks to poor diets and lack of exercise. Eating a healthy, balanced diet plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy weight, which is an important part of overall good health. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease, and stroke.

5. Work out more (and smarter) Physical action can assist you to preserve weight misfortune or be a healthy weight but being dynamic doesn’t have to be cruel investing hours at the exercise center: attempt getting off the bus one halt early on the way domestic from work and strolling, or taking the stairs at work instead of the lift. Fair discover something dynamic you appreciate doing – whether it’s cycling, running, moving or cultivating – and do more of it.

6. Stop smoking


Giving up smoking is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health. About half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases. If you are a long-term smoker, on average, your life expectancy is about 10 years less than a non-smoker and only about half of long-term smokers live past 70. The younger you are when you start smoking, the more likely you are to smoke for longer and to die early from smoking. Smokers who quit before the age of 45 have a life expectancy close to that of people who have never smoked. For people above this age, the gap widens, but smokers who quit over the age of 45 still enjoy much health benefits over people who continue to smoke.

7. Take your pharmaceutical correctly Medication non-compliance – the disappointment to require drugs on time within the doses prescribed – could be a tremendous issue both within the UK and other nations. In spite of the fact that difficult actualities are a small precarious to come by for self-evident reasons, it has been assessed that at slightest 50 per cent of patients come up short to comply with long term drug treatment, leading to destitute control of their therapeutic conditions and all the related dangers that go with merely. continuously got to take medications as teaching by your specialist.

8. Wash your hands
Washing your hands is one of the most effective contributions you can make to public health – second only to vaccination in terms of effectiveness at reducing infection. Use hot water and soap (or an alcohol hand cleaning gel if this is impractical) to wash your hands after preparing food, going to the toilet, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands, after handling household waste, before preparing food or eating, when caring for a sick person, or when inserting or removing contact lenses.

9. Cover up in the sun

People used to associate a deep tan with good health, but it’s actually a sign of serious skin damage. The rising numbers of skin cancer cases in the UK – especially in the young – show the price that can be paid. Using tanning beds further increases this risk. People most at risk include those with fair skin (especially people with blonde or red hair with freckles) and those who have been sunburnt in the past (especially with blisters, and even if this happened many years before). If you have more than ten moles, your risk increases as does using sun beds – or if there is a history of skin cancer in your family.

10. Relax
We all get stressed from time to time, but chronic stress is not only bad for your health in general, it can prevent you from relaxing even when you have the chance to. Using relaxation techniques can help relieve the symptoms of stress as well as helping to defuse stressful situations, allowing you to take charge of your emotions and clear your head. All relaxation techniques combine breathing techniques along with muscle relaxation and it can take time to learn these skills – don’t worry if it seems strange at the start. Keep practising and it will come. Some people find that going to yoga or tai chi classes are a good way of improving both breathing and relaxation.

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