A small change can make a big difference
What should we consider when talking about a “healthy lifestyle”?
A Healthy Lifestyle can mean different things to different people, we are all unique individuals. But here are some areas we can all look at:
- Your health history
- Physical Activity
YOUR HEALTH HISTORY
Talk to your family about their health history. Discuss your family’s health history with your doctor so a bad history can be prevented from repeating itself
What you eat and how much you eat affects your weight and we know one of the leading causes of poor health is being overweight. Eating a balanced diet means choosing the right food groups in the right portions for each meal. There are charts that can help below.
- Regular physical activity helps to improve your fitness, quality of life and reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and depression
- Types of activity include walking, running, biking, dancing, and muscle strengthening of different body parts. Ideally, you should do 150 minutes of activity each week and muscle-strengthening twice a week
- Start out slowly and build up your activity – remember something is better than nothing
- Choose water over sugar-sweetened drinks that cause you to gain weight. Keep yourself hydrated, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day – you’ll feel better
- If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation – 1 or 2 drinks per day
- If you smoke – QUIT. Smoking causes many serious chronic diseases and can cause cancer. Ask your Care Team if you need help to quit