Stay healthier for longer using our quick guide
Health is, I think we can all agree, the #1 criteria to a good life and as such we have put together the easiest tricks that may help you to live a healthier life:
1. Use exercise to shed the pounds, not dieting.
It is better to be a little overweight and fit than underweight and unfit. Exercise gets your muscles moving creating endorphins, which also trigger a positive feeling in the body. Many often describe the feeling after running as 'euphoric', a phenomenon referred to as the "runner's high". Exercise also flexes our blood vessels ensuring good function. This in turn has a direct effect on your blood pressure, as stronger blood vessels deliver more oxygenated blood around the body.
2. Drink more water.
The obvious benefits of staying hydrated are well known but did you know it can help regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, keep organs functioning properly, improve sleep quality and mood? One massive benefit is weight control, people often mistake thirst for hunger and often a glass of water can stave off hunger cues. The most impactful tip for drinking more water is to carry a reusable water bottle. Trust us when we say that you will notice the difference immediately!
3. Check your blood pressure every 3-6 months.
If you're in your 50's or over this is certainly a great way to keep an eye on how your body is performing. These regular checks ensure any changes are quickly realised and addressed giving you valuable time to react to any potential areas of concern. High blood pressure is more common in today's world and if you find out early (well before it has had time to disrupt your body) then it can be treated. One problem with high blood pressure is it has little or no easy symptoms for the average person to pick up on making this an essential check to carry out. Buy a blood pressure monitor and cuff from the likes of Lloyds Pharmacy, they currently retail under £25.00 and you're ready to go.
4. Take a coffee break, and drink coffee!
Research by Semmelweis University has shown up to 3 cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk of a stroke or heart disease. Have 2 - 3 cups a day and try to time them to your breaks. They will be delicious, assist your physical wellbeing and help to relieve stress! Keep coffee warmer for longer and reduce your consumption of single-use coffee cups with one of our Social range.
5. Take regular supplements.
There is a lot of sales hype over supplements and it is true that they are often over-prescribed. Having said this a balanced intake of sufficient nutrients allows the body to carry out routine tasks. Supplements such as vitamins and minerals enrich the body's internal environment to fortify cellular protection, repair and regenerate, as well as support the renewal process. Above these there are many specialist herbal outlets that will supply very targeted supplements for all sorts of areas in your body. You will need to take expert help to tune it into your own requirements but for a healthier, longer life this is a winner.