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You only get one life, and as such you want to ensure you live it to the fullest. A big part of this is paying attention to your health and making sure you don’t put yourself at risk of becoming ill if you can help it. Of course, the inevitable can happen and it isn’t your fault, but it’s down to you to do what you can to keep yourself as healthy as possible in the ways you can control. Whether you want to be healthier because of the above, if you feel you haven’t been so kind to yourself lately, or if you have any bad habits you want to curb, there are many things you can do. Here we take a look at some ideas to help get you inspired.
Switch up your diet
One of the simplest ways to improve your health is to concentrate on your diet. Aim to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables and try to drink two to three litres of water each day. Both will help improve your concentration levels, reduce the chances of you getting ill as well as help your mental health. To increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat, try to add veg into your cooking – peas, sweetcorn and peppers can easily be added to a spaghetti bolognese! To improve the amount of water you drink, keep track using an app on your phone or purchase a one-litre water bottle and aim to finish it, twice a day – this way it’s easy to keep track.
Smoking can have a really negative effect on your health. It can cause serious illnesses in the long term, whilst affecting your cardiovascular system in the short term – smokers often find they get tired quickly when taking part in physical activities such as running. To stop smoking, there are various methods you can try. Some people like to go cold turkey (this can be extremely difficult) whilst others turn to vaping devices. Vaping has been proven to be a lot healthier than smoking cigarettes and is considered a middle ground when quitting.
Take care of your mental health as well as your physical health
Looking after your mental and physical health is so important; in fact some people would argue the most important parts of your life. Both work hand in hand, when you are being active, you’ll often find your mental health benefits. When working on your mental health, you may find you are more motivated to exercise, therefore helping your physical health. It is recommended you aim to do at least 150 minutes of exercise each week – how this is done varies, you could take up swimming, join a sports team, play racket sports or workout at the gym, the choice is yours.
These are just a few things you can do to improve your overall health that are sure to make you feel a lot better both in the short and long term. It’s important to consider your overall health goals, what you want to achieve and how you will make it sustainable. What are some top tips you have for improving your overall health? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.