The subject of health is firmly in the spotlight and many of us are looking for easy ways to adopt a healthier lifestyle. It’s not always easy to change the way you live or embrace new ideas if you’re busy or you’re accustomed to a certain way of life, but you don’t have to overhaul your lifestyle to enjoy the benefits. In this guide, we’ll outline some simple family health hacks that can have an instant impact. 

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Increasing activity levels

Increasing activity levels is one of the best ways to boost mental and physical health and well-being. Being active doesn’t have to mean spending every spare minute you have at the gym or playing sports every day. Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. This can include everything from walking, hiking, cycling and playing golf to doing exercise classes, going swimming, dancing or playing team sports. Try to get active as a family and work towards realistic, manageable targets. Wearing activity trackers is a great way to gradually build up your fitness. If you usually do 3,000 steps per day, for example, set yourself a new target of 5,000 and then increase the number. Exercising should make you feel good and it can also help you to sleep better and reduce the risk of depression, anxiety, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Keeping up to date with health checks and appointments

Be honest. When was the last time you went to see your dentist, or you had an eye or hearing test? Are you one of those people that ignore symptoms and hope they get better, or do you avoid going to the doctor or dentist until you can’t put up with pain any longer? Keeping up to date with routine tests, checks and appointments is a simple way to lower risks. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with local family doctors like those at if you feel unwell or you’ve noticed changes in your health, schedule regular dental checks, and don’t ignore invitations for screening tests or routine appointments. 

Achieving a healthier work-life balance

Mental health is as important as physical health, yet it often gets overlooked. One of the main reasons stress and anxiety are so common is an unhealthy work-life balance. We can all benefit from managing our schedules to make time for rest, relaxation and having fun outside of work, school or college commitments. Learn to say no, set aside time for socializing and enjoying hobbies and interests and make sure you get enough sleep. Have fun together as a family, enjoy alone time and try to devote more hours to activities or interests that make you feel good. For more tips, take a look at this helpful article

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Healthy living has become a subject of debate and discussion during the pandemic. Many of us are trying to make positive changes, but it’s not always easy. The good news is that you don’t have to overhaul your lifestyle to make a difference. These simple hacks will benefit your whole family.