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Healthy Living

Healthy living depends on a number of factors, some of which you can’t control. But it makes sense to understand and take control of what you can. Nutrition, exercise and social ‘connectedness’ are all known to be factors which affect health and wellbeing – and these are all elements of your life that you can do something about.


Regular exercise has a huge number of benefits on the body and mind. It helps you to manage your weight, keep fit and reduces your risk of disease, illness and long-term conditions such as Type 2 diabetes. It also helps to prevent and treat mental health issues, reduces stress and boosts mood (Bupa).

Everyone, of any age, benefits from exercise. It is recommended that children (5-18) get one hour of exercise every day and that adults get 150 minutes per week. This should include a combination of strength and aerobic exercises (NHS).

Here are a few simple ways to add physical activity to your daily routine:

  1. Take the stairs as often as possible – it’s a great way to add extra steps to your day
  2. Drink plenty of water – it will make you get up for regular bathroom breaks and keep you energised
  3. Park further away – from work, the shops, a friend’s house. It will help you to walk further.
  4. Clean the house – chores can be a great workout!
  5. Tidy up the garden – you’ll burn plenty of calories and get to enjoy the outdoors!
  6. Download a step-tracking app – they can be great motivation to get walking.
  7. Go for a walk after dinner – and why not invite your family and friends?
  8. Walk around whilst you are on the phone – you’ll add steps without even realising.

Nutrition and Hydration

Good nutrition and hydration are very important to healthy living. Just like exercise, they can help to prevent disease and long-term conditions and improve mental and physical wellbeing.

Here are the signs of poor nutrition and dehydration:

The most common symptom of poor nutrition is unplanned weight changes.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue and lack of energy and or strength
  • Feeling low or irritable

The main sign of dehydration is thirst.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Dry lips, mouth and skin
  • Light headedness or headaches
  • Dark coloured and strong smelling urine

(Bluebird Care)

For tips on how to stay hydrated: http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/top-tips-stay-hydrated/

For tips on eating well: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthydiet/8tips.html?limit=1


Connectedness is vital to healthy living as it improves physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing. It can be just as important to health as exercise and good nutrition. Research has shown that strong social connectedness can increase longevity, strengthen the immune system, help you to recover from disease faster and reduce anxiety and depression (Emma Seppala).

To improve your social connection you could:

  • Give, share and support – engage in acts of kindness towards others
  • Volunteer – meet new people and create a sense of connection – search www.do-it.org for opportunities near you!
  • Take care of yourself – by reducing stress you will find it easier to connect with others
  • Ask for help – reach out to people around you and build connections
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