Health tips for modern lifestyles

Claire Small
Authored by Claire Small
Posted Friday, July 31, 2020 - 8:06am

More and more people are becoming health conscious, and this is an important step. With concerns over the current pandemic crisis, an increase in obesity in the UK, binge drinking, and other health issues, it’s never been more essential to take a look at your patterns and assess how you can improve.

While it isn’t always easy to follow a healthy lifestyle, even small changes can make a difference. If you think you’d like to try and change some of your habits to improve your health but aren’t sure where to start, use these tips to help.

Plan Meals

The majority of people’s lifestyles in the modern age are very busy. Whether it’s a demanding job, family commitments, a buzzing social life, or all of the above, it can be difficult to find the time to make sure you’re looking after yourself. One way to help manage your diet and make sure it’s nutritious and balanced is by planning your meals. Although this might take a bit of extra time each week, it will be worth it in the long run. Print off a chart or buy a whiteboard to hang in your kitchen where you can keep a note of your planned meals each week. This tip could also help you save money, so why not give it a go?

Reduce Meat

In the last few years, there has been a rising trend of people turning to vegetarian or vegan diets. This has come about due to people being more concerned with healthy living, but it has also been born out of a concern over the environment and animal rights.

While you don’t have to become a vegan or even a vegetarian, reducing the amount of meat you consume could be beneficial to your health, and it could also help to reduce the negative impacts of mass meat production and intensive farming on the environment. There have been advances in meat substitutes as well in the last few years, so you might be surprised and how much vegetarian/vegan foods there is to choose from and how good the quality is.

Put Down Your Phone

Technology has well and truly taken over, and although there have been enormous benefits to these advancements, there have also been some negative effects, too. As society now runs off computers, the internet, mobile phones, and other electronic devices, people spend the majority of their time looking at a screen. This can be bad for your eyesight as the artificial lights from these devices can strain your eyes.

Furthermore, living life through social media has also been thought to have had some detrimental effects on people’s wellbeing. Putting down your phone and other devices could be a good way to give your eyes and mind a break, benefiting your overall health. In addition to this, there are also concerns about exposure to EMF for those who use this kind of tech for elongated periods. To help reduce your risk of EMF exposure, look into purchasing some EMF protection for your devices.

Schedule Exercise

The last few months have been difficult for various reasons, but with gyms being closed until recently in the UK, getting in enough exercise has been challenging for many. It’s recommended that each adult gets a minimum of 2 and a half hours of moderate exercise a week. However, it can be hard to fit that into a busy lifestyle.

To make this easier, break your exercise routine down into smaller pieces that can be spread out over the week. For example, go for a 20-minute walk each day on your lunch break or when you finish work. Or work out in the gym for 30-minutes every other day. More importantly, find an exercise you enjoy doing as this will help to keep you motivated and stick to your routine.

Look After Your Mental Health

This aspect of your well-being is equally as important as your physical health, and to make sure you’re living a positive, healthy lifestyle, you must also pay attention to this. If you think you might need counselling or medical help to get your mental health back on track, speak to your GP for further advice and assistance. You might also want to consider trying mindfulness techniques to help you manage everyday stress.

It's not always easy to stay on track when you’re trying to be healthier, but these tips will be helpful to those trying to make a change and maintain a healthy lifestyle.



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