With another New Year, another set of New Year’s resolutions will be made and, in all likelihood, broken! But could this be the time to take a look at your health and make a change for the better?
The majority of resolutions will fail due to the setting of unrealistic targets, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Concentrating on one element, say giving up smoking, drinking less or exercising more, could see a significant improvement in your overall health.
After indulging over the Christmas period, many people are taking part in ‘Dry January’. While this is a great idea, it’s important to remember the guidelines attached to drinking throughout the year.
A healthy adult should drink no more than 14 units per week – the equivalent of six small glasses of wine or pints of beer. Unfortunately, that does not mean that drinking less than this amount is safe – even small amounts of alcohol can contribute to a wide range of health problems including breast, liver and oesophageal cancers.
Similarly, those looking to give up smoking should look at how this can be achieved long-term. Rather than simply quitting ‘cold-turkey’, a method which more often than not sees smokers take up the habit again after a matter of weeks, those serious about giving up should use the tools at their disposal such as nicotine replacement therapy or prescription pills.
When it comes to your overall health, there is no better improvement to make than diet and exercise. Guidelines suggest that the average person should take part in moderate to intense exercise for at least two and a half hours per week, and aim to walk 10,000 steps per day.
Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to your diet, it’s okay to have a little of what you want, but everything in moderation.
If you want to discuss your health and fitness in further detail, you can make a lifestyle advice appointment by calling us today.