By January 15, 2018 0 Comments

Small Changes

More often than not, the things we enjoy aren’t necessarily very good for us. Most of us are guilty of snacking on chocolate or having a glass of wine after work, and while these improve our mood, they’re not ideal for our bodies if used in excess. With current statistics showing increases in sedentary life style  ill-health, and a society where it’s difficult to find free time around work or family duties, why not consider making some time to play sport or exercise with friends?

 

NHS statistics have shown that regular moderately-intense exercise – any exercise which causes the heart rate to rise – can reduce the risks of coronary heart disease and stroke by up to 35%, and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 50%. Evidence has also shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancers. On top of these obvious physical advantages, kicking a ball around the park or jogging with a friend can also do wonders for your mental wellbeing. Exercise releases endorphins, which are naturally produces in your body and give the sense of being “high on life”; completely content and de-stressed. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of depression by up to 30% too – and with no entrance fees or hidden costs for going for a jog around the town, what’s not to like?

Even if you don’t fancy working up a sweat, even a walk in the countryside could do wonders to help you relax. Even if you live in the heart of a busy city, there are often easily reachable sights of natural beauty to accompany the fresh air and peaceful quietness of a country walk. We’re surrounded by modern technology, and bombarded by information almost all of our waking lives, so it’s often easy to forget the therapeutic qualities of getting back in touch with nature.

Perhaps you aren’t keen on running around the park or walking through the countryside? Well, fortunately you can still relax and treat yourself from the comfort of your own home. Even setting aside five minutes to take some deep breaths can improve mood and calmness. Take a deep breath in, hold for ten seconds, and exhale. Repeating this several times regulates the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in your blood, and brings a sense of well-being. If you feel like taking this a step further, then a wide range of meditative techniques are available at your local library or through a quick Google search. Why not find out what works for you?

 

While you’re at home, you could also set aside some time for a long, hot bath. Throw in some candles and soothing music, and an hour later you’ll be relaxed and content. You could even make a day of it, and visit a local spa with your other half or another family member. Most spas offer a range of treatments, from a basic pedicure to a full body massage, all of which are designed to relax and repair you both mentally and physically.

So, why not go out and do something today!?

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