Physical health refers to the condition your body is in – how fit and healthy you are and whether or not you have any illnesses, injuries or other health conditions. Engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking, can really make a difference to your physical health. Consuming a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains is also a vital part of being physical healthy. And getting enough quality sleep is another important one. Taking care of your physical health can have a profound impact on your overall well-being and quality of life.
Most of us are guilty of lounging on the sofa and scrolling through social media or binging on a Netflix series for three-hours straight, but sitting too much can lead to dangerous health problems. As adults we should be getting at least 2.5 hours of decent physical activity a week. Exercise burns calories, helping you to lose weight, improves cardiovascular health, reduces stress and boosts mental focus.
Find out what a healthy weight is for you and try to achieve it. There are various online
calculators that will tell you what 'healthy' should look like for you, so be sure you find that out
and use that as a goal, rather than basing it on what your friend weighs or how heavy you were
15 years ago.
Going for regular check-ups is a great way to prevent any serious illnesses. You should visit a dentist at least once a year, get your eyesight and hearing tested as recommended, and should be booking in yearly physical and gynaecological (for women) exams with your GP. Prevention is better than looking for a cure.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet involves scoffing: lots of fresh vegetables; proteins like nuts, seeds and eggs; healthy sources of carbs like sweet potatoes, beans and peas; and good fats like avocados, olive oil and fatty fish. In addition to this, we need to be sure to eat some vitamin-packed fruit. Not only will this keep you full of good energy, it will allow your body to grow and repair thanks to all the nutrients you are feeding it, keeping you stronger, healthier and less like to get a diet-related illness.
Drinking water not only keeps us alive, it also helps get rid of toxins in the body. And although it seems like such a simple thing to do, so many of us forget to drink enough water each day. We should be drinking around 3 litres a day.