Putting Your Health First & Reduce The Risk Of Illness ~ Collaborative Post ~

"If you take an interest in healthy living and self-care, the decisions you make now could benefit you for years to come. It’s essential to put your health first, no matter how young or old you are. Here are some simple steps you can take today to reduce the risk of illness. 

Up your activity levels

Inactivity is one of the most significant threats to good health. If your idea of exercise is walking from the car to the office twice a day, taking steps to move more will improve your mental and physical health. Start increasing the number of steps you take each day, think about activities you’d like to try, research local exercise classes and look into ways you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. If you're anxious about working out in front of other people, or you’re pushed for time, home workouts are a great option.

Kick the bad habits

If you smoke, or you drink on a regular basis, making lifestyle changes could have a dramatic impact on your health. Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but it will contribute to both short-term and long-term benefits. We often associate smoking with cancer, but many of us don’t really know much about cancer. If you had to answer the question, ‘what is cancer?’ what would your response be? Researching and reading articles from reputable sources can help you find out more and give you information about the reasons why smoking is a risk factor for cancer. If you’re keen to quit, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are community groups and online forums you can join, and you could also look into treatment options like nicotine replacement methods. 

If you’re worried that you drink too much, start keeping a diary, and try to block out most days of the week as alcohol-free. Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home, and try different social activities. You’re much less likely to drink excessively if you go to the cinema or you meet friends for breakfast, rather than going to the pub. If you’re finding it tough to cut down, or you rely on alcohol to make you feel better or less stressed, see your doctor or contact charity helplines. 

Keep up to date with routine health checks

Keeping an eye on your health is crucial. If you’re one of those people that only go to the dentist if they have toothache, or you haven’t had your blood pressure checked for years, it’s important to keep up to date with routine health checks and appointments. Don’t ignore invitations or reminders from your GP or dental surgery and seek advice if you do develop symptoms, or you’re worried about your health. Waiting around might cause your symptoms get worse and lower the chances of treatment being successful. 

Some of us are complacent when it comes to our health, and we put work, children, friends and socialising ahead of taking good care of ourselves. To boost your health and wellbeing, try and move your body more, kick bad habits and keep up to date with appointments and checks."


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