Small Activities Make a BIG Difference…


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At this time of year our wish lists are longer than usual; lose half a stone, walk 5000 steps a day, get more sleep, eat healthier etc. But these resolutions don’t usually last longer than a week. So our Leisure Team here at Norton Grange are sharing their top 10 tips to make 2015 your healthiest year yet with just some small lifestyle adjustments:

  1. Check with your doctor: If you have any existing health conditions or you’ve been inactive for a long time, you should to consult your GP before you start to do any form of exercise or change your diet in any way.
  2. Walking: It’s underrated as a form of exercise but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. The easiest way to walk more is to make walking a habit; think of ways to include walking into your daily routine.
  3. Muscle strengthening activities: simple tasks like carrying or moving heavy loads such as groceries. Activities that involve stepping and jumping or even heavy gardening, such as digging or shoveling can help to maintain the integrity of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. In addition, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic diseases including arthritis.
  4. Breaking up long periods of sitting: this applies to everyone as too much sitting has now been recognised as a risk factor for ill health. Taking an active break from sitting every 30 minutes is highly recommended.
  5. Maintaining a healthy bodyweight: as we get older, it is common for our appetite to get smaller and we may not feel like eating. If you are underweight and your appetite has decreased, it’s still important to get all the energy and nutrients that your body needs.
  6. Water: to stay healthy, it’s important to replace the fluid we lose throughout the day. Drinking between 1.6 and 2 litres a day will keep you hydrated.
  7. Improving your balance and co-ordination: this can help prevent falls and stumbles through aerobic activities such as Why not participate in our daily Do You Warner Dance workshops?
  8. Diet: making healthy food swaps such as switching from whole milk to semi-skimmed or skimmed; replacing white breads with whole grain varieties and using your grill when cooking meat instead of a frying pan can add up to make a large overall difference to your diet.
  9. Limit your alcohol intake: recent reports are recommending the reduction of the average alcohol intake for people over 65. In part, this is due to physical changes as the body ages that make alcohol harder deal with. The current recommended alcohol limits are a maximum of four units a day for men and three units for women.
  10. Stay Positive! The next time you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, get off the sofa and participate in something active, because you’ll not only feel more confident, energized, and calm — you’ll be a healthier and happier person for life.

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