Here are some ways you could improve your physical health:
Stay Active: Regular physical activity is crucial. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week. Activities like walking, jogging, swimming or cycling can help you stay active and maintain a healthy weight. Here's a page with loads of suggestions for free home workout videos.
Eat a Balanced Diet: A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains provides essential nutrients for your body. Limit processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive saturated fats. Proper nutrition supports your physical health. Here are some quick and healthy recipes from BBC Good Food.
Stay Hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water is vital for various bodily functions. Aim to drink at least eight glasses (about 2 liters) of water daily. Hydration is essential for maintaining energy levels and overall health.
Get Adequate Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for physical recovery and overall health. Aim for 7–9 hours of sleep a night. Establish a regular sleep schedule and create a comfortable sleep environment to improve your sleep quality.
Regular Health Check-Ups: Routine health check-ups with your healthcare provider can help identify and address any potential health issues early on. Regular screenings and examinations can prevent or manage health conditions effectively.
Remember that improving physical health is a continuous process. Incorporating these habits into your daily life can lead to long-term benefits and a healthier lifestyle.
Sleep allows your brain to store information, your body to repair cells and restore energy, it helps you get rid of toxic waste and prompts your nerve cells to communicate. In other words, it’s a really important part of maintaining a healthy brain and overall physical health. Follow the Sleep Doctor for information about the benefits of having a nap, how a lack of sleep affects decision-making and what to look out for to indicate that you might need more sleep.
Did you know that adopting healthy habits can protect you from serious health problems like obesity and diabetes? By making the decision to eat more healthy foods and do regular exercise, for example, you can find yourself staying on top of your weight and with a lot more energy. This doesn’t mean you have to start running ultra marathons, but even a daily walk can have a huge different on your physical health. Click below to read an article about the 12 habits of super-healthy people.
Good personal hygiene is, unsurprisingly, not a hugely popular topic but it is an important one. As well as keeping your body clean and healthy, it has a positive effect on your social life and your physical and mental health, too. Click below for tips about how to maintain good hygiene and personal care.
Did you know that being flexible/doing daily stretches can decrease your risk of injuries, help joints move through their full range of motion, increase muscle blood flow, balance, flexibility, strength, and just generally get your muscles working better?
Click below to see ten morning stretches recommended by Bupa. They begin in bed and finish with your feet on the floor ready for the day ahead.
Food glorious food... it can be a minefield to navigate the information out there about what to eat, when to eat, even HOW to eat. But one thing we can all agree on is that a well-balanced diet provides essential nutrients we all need for growth and repair, helping us stay strong and healthy and preventing various diet-related illness. Eating the right food will also keep our body fat at a good level, give us the energy we need to be active and keep our guts healthy! Dr Megan Rossi (scientist, clinician, author, speaker) is known on social media as the Gut Health Doctor. Her page offers tons of information about healthy eating.
UK Guidelines recommend that as adults we do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (or a mixture of both) each week, with strengthening activities on two of those days. Sitting down for eight or more hours a day is also bad for you; it’s important to get up, move around and stretch your legs on a regular basis. The Stand Up! app is free and reminds you to get up and move at intervals of five minutes to two hours. Click below for more information.