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A little does a lot – Alternative ways to live healthily in the New Year

If your New Year resolution is to embrace a healthier lifestyle, then NHS Choices has lots of support available online.

For starters, making small changes to your diet is the healthiest and most achievable way to lose weight. Avoiding food with too much fat, salt and sugar by swapping them for something healthier such as fruit and vegetables can help reduce your calorie intake.

By making small, individual changes you can make big overall difference to your diet.

Other examples of diet swapping include avoiding white bread, bagels and muffins and instead opting for wholegrain varieties; changing creamy or cheesy sauces to tomato or vegetable-based ones on your pasta, meat or fish dishes; and swapping a sweet fizzy drink for 100% fruit juice (with no added sugar) mixed with soda water.

You can find more information about food swapping on NHS Choices.

Why not go a step further and add exercise to your “New Year, New You” resolution? Despite what many might think, it doesn’t just need to be 5k runs and push ups to make a difference.

One You recommend a 10-minute brisk walk every day, which can make a significant difference to your health, boosting your energy, clearing your head and lifting your mood.

Additionally, it can help people with lower back pain and those at risk of high blood pressure as well having serious benefits for your long-term health, reducing your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

By starting off with 10-minute walks, you can build yourself up until you feel ready for something more strenuous, such as jogging or joining a gym.

The Active 10 Walking Tracker app, one of many that One You have developed, can show you how many brisk walks you're doing and how to fit more into your day. Find out more on the One You website.