We've finally put the famously indulgent festive period behind us. Even if you hadn't followed our tips for a healthy Christmas, you may want to start the New Year with a bit of a health kick.
As a new year begins, many of us will still be trying to follow our resolutions as closely as we can. Whether your resolution was to lose weight, stop smoking or drink less, it can sometimes be hard to stick to a plan as the weeks go on.
As part of the Occupational Health services that we offer, we're aware that businesses recognise the importance of making healthier choices both in work and at home. So we thought we'd outline some of the best ways to ensure that this is the year that you truly kick those bad habits and become the healthiest you've ever been.
Psychologists have found that people are more likely to succeed if they follow these tips:
Sticking to your resolution is one thing, but sometimes it can be a challenge to get started. As such, we've outlined some of the most common New Year health resolutions and provided tips to ensure you meet your goals in a healthy way.
If you want to lose weight, you need to make sensible changes to your diet that work for you. The right diet plan will promote safe and sustainable weight loss whilst ensuring that you learn to make healthier food choices. It's important that your plan combines exercise with healthy food choices in order for you to stick with it and maintain results. A healthy diet normally consists of:
Quitting smoking is notoriously difficult but the advantages make it one of the most worthwhile things you can do to improve your health. If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you to resist the temptation to light up a cigarette:
If you want to live a healthy, fulfilling and long life, it's essential that you try to be as active as possible. In order to maintain a good level of health, you should try to be active on a daily basis and complete a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
For most people, the easiest way to get moving is to make exercise a natural part of everyday life. This can be done by walking or cycling instead of using the car to get around. For any type of activity to benefit your health, you need to be moving quick enough to increase your heart rate. The good news is, it's been medically proven that people who partake in regular physical activity have:
Drink less alcohol
It's a well-known fact that excessive alcohol is bad for your health. Ideally, you shouldn't be drinking more than fourteen units of alcohol per week. To put things into perspective, fourteen units is the equivalent of six pints of average-strength beer or ten small glasses of low-strength wine. If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down:
It's no secret that most of us don’t drink enough water every day. You should start by substituting your 2/3 cups of tea or coffee per day with a glass of water instead. Gradually increase this by drinking a large glass of water before you go to bed each night.
We've already explored how drinking two litres of water a day could improve your productivity. Over time, if you increase to this amount, it will start to become second nature. The more water you drink, the better you will feel. It's a simple yet effective way to improve your health. You'll see a decrease in headaches and it can also help you to lose weight!
Whatever your resolution is, we wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
We can also help to improve the wellbeing in your workplace with a workplace health check. If you want to find out more, get in touch with our team today.
Posted by Clare Hurley on
18 January 2020 at 12:00 AM
Health & WellbeingHealth SurveillanceOccupational Health