Heading into a new year is a great time to start some new, healthy habits, and the benefits can go beyond just looking and feeling good. Here are a few.
With the start of a new year come resolutions. There aren’t many better than making the commitment to be there for your loved ones, living a happier and healthier life.
There are five things people can do to have a healthier 2017:
1. Be sun smart
Why not make the commitment to have healthy, beautiful skin this summer and beyond?
Being sun smart can make you look better and feel better, and it doesn’t mean not enjoying the holiday season in the great outdoors.
Try swapping singlets for sleeves; a baseball cap for a broad brim. And always remember to apply and reapply sunscreen.
Find out more about the five ways to protect your skin.
More than just feeling good it will reduce your risk of cancer – 95 per cent of melanomas and 99 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by UV exposure from the sun.
2. Have a more active lifestyle
Not everyone has the time to get to the gym or play sport (although it’s great if you can), but small changes can make a big difference. In 2017, try making the commitment to be more active.
As you see friends and family this summer, try planning some sun-safe outdoor activities – beach, parks, bushwalking, sport – NSW has an abundance of it all.
And when you head back to work or study, why not swap driving for walking, cycling or getting off the train a bit earlier?
The benefits of getting active are many and varied, including reducing the risk of certain cancers.
3. Eating healthy
Making improvements to your diet by eating healthily is something that everyone can keep in mind in 2017.
Start small – it doesn’t have to be about completely overhauling your diet, especially when you’re out and about over the holiday season.
An easy way to enjoy food and be healthy is to make some trades – try swapping meats for vegetables, chips for nuts, and lollies for fruit.
Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce your risk of a variety of cancers.
If you need some support to make healthy chances to your diet and lifestyle, the Get Healthy service provides free services to help you reach your goals.
4. Drink less
Many people want to make the effort to drink less, but making the start can be hard, especially during the holiday season.
Making the change doesn’t have to mean cutting off social activity – you don’t have to go cold turkey, and there are plenty of other non-alcoholic beverage options.
Limiting to a maximum of two standard drinks per day can limit your harm from alcohol, but the best option for your health is to not drink alcohol at all.
Alcohol can increase the risks of many cancers.
5. Reduce tobacco
Quitting smoking at any time will improve your health – why not start in 2017? We’ve put together some quit tips to help get your started.
It won’t necessarily be easy, but there are resources and support available to anyone thinking of quitting: call NSW Quitline 13 78 48 on or visit iCanQuit.com.au.