Making some small changes to your life can make a big difference to your overall health.
Whether that’s eating healthier, getting more active or even remembering to take some time to yourself, there’s most likely something we can all do to be healthier and importantly happier.
Here’s our top 10 healthy habits you can add to your day.
Remember, it can take some time for a new change to become a habit for some of us and for it can take a matter of weeks, for some of us it can take months. Try not to change too many things at once as it can be overwhelming.
10 healthy habits you could try are:
- Drink one more glass of water a day
- Make sure you get active
- Make sleep a top priority
- Eat one more portion of fruit and veg
- Watch your salt intake
- Be more mindful
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast
- Remember to wear sun cream
- Try to remember to stretch
- Take some time for yourself
Healthy Habits to Add to Your Day:
1. Try to drink at least one more glass of water a day
Staying hydrated can help us stay at our best, if you get dehydrated you might get more tired, struggle to concentrate or get headaches. Ideally, we should all be drinking around 6 to 8 glasses of fluid a day. This could be water, lower fat milk, sugar-free drinks, tea or coffee (1).
To start, try to add one extra glass of water to your day.
2. Make sure you get active
Exercise has many benefits, it helps to reduce our risk of some long-term conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. It can also help you sleep better, have more energy and even boost our mood (2).
Try to get outside and go for a short walk if you can, follow on with an online video or put on some of your favourite music and dance along. Check out our blog on healthy ways to start exercising for more ideas.
3. Make sleep a top priority
According to the NHS (3) most of us need around eight hours of good sleep at night to function at our best. Not getting enough sleep can take a toll on our physical health, mood and even mental health. Getting a good night sleep can give you energy for the day and even boost your immune system.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, try to change your routine. Make sure your bed is somewhere you want to be, and try to avoid using your phone, TV or laptop too close to bedtime. Here’s 7 tips to good sleep.
4. Eat one more portion of fruit and veg a day
Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre and can help you lower your risk of hear disease, stroke and some cancers (4). We should be aiming for 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, which can be fresh, frozen, canned, druid or juiced.
To start, why not try adding one extra portion of fruit or veg to your day. You could try adding a tablespoon of dried fruit to your morning cereal or having a piece of fruit as a mid-morning snack.
5. Watch your salt intake
While you’re looking at your diet, make sure you watch your salt intake. Having too much salt in our diets can raise blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and it’s untreated, it can increase your risk or other problems such as heart attacks and strokes (5).
Try to cut down foods with high salt content, including processed foods such as ready meals and takeaways, stock cubes and gravy powders, smoked fish and tinned anchovies.
6. Be more mindful
Mindfulness is where you pay attention to the present moment, your thoughts, your emotions and the world around you. It’s thought it can help you to enjoy your life more, understand yourself and even your mental wellbeing. Practicing it on a daily basis can make it easier.
7. Start the day with a healthy breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast can help you snack less throughout the day. If you’re busy in the mornings, try to prepare something the night before that you can grab before you go. The NHS have some ideas on healthy breakfasts you can try, even if you don’t like breakfast.
8. Remember to wear sun cream
Getting too much sun can cause damage to your skin, including burning, premature ageing and can lead to more serious conditions such as skin cancer.
Remember to wear sun cream when you’re out in the sunshine long enough to risk burning. You might find it helpful to incorporate it into your daily skin care routine.
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9. Don’t forget to stretch
Many of us spend a lot of our days sitting at a desk, which can affect our bodies including our backs and posture. Try not to sit in the same position for too long and when you do move, why not take the opportunity to stretch your muscles.
10. Take some time for yourself
We know that life can be busy. Between work, family and other commitments it can be difficult to find time to relax. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, last thing before you go to bed or 10 minutes when you can, try to carve out a little time for yourself.
You could try having a warm bath to relax on the weekend or meditate in the mornings before you start your day.