SIMPLE TIPS FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Being part of a fast-paced world where we are always expected to be ‘on’ can lead to negative effects on our body and overall wellbeing. For instance, you may notice you feel run down or your mood is low. Try our simple tips to help maintain a healthy and happier you.
Fruit and vegetables are the foundation blocks to a healthy, balanced diet. You should aim to consume at least FIVE portions daily as evidence suggests there are significant health benefits when you do1 . Whatever the weather, it’s easy to fill up on fruit and veg – from making a colourful summer salad to a winter warmer vegetable soup. A multivitamin from the Seven Seas Perfect7 range will also help to top-up your vitamin levels.
Exercising not only helps to keep you in shape but also reduces your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease2 . Research shows that people who exercise regularly also benefit with improved sleep quality, more energy and a boosted self-esteem. Adults should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week. This can be from a number of activities, so be sure to find an exercise that’s right for you.
It’s a known fact that a good night’s sleep helps to replenish and repair our bodies, so it’s important to get between 6-8 hours sleep per night. If you have difficulties falling asleep, try establishing a good bedtime routine to help wind down and stick to a regular bedtime even at weekends.
It’s important to remember moderation is key - so limit your drinking and avoid smoking as part of a healthy lifestyle. Adults should try to not exceed more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis3.
Life can be hectic and busy at times so it’s important to take a little breather to keep stress at bay and improve your mental wellbeing. Some people refer to this as mindfulness. Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that ‘mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment’4.
It is thought that by becoming aware of the present moment this can lead to enjoying the world around us better and achieve mental wellbeing by noticing signs of stress or anxiety earlier.