Friday, 8 May 2015

Help break a bad habit

Let's face it we all have bad habits or know someone with a bad habit. Mine is not drinking enough water and not doing enough exercise! Do you have a friend in need? Help your best pal, loved one or family member break a bad habit with some handy hints. We've chosen 3 bad habits and detailed some ways to curb them.

Your partner wants to eat well...
If your loved one is a fan of ready meals, help them to switch to a lifestyle of healthy eating. Leave the ready meals on the supermarket shelf and reach for the fruit and veg instead. With research linking a healthy diet to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, there’s no reason not to. 

3 ways to eat healthily:
• Eat more fruit and veg
• Cut down on alcohol
• Read the ingredients

Top stat: A diet high in fruit and vegetables could reduce the risk of mouth, oesophageal, bowel, throat, lung and some stomach cancers, according to Cancer Research UK.

Your dad wants to quit smoking...
Smoking is bad for health. Quitting will bring a number of benefits, including better looking skin, better looking teeth and better energy levels. If you want to help someone stop smoking, suggest they make some changes to their lifestyle.

3 ways to help quit:
• Consider electronic cigarettes as a way to curb smoking traditional cigarettes
• Speak to your GP about the different options available
• Make a stop-smoking plan – and stick to it

Top stat: Smokers who quit before the age of 30 could avoid more than 90 per cent of the smoking-attributable risk of lung cancer, according to public health charity Ash.

Your best friend wants to get fitter...
Getting in shape through exercise is shown to help with weight loss as well as reduced risk of a number of conditions, including heart disease. Our busy lives can make it hard to find time for exercise, but doing so is well worth it.

3 ways to a fitter lifestyle:
• Buddy-up with your friend and join a running club together
• Start cycling or walking to work
• Get off the bus a couple of stops early and walk the rest of the way

Top stat: Regular exercise can reduce the risk of conditions like stroke, cancer and mental health problems, according to Sustrans, a smart travel charity.

What are your tips for breaking bad habits like smoking, unhealthy eating and lack of exercise? Share them with us.
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