Be active

ActiveIt's really important for our wellbeing that we seek out opportunities to increase our physical health. This often makes us feel better mentally and emotionally, as well as improving our physical condition.

The NHS 'Livewell' website has lots of good ideas about how to incorporate exercise into our daily routine, for example by walking up stairs instead of taking the lift. It's not necessary to have an expensive gym membership to get fit. 

Healthy eating also supports a more active lifestyle. NHS Choices has a healthy eating tool to help you assess whether your diet could be improved.

We've all heard of the phrase '5 a day' in terms of our intake of fruit and vegetables. Sometimes this can be a bit daunting, but see www.nhs.uk/tools/pages/5aday.aspx for easy to follow menu plans which will help you to put this into practice.

Along with our diet, it is also important to think about our weight and body mass index (BMI). Click here are some useful ideas about developing and maintaining a healthy weight.

Another key part of our wellbeing is to pace ourselves in our daily lives. Given the pressures of modern life this is easier said than done, but makes a big difference to our how we feel. An academic study found that where there was a fast paced culture, such as in developed western countries, rates of death from coronary heart disease were higher.

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