New Year, Better Health

It’s that time of year when our New Year’s resolutions may be wearing thin. January 17 to be exact, is known to be the day when a large number of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back….

The stresses of daily life set us back to our old habits, which can leave us feeling deflated and defeated. Of course, this isn’t the case for everyone. The super motivated can stick to new habits more easily – about 25% on average make it to the end of January, whilst under 10% (hats off) achieve their final goals.

We’re here to offer some support and help. Some inspiration to improve your health, and not a New Year’s resolution in sight!

Here we discuss 5 key things that, with a little bit of focus could seriously improve your health and wellbeing.

  1. Nutrition
    Nutrition is a fascinating subject and one that many of us lack knowledge in. Commit to renting a book from the library of borrowing one from a friend. There’s a lot of interesting stuff to learn about food and how it can help our health. Food is medicine! Keep it simple. Start with small changes, such as cutting out processed food. That alone, and the commitment to fresh and well balanced portions, will have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing.
  2. Reduce your alcohol intake
    We all know that alcohol is bad for us and that’s why more and more people now are forgoing alcohol in the name of ‘Dry January’. There is nothing nutritionally beneficial in alcohol for our bodies and when consumed in volumes alcohol can challenge our immune systems and leave us feeling low and lethargic, not to mention the stresses on our liver, heart and digestive system.It’s a good idea to give your body a break from alcohol and drink in moderation and commit to alcohol-free days. Health professionals say you will experience more energy, mental health improvements and generally help your overall long-term physical health. You’ll also look and feel much better.
  3. Stop Smoking
    Quitting smoking is said to add 10 years to your life expectancy. Smoking after the age of 40 is known to pose worse health risks and giving it up is just a really sensible move for you and your family. It will also save you lots of money to enjoy with your family. If you want to give up and don’t know how, there is lots of support. Book an appointment with your GP and find out what’s on offer to help you. And we are on hand to help. Call us for further information about our health support services.
  4. Take some exercise
    If you can, walk to the shops instead of driving, or dust down the bike and visit a friend. You’ll be amazed at how these small changes will affect your mental wellbeing.There are many group exercise classes in Bedfordshire, not to mention walking or cycling groups. If you’re not apt at Google search, ask a friend or family member to help you research whats on offer in your local area.
  5. Invest in ridding your aches and pains
    Living with discomfort and daily aches and pains is no fun, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We often think nothing of spending £30 on an item of clothing but are hesitant of the expense when it comes to our health treatments, such as physiotherapy and massage. Investing in our long-term health, and experimenting with different treatments, can go a long way to help us feel physically and mentally healthier and fitter, and massage is well known for lots of physical benefits such as improved circulation, reduced muscle tension and increased flexibility and mobilility.

We all know too well how hard it can be to stick to changes in our lives but when we focussing on the health benefits of those changes can be empowering. Here are some top tips to help you navigate your way through to feeling healthier and happier, and your friends will soon notice the difference too

9 Top Tips to achieve your healthy goal

  1. Make a note of what you want to achieve – lose weight, improve your skin, feel more energetic, feel happier.
  2. Make a journal and record how you feel on a weekly basis.
  3. If weight loss or exercise is a goal, then take your measurements or record the time it takes you to walk to the shops and back. Each little gain will help to keep you motivated and leave you feeling accomplished.
  4. Be realistic and don’t make too many changes and start with small steps.
  5. Avoid repeating past failures. Always learn from mistakes and renew your plans.
  6. Remember that change is a process and long-term.
  7. Get some support from family and friends.
  8. Planning and preparation is everything. Dedicate some time to think things through and source things you might need to achieve your goals.
  9. Give yourself a break! If you make mistakes or fail, that’s ok and its normal! Get back on that horse and give it another go.We’re only human after all. Healthy best wishes from the Smarta Healthcare team.

For further information on how we can help you lead a happier healthier life, go to our website or call us on 01234 831768. We offer health checks, health plans – including giving up smoking and weight management, physiotherapy and pharmacy services.

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