The key to a healthy diet is to balance the energy you consume with the energy you use
- Avoid ready meals if you can
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; tinned and frozen are fine
- If possible, eat lean meat, poultry, fish (especially oily fish) and eggs and avoid pies, pastries and processed meats
- Drink plenty of water and limit sugar in caffeinated drinks
- Avoid too many sweets, chocolates, crisps, cakes, biscuits and too much bread
For more tips on healthy eating, visit nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/eight-tips-for-healthy-eating
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, as well as having financial and physical benefits. Quitting will also improve your chances of coping well with the COVID-19 virus. So this is a great time to try and stop smoking while you are trying to increase your fitness with the HowFit plan. If you need additional help, there are plenty of resources available to improve your chances of quitting for good. Further information can be found by visiting:
It’s tempting to reach for that can of beer, glass of wine or gin and tonic while at home
Alcohol is just empty calories, it contributes to obesity and carries a lot of health risks. Try and keep to the safe limits of 14 units* for men and women, per week.
If you are struggling with too much alcohol, there is plenty of help out there to improve your chances of cutting down safely. Visit nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support
*This amounts to around 10 small glasses of low-strength wine or 6 pints of average strength beer or lager.