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7 lifestyle tips to keep on top of your health

Solihull Editorial 21st Jul, 2022   0

Are you looking to improve your health? Here we’ve got 7 great lifestyle tips to help kickstart your health journey.

We’re all becoming more health conscious, and after the past couple of years, we have more power than ever to make decisions that are based on science and what’s good for us. In this article, we’ll be looking at 7 ways that you can take ownership of your health and live your very best life, whether it’s by going for a health screening or by changing your diet.

1. Take a Covid-19 test before major events

With the pandemic still raging on, taking precautions and getting a Covid-19 test before attending any major events is important. This will help to keep you and others safe from the virus, even if you or your friends aren’t aware that you are currently carrying it.

It’s been a rough couple of years, and while we may be over the worst of Covid-19, there’s still a significant risk, and we’re seeing infection rates at scarily high levels. If you do decide to go to any big events, think about the risks and consider ordering a test beforehand.

2. Make sure you’re eating the right foods

Eating healthy food is vital for overall health and well-being. Make sure you’re getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein in your diet. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of saturated and unhealthy fats.

Dr Mosley, writing for The Express, is a big believer in oily fish, stating:

“Probably the best-proven benefit of eating oily fish impacts on heart health.”

What you put into your body matters; fish is definitely one superfood you should look at.

If you find it hard to cook healthy meals and find that you often run out of time, why not give a prepared food meal kit a try? We’ve seen them all over the internet, and they look like a great way to include the right foods into your diet.

3. Try to exercise 3 times a week

Exercise is crucial for maintaining good health. Not only can it make you feel better and get the blood pumping and the brain going, which is great for dopamine and endorphins, but it also does wonders for your heart and, as we all know, good cardiovascular health is so important. This can reduce the likelihood of issues later in life.

You don’t need to be running marathons either, with many experts saying that 30 minutes of raised heart rate can be enough to do, as long as you’re doing it at least 3 times a week. If you can do more than that, you’ll certainly be in a good position, but that is really the minimum you’ve got to be aiming for if you want to see an improvement.

4. Ensure your vaccinations are up to date

Vaccinations help protect us from serious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, meningitis, polio, MMR, HPV, whooping cough, and hepatitis. It’s important that both adults and children stay up-to-date on their vaccinations according to the recommended schedules.

With Covid-19 still prevalent and many of us still at risk of becoming infected, there’s no reason not to be vaccinated, and many healthcare professionals agree with this. We understand that some people may oppose the vaccine, and that’s your choice, but the benefits outweigh the risks.

5. Book an annual health assessment

Annual physical exams are a chance for patients to proactively discuss their current state of wellness with their doctor. They provide an opportunity not only to detect early signs of disease but also to identify risk factors which can be dealt with through lifestyle changes or other interventions.

They’re usually relatively quick and aren’t overly invasive, plus they don’t need to be done too frequently. You’ll likely need to go private for this, but, as we’ll touch on next, you may be able to have this cost covered, at least partially, by your employer if you have a plan in place at work.

6 Ask your employer for a healthcare plan

Healthcare plans have become increasingly common in the UK, with many employers providing them to employees, meaning they can enjoy subsidised private healthcare and bypass the increasingly long NHS waiting lists. This is because having a good handle on your health can make you a more productive employee and be of more use to your employer.

This will usually help cover basic treatments but can also include a variety of health-related perks. Some popular examples include gym memberships, smoking awareness programmes, stress management, counselling services, and Covid-19 tests. Even if you don’t use it to go for private healthcare, the cheap gym membership can be a big money saver.

7. Try to reduce alcohol intake

Not regulating your alcohol consumption, especially later in life, can lead to a variety of different health issues. These are varied but generally include liver disease, cancer, strokes, high blood pressure, reproduction problems, serious neurological disorders, and broader mental health problems.

The amount of alcohol that is recommended for you, at most, will vary depending on your biological makeup, but speaking to a doctor will give you an accurate understanding of what you should be putting into your body. As reported in CNN, a small amount of alcohol might be good for you, but make sure to consume it in moderation.




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