Child Junk foodAt a time of year when we are all perhaps taking an unhealthier approach to life…it has now been suggested that we are facing a health crisis due to long term unhealthy lifestyles.

 

The Public Health department have warned that people aged between 40 and 60 at are the greatest risk of ill health due to the steady rise in desk jobs, easily accessible fast food (Deliveroo anyone?) and daily grind related stress. In fact, 8 out of every 10 people aged 40-60 in England are either overweight, drinking too much or leading a lifestyle which is too sedentary.

Our lives today are extremely different to how they were just 30 years ago. We drive to work, we sit down, we drive home and we sit down. You can order food online and have it delivered. Our children have tablets and computer games meaning often we don’t always have to take them to the park to keep them occupied! Did anyone else do all thier Christmas shopping from the sofa this year? 

Although we are living longer, we are leading sicker lives with illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer on the rise. Aches and pains, headaches, low energy and a rise in mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are all signs of ill-health and should be addressed, not ignored! It’s not too late to make a change and make a change you should – we can ALL do things to improve our health and by taking action, even in mid-life, as well as reducing the risk of the serious and debilitating illnesses listed above, you can also reduce your risk of dementia. 

Another factor to consider, is that most people no longer know what a healthy, well-functioning body feels and looks like! Being fit and healthy does not mean that you have to look like the fitness models you see online or in magazines – and on the other side of the coin, being ‘normal’ is more often becoming confused with actually being overweight!

Bad habits creep up on us all. The key is to recognise potential bad habits you may have and then address them one at a time in a measured and sensible way so that you can create new, healthy habits that are SUSTAINABLE.

Follow the link to this quiz and take 5 minutes to answer the questions honestly. Maybe it will be a wake up call, maybe it will put your mind at rest but either way, it’s a great tool to use to start assessing your lifestyle and figuring out where you could perhaps make improvements to better your health. 

For more advice on adopting a healthier lifestyle and to start making changes TODAY - get in touch with me here >>> Sarah Ellis