Summer is coming and it’s an ideal time to get your health in order. If you’re eager to stay fit and keep illnesses at bay, here are 12 simple ways you can boost your health.
Keep a food diary
If you’re worried that you don’t have a very healthy or balanced diet, keep a food diary. Write down everything you eat or use an app to record your calorie intake and highlight any problems with your diet. If you lack certain food groups, make changes to your diet by searching for healthy recipes online.
Hit your 5-a-day
Nutritional experts recommend five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. This helps to ensure you take in a wide range of vitamins and minerals. Your daily intake can include sauces, soups and juices.
Get your blood pressure checked
There are often no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, so it’s best to get checked regularly. It’s particularly important if you have family history of high blood pressure.
Book an STD test
Even if you have no symptoms, it’s wise to book an appointment at an STD testing location close to your home. Testing takes just a few minutes and it will help to give you peace of mind. Some STDs, including chlamydia, do not cause noticeable signs. However, if they are left untreated, they can result in serious complications.
Physical activity offers a wealth of benefits for your mental and physical health. Exercising helps to reduce stress and anxiety and improves circulation, muscle tone and stamina. If you’re not a fan of the gym, go for a bike ride or visit your local pool.
Check your BMI
BMI (body mass index) is a measurement used to determine if you are overweight or not. If you are overweight, try to lose weight by exercising frequently and reducing your calorie intake. The BMI works by comparing your height and body weight.
Visit your dentist
Regular dental check-ups are essential for good oral health and they also help to keep your pearly whites shining brightly. Ideally, you should go for a checkup every six months. Many people feel anxious about going to the dentist, but visiting frequently helps to reduce your risk of dental disease. A routine check takes just a few minutes and there’s nothing to worry about. You won’t feel any pain and if you get the green light, you won’t have to go again for a while. If you’re nervous about seeing the dentist, tell them. Dentists today have training in caring for anxious patients. They use modern equipment and offer treatment under sedation.
Learn to cope with stress
Stress affects us all at some point. Learning to cope with stress can boost your physical and psychological health. If you feel stressed on a regular basis, try breathing exercises or meditation. Share your problems and if you aren’t coping well, seek advice from your doctor.
Sleep is essential for good health because it gives your body and brain time to rest and prepare for the next day. Adults should get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep per day. Establish a routine and try to ensure that your bedroom is quiet, calming and dark. Avoid taking phones or tablets to bed with you.
Socialising is one of the best ways to lift your mood and combat stress and anxiety. Spend time with friends and family and keep up with interests and hobbies.
Keep up to date with routine health checks
If you are due a smear test or you need your heart rate monitoring regularly, make sure you keep up to date with your appointments. Keep a record in your diary and never ignore letters or SMS reminders. You should always make time for your health.
Drink more water
Water is the best thing you can drink. It prevents dehydration and will make your skin look radiant and clear. If you don;t drink enough water, you may be susceptible to headaches and joint pain. You may also find that your complexion looks dull and dry. Aim for at least two litres of water per day.
Often, simple changes make a major difference. Follow these 12 steps to a happier, healthier you. Focus on your diet, get active and don’t forget to book those routine health checks.