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A Health Check for the New Year

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A new year is coming and you’ll want to spend it on top form by having adventures, achieving goals and generally living your best life. One of the best ways to ensure this happens is by taking care of your health. A person in good physical shape is much more able to handle unexpected situations and power through life. Read on for five ways to conduct a health check for the new year.

Audit Your Diet

Are you currently eating a healthy, balanced diet? Could you introduce a few extra portions of raw fruit and vegetables each day? One good piece of advice is to ‘eat a rainbow.’ The bolder and more varied the colours on your plate, the higher the chance of getting everything you need from your meal. Try to keep saturated fats to a minimum and drink plenty of water. Now is the time to audit what you’re currently eating on a daily or weekly basis and make some changes so that you’re ready to hit the new year in optimum health.

Wear Sunglasses, Whatever the Season

Your eyes and eyesight are very important for your day-to-day life so it pays to look after them. Your lifetime exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun will have an impact on your likelihood of developing eyesight-related problems and could result in losing your sight later in life. One simple way to look after your eyes is to wear approved sunglasses, even in the winter. Additionally, be sure to attend regular eye tests, and if you notice any changes, visit your doctor or optometrist immediately. 

Keep Your Brain Active

There are many ways to keep your brain in good shape. Special brain-training apps are fashionable at the moment and they’re easily downloadable to your phone. Puzzles such as crosswords and Sudoku are also great exercise for your brain. Essentially, try to spend time on active past times rather than passive ones. Watching television, for example, is passive — it does not require anything of you. Conversely, working on a tricky puzzle forces your brain to do some work and stay fit. There are also foods you can eat to help your brain. Oily fish is known to be rich in Omega 3’s, and apples are said to help keep your brain young. 

Embark on a ‘Noise Diet’

As a person gets older, general wear and tear damages sound-carrying nerves in the ear, which can result in hearing loss. You can limit this damage by wearing noise-cancelling headphones and large headphones that sit on the outside of the ears, rather than inside them. Try to turn down the volume on your devices and limit yourself to one hour of intense headphone action per day. If you notice changes with your hearing, contact your doctor or a specialist at Imperial Hearing for advice.

Establish an Exercise Routine

Before New Year arrives, have a look at how much exercise you’re currently doing. Even twenty minutes of activity that increases your heart rate is hugely beneficial to your health. An hour or more a day is even better. Daily activity not only radically improves physical and mental health, but it also tones muscles and makes day-to-day life more enjoyable.

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