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40 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy

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Created: 8 November, 2016

Updated: 15 January, 2019

Looking for ways to stay healthy? Here are 40 things you can do today to ensure you stay physically and mentally fit.

40 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy

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So how do all these health tips help?

  1. Drink plenty of water

    A couple of litres a day will keep you in tip-top shape, and you won’t eat as much.

  2. Be happy

    It’s easier said than done, but being in a good mood will do wonders for your health.

  3. Sleep 8 hours

    Getting a good night’s sleep can improve your memory, sharpen your attention, make you less stressed and potentially even live longer.

  4. Do cardio

    Cardio won’t just make you fitter - it can help with weight loss, increase bone density, fend off heart disease and relieve mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

  5. Don’t drink fizzy pop

    Sugary, fizzy drinks can ruin your teeth, as well as increasing your chances of putting on weight and developing harmful conditions like diabetes.

  6. Eat vegetables

    Eat the rainbow. Brightly-coloured fruit and veg is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and vital vitamins.

  7. Read health blogs

    Scientists are discovering new ways to boost your health every day. Be sure to keep your finger on the pulse by subscribing to health blogs.

  8. Brush your teeth

    Keep plaque and gum disease at bay by brushing twice daily for about two minutes.

  9. Drink green tea

    It’s rich in catechins, antioxidants and a range of other beneficial nutrients.

  10. Take the stairs

    Squeeze a little more exercise into your day by dodging the lift.

  11. Cut out bread

    Sensitivity to wheat can cause a range of digestive problems, including bloating and excessive wind.

  12. Eat fish

    Fish is packed to the brim with vital nutrients like protein, vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids.

  13. Drink some red wine

    Research suggests a nightly glass of red can help protect your heart and even stay trim.

  14. Get a health app

    Measure your steps, assess your wellbeing or see an online doctor - the choice is yours.

  15. Get some sun

    Sunlight helps your body produce vitamin D, triggers the release of feel-good hormones and help clear up skin problems like eczema and acne.

  16. Get a personal trainer

    Willpower will only take you so far. Get one-to-one training advice from an expert and take your workout up a notch.

  17. Cut back on sugar

    And see improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the risk of suffering a heart attack.

  18. Eat a balanced diet

    Push the boat out and avoid eating the same things over and over.

  19. Get a blood test

    Keep an eye out for developing diseases with an annual blood test.

  20. Laugh

    A good chuckle can lower levels of stress hormones, boost your immune system and produce feel-good chemicals called endorphins.

  21. Eat some nuts

    They’re bursting with protein, unsaturated fats and vital fatty acids.

  22. Do yoga

    Boost your core strength, stay flexible and de-stress with regular yoga sessions.

  23. Eat less salt

    Too much salt has been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease.

  24. Eat broccoli

    It’s full of vital vitamins, folate and fibre.

  25. Take some “you” time

    Take a little time out of your day for yourself.

  26. Read

    Stimulate your brain and keep sharp into old age, while simultaneously de-stressing.

  27. Listen to music

    Improve your visual and verbal skills and your mental wellbeing with a minimum of effort.

  28. Walk

    Ditch the car and stretch your legs. Your body will thank you.

  29. Don’t smoke

    It’s really bad for your health - and your wallet.

  30. Eat 5 a day

    Actually it’s more like 10, but just do your best to eat a variety of fruit and veg every day.

  31. Use portion control

    Eat a little less at each meal and see your waistline shrink in no time at all.

  32. Wash your hands

    It’s the #1 way to prevent common bacterial and viral infections.

  33. Moisturise

    Keep your skin looking young and preserve vital oils by moisturising after your daily shower.

  34. Do weights

    Gain muscle, lose weight. What’s not to love?

  35. Drink less alcohol

    Banish hangovers, save money and give your liver a rest.

  36. Eat more garlic

    It tastes great, as well as containing a wealth of vitamins and minerals.

  37. Organise your food

    It’ll make cooking easier and mean you’re less likely to reach for that takeaway menu.

  38. Eat more fibre

    Keep your digestive system in tip top shape.

  39. Use sun cream

    Enjoy the benefits of sunshine in safety. Sun cream will keep you safe from skin cancer, prevent brown spots and discolouration from forming and fend off premature signs of aging.

  40. Stretch

    Stay flexible and maintain good posture by stretching regularly.

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Topics: Health and Wellbeing