People who consistently follow four or five of the principles below experience significant decline in heart disease and stroke, reduced risk of cancer, dementia and diabetes and significant improvement in their cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Take regular exercise
Keep to a healthy diet
Maintain a low bodyweight
Limit your alcohol intake
The most important of these is to take regular exercise, and at activeNewham we are uniquely qualified to support you, no matter what your age or level of activity at the moment.
Visit one of our leisure centres or speak to our team on
0300 124 0123
to discuss how you can start getting more active!
Maintaining a healthy weight
If you are overweight or obese you are at a higher risk of developing serious health problems such as diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis and some types of cancer.
This risk increases even further if you don’t do any physical activity. Losing excess weight and getting active will be very beneficial for your health.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet and cut down on foods containing fat and sugar. If you don’t exercise, start by building physical activity into your usual daily routine, for example, walking to work instead of driving or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Gradually increase how much you do until you reach the weekly recommendation of 150 minutes.
Coronary heart disease
The incidence of coronary heart disease is higher in Newham than in most parts of London and the rest of the UK and it is significantly higher in men than in women.
Coronary heart disease is caused by a build up of fatty deposits on your artery walls.
It's more common in men over 45 years and women over 55.
Coronary heart disease can lead to angina, heart attacks, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure.
Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy heart.
You can also reduce the risk of heart disease by stopping smoking, drinking alcohol sensibly and eating a healthy diet.
Many people enjoy a drink now and again, but when does alcohol consumption become damaging to a healthy lifestyle? The NHS recommends that men should not regularly drink more than three or four units a day, and women two to three units a day; this equates to less than a pint and half of some lagers. Regularly drinking more than the recommended levels can cause liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure and increased risk of various cancers and heart attack.
In addition to the negative effects of alcohol, the additional calories contained within alcoholic drinks can also lead to weight gain, while the effects of over-consumption can lead to a variety of social problems. Reducing your alcohol intake will always be beneficial to your overall health and well being.
For more information please visit:
Information about managing your weight
Tips for a healthier family
The Stroke Scale
Harmful effects of alcohol
How to cut down your drinking