1. Sleep well
Rest heals the body and has been shown to lessen the risk of heart trouble and psychological problems. It is important to understand why sleep is necessary for optimal health; a Professor of Sleep Medicine at the University of Oxford, warns that we dismiss the importance of sleep at our peril. “It affects everything from our day-to-day functioning to our long-term physical and mental health,”
2. Drink plenty of water
Your body needs water or other fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration. Water makes up about two-thirds of the weight of a healthy body and is needed so that our blood can carry nutrients around the body and get rid of waste. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink approximately 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink around 2.0 litres of fluid per day which varies depending on size, temperature and how active the individual is.
3. Exercise your body
Regular exercise can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, noninsulin-dependent diabetes, obesity, back pain, osteoporosis, and can improve your mood and help you to better manage stress. Adults over the age of 65 should still exercise and ideally aim for at least 2-3 hours of moderate activity per week.
4. Keep your brain active
Regular activity such as reading, writing and undertaking memory or strategic games can help to delay memory loss and even reduce the onset, or progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The health of your brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, memory, playing and even sleeping. Research has found that keeping the brain active seems to increase its vitality and may build its reserves of brain cells and connections.
5. Get regular health check ups
Regular sight and hearing check ups can help you to retain the best possible quality of your senses. Regular check ups with the doctor and dentist can also ensure that you stay healthy and fit.
6. Eat Healthy
Eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose a diet that’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in sugar, salt and total fat. Use the weight calculator to check if your weight is healthy for your age and gender.
Stay Healthy and Look after yourself and each other!
What do you think of our tips, is there any that you think are important that we may have missed?