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Healthy Lifestyle Top Tips

1. Get active

Physical activity can help you to maintain good physical and mental wellbeing. You need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.

Being active doesn’t have to mean hours at the gym, you can find ways to fit more activity into your daily life. Try cycling to work instead of driving, carrying your shopping home instead of taking the bus or doing some gardening.

There are lots of physical activity & sporting opportunities for all ages in Sussex. Have a look at the A-Z of Sport to find a new sport or search for a local club, if you’re 11-25 year olds try a Sportivate session, or why not challenge your colleagues using the Workplace Challenge app!

Fancy a dip to detsress or get fitter, why not use the Just Swim app – its a simple goal setting and swim logging app that helps you burn off calories, or get a little fitter at a pace that suits you.

2. Eat Well 

Have a look at the Eatwell Guide to help you get a balance of healthier & more sustainable food.

The Eatwell Guide to help you get a balance of healthier & more sustainable food Eatwell Guide to aid a healthy lifestyle

Aim to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are – it is recommended that men need around 2,500 calories a day, and women around 2,000 calories.

You can check whether you’re a healthy weight by using the BMI healthy weight calculator.

3. Good-quality sleep

Not getting enough quality sleep can take its toll on your mind, and sleeping less can make you gain weight.

Being more active can help you sleep. Anything energetic, like cycling or running, should be done in the morning or late afternoon. Before bed try a relaxing exercise, like yoga.

4. Stress Less

Take simple steps to make yourself feel less stressed. Make time for fun and relaxation, and try to do something you enjoy every day. Find a way of being active that you like. Being physically active releases feelgood hormones called endorphins and can help you to sleep better – helping to lower stress levels.

Try the One You Campaign online quiz ‘How Are You?’ to identify where you can start to make small changes to a healthier lifestyle.

Some content courtesy of the NHS ‘One You’ campaign.