General Healthy Living Tips
Looking after your health throughout your life time is crucial, by regularly following regimes in healthy nutrition and exercise you can make a significant difference to your life span. There are a wide range of activities you can get involved which are suitable for all ages and backgrounds. You do have to become a member of the gym to stay fit!
If you prefer to be outdoors there are a wide range of activities to participate in such as tennis or if you like team sports there are football, hockey and many more, there are even fitness camps which are conducted in groups allowing you to take part in all the fun together. Or even just taking regular walks or taking the dog for a walk can do you a lot of good!
Why is it important to stay healthy?
By ensuring that you are physically active can enhance both your physical and mental well-being as it is likely to boost self-esteem. This can help you avoid health issues such as depression and improve your overall health and fitness levels.
Keeping fit can promote and strengthen bone density as well as preventing bone related diseases common in old age such as osteoporosis. Running is particularly good for this as well as helping you to maintain a healthy weight. Other forms of exercise can help with issues such as digestion, poor posture and insomnia.
Obesity is one of the major health issues related to inactivity. This has become a growing problem over recent years. Research has shown that obesity is a major contributory factor to heart disease leading to heart attacks and strokes and is currently responsible for 9,000 premature deaths every year in the UK. Among a third of deaths caused by CHD occur among people aged fewer than 75.
Latest figures reveal that 17% of boys and girls aged between two and ten are classified as obese. This shows a significant increase since 1995 with 11 % for boys and 12% for girls. By the end of 2010 it is predicted that a further 22% of girls and 19% of boys between the ages of two and fifteen will be obese.
The pace of modern life can make it more difficult to find the time to stay active. Longer working hours and increasing pressures from home life can result in fatigue and mean you may find less time to participate in leisure and social sporting activities.
It is never too late to start looking after your health and this becomes even more important as you progress into old age, keeping fit is not just for the young. By being active you can help reduce the risks of many age related health problems by decreasing blood pressure and improving circulation.
Increasing your amount of activity can also be a great way of improving your social skills by meeting new people and building healthy relationships.
You may view exercise as strenuous and a lot of hard work but the most important thing to remember is that it can be fun! By viewing exercise in a positive light can make it that much more enjoyable.
You may be thinking that the last thing you want to do after a long hard day’s work is to engage in some form of exercise so the key is to find a sport or activity that you find interesting and enjoyable. This is more likely to increase your chances of sticking to it on a regular basis.
Research suggests that by fitting in as little as just half an hour of exercise into your daily routine can be enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
When undergoing any form of activity always be sure to avoid excessive overworking or poor technique which could lead to injury. You can help avoid injury by remembering to perform a warm up and warm down to work the whole body area and ensure you are performing all exercises in the correct manner and with the correct type of equipment.
Eating a varied and balanced diet is important for everyone as it can help make eating more enjoyable as well as helping you to stay healthy and active.
It is important to eat foods which are rich in starch and fibre as well as low in fat and offer good sources of essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals. Examples are rice, bread, cereal, pasta and potatoes whereas pulses, fruits and vegetables are good sources of fibre.
It also good to eat iron rich foods found in red meat and consume food and drink rich in vitamin c. Calcium rich foods such as dairy products, fish and leafy vegetables can help avoid osteoporosis which reduces bone density, resulting in increased risk of fractures and is a major health issue for older people.
It is a good idea to devise a fitness and diet plan to help you exercise and provide a set regime to stick to. To further help the process you may even want to book an appointment with a nutritionist who can provide useful advice and recommendations on which diet to follow or visit a personal trainer who can conduct your fitness plan for you to help you avoid any injury and get you into tip top shape.