Summer’s here and the sun is shining. This makes it the perfect time to reassess your lifestyle and consider new ways to be healthy.
If you, like many of us, are looking for quick and easy tips on how to be healthy, read on.
Here are 5 quick and easy health tips that don’t take much effort.
Drink in moderation
On hot sunny days, there’s nothing more tempting than a chilled glass of wine or fizz in the garden. But limit it to one or two—particularly if it’s a very hot day. Drinking alcohol can make you become easily dehydrated and the heat can make things worse.
To stay hydrated, aim to have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink you have and be mindful of how much you consume. Trust us, it’s not worth the headache the next day, anyway.
Limit fast food and ready meals
If you’re working long days, it can be tempting to quickly pick up something to eat on the way home. But often, ready meals and takeaways are loaded with salt and fat and low in other nutrients. They’re also usually high in calories, causing you to gain weight.
Aim to eat at least five home-cooked meals a week and go easy on the salt and heavy on the veggies. If you’re short on time, try batch cooking and freezing portions for another day. Delicious have written a great article featuring 88 healthy dinners you can cook in 30 minutes.
Move your body
We can’t stress the importance of physical exercise enough. Save time in your day for a workout or yoga flow as they can do tremendous things for your health and fitness. But if you don’t have the time, make a conscious effort to walk more and take the steps instead of the lift.
Being more active is a great way to lower your blood pressure and reduce your belly fat, which can be harmful if it builds up around your organs. But it’s also really good for your mental health, too. And if workouts fill you with dread, put on your favourite music and dance! Those feel-good endorphins will soon come flowing.
Being outdoors is so beneficial for your health. Firstly, it gives you your fix of Vitamin D, which helps to keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy, strengthens your immune system and lowers your risk for cancer. Secondly, fresh air can really boost your mood and make you feel good.
Unfortunately, many people in the UK are Vitamin D deficient. If you don’t get out in the sunshine much, your levels may also be low. This can be corrected with Vitamin D supplements if required. And remember—stay safe in the sun. Wear adequate SPF protection whenever you step outside.
Did you know that good social relationships help you live for longer? Studies show that people with close friends and family are much more likely to be healthier than those who do not.
If you’re new to a country, read our 5 easy ways to build your network in a new country guide. It has lots of helpful tips on how to connect with different people. In the meantime, call your family and friends back home. Socialising is paramount to your mental wellbeing.