Proven Small Actions That Can Have A Huge Effect On Your Health

Your health is one of the most valuable assets that you have in this life. The good news is that there is no one else that is in a better position than you to take care of it. Now, most people think that to be healthy they need to eat nothing but salad and start running marathons. However, this truly isn’t the case. In fact, you can get some considerable health benefits from some minimal life changes. To find out what they are just read on.

Walk daily

Walking is great exercise! It’s low impact and so is great on even worn muscles and joints, and it circulates freshly oxygenated blood around the body. If you choose to walk outside you also get the added benefit of being exposed to sunlight which can improve your mood and boost vitamin D levels, which are great for improving your health as well.

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With this in mind, why not ditch the car and walk to work each day? Alternatively, you could use your lunch hour or break time to take a stroll outside, or you could even get your other half in on the act and go for a short walk after dinner in the evenings?

You don’t have to walk miles and miles to see an improvement in your fitness and well-being either. In fact, just 10,000 steps a day can make all the difference.

Exercise for 5 minutes

When it comes to exercising it is easy to think up all sort of excuses. I’m too busy, and I haven’t got the energy, being just two of them. However, nearly everyone can find at least 5 minutes in a day, and you might be surprised that just exercising for this short time is something that can make a massive difference to your health!

In fact, university researchers have shown that a burst of just 20 seconds of high impact exercise with a short rest between, performed three times can improve your physical health. That’s a single minute of hard work! Something that even the most unfit or unmotivated of us can find the time and mental willpower to do!

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Experts say this isn’t even enough to break a sweat, which means you don’t have to change into any workout clothes or take a shower afterward making it a tiny, yet easy way to boost your physical fitness.

Stand, don’t sit!

Next, experts also agree that the more movement you can do in the day the better it is for your physical health. That may seem all very well and good, but with many of us working in offices and driving to work each day, physical movement can be hard to come by.

Luckily, there is something that we can do about that, and it’s swapping out our traditional desks for an electric adjustable desk instead. These clever pieces of tech are desks that have motors in the legs that allow them to be raised up in to a position where it is comfortable to stand and work rather than sit.

This is, of course, fantastic for your physical health as you not only burn more calories by standing all day, rather than sitting but you are also likely to naturally move around much more. Something that can help prevent repetitive strain injury and what is known as laptop back.

Now, some of you may be worried about the strain on your feet if you are standing all day, but there are even anti-fatigue mats that you can buy top help with this. If you combine these with cushioned gel insoles, your feet should end up feeling fresh and comfortable all day, even while you are standing at your desk.

Drink, then eat!

Another great, yet small way that you can help your health is to learn to recognize the subtle difference between being hungry and thirsty. This can be a bit of a challenge for many of us because we often experience them as very similar sensations in the beginning.

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However, many experts suggest that we are usually in need of hydration as opposed to food for the most part when we experience a hunger pang. With that in mind, it can be useful to get hold of a tracking bottle so you can check that you are keeping as hydrated as possible through the day.

Also, always take a drink when you first feel hungry instead of reaching for a candy bar. You can even drink a glass of water before you eat a meal, as this can help aid the sensation of feeling full, and prevent you from overeating.

Mindful meals

Speaking of overeating, it is something that we have all done from time to time. You may be susceptible to this when at your favourite restaurant, and feel like you have to finish off that plate of Carbonara? Or maybe you are sitting in front of the TV and find that you have eaten an entire family size bag of chips without even thinking about it?

The thing to remember though is that our stomachs aren’t that big. In fact, they are only about the size of an orange! However they are very stretchy, and what often happens is that they give off a signal that they are full, which we then override. This means we continue eating way beyond what we need, and this can lead to weight gain and an unhealthy relationship with food in general.

Luckily, there is a way to combat this, and it is to develop some mindfulness skill around meal times. The first way of doing this is to allow yourself to feel your body’s hunger and rate it on a scale of 1-10, with 5 being the feeling of satiation.  

Then, once you have determined whether you need to eat, be aware of each bite and the flavours and textures it creates in your mouth. This will help to slow the eating process down and to assist you to become more aware of how your hunger changes as you eat. This action can then assist you in stopping when you are full instead of overeating. Something that in turn can have a huge positive impact on your health.

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Common Mistakes Made After Being Involved In A Car Accident

While nobody likes to think about having a car accident, the truth is that car crashes happen all over the world on a daily basis. If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to know the steps that you should take in order to guarantee that nobody else gets hurt and to make sure that you can launch a successful claim for compensation if the incident was not your fault. With that in mind, read on to find out everything you need to know about common mistakes that people make after they have been involved in a car accident so that you can make sure you never make them.

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Failing to call the police in a timely manner

One of the biggest mistakes that people make after a car accident is failing to call the police in a timely manner. Whether or not you need to call the police will depend on the nature of the car accident. If the crash involved some form of crime, for example, the person that caused the accident has fled from the scene, then you definitely need to get in touch with the police as possible. You will also need to contact the police if the accident is causing potential danger to oncoming traffic. If you or the other driver cannot move your vehicle out of the way, then you need to make sure that you contact the police immediately so that they can shut down the road until both cars are moved. The last thing you want is for more cars to crash because your vehicles are causing a significant risk.

Letting your mouth run away with you

Another mistake that a lot of people made after being involved in a car crash is saying too much. This is understandable. After all, your emotions are going to be running high. It can be hard to control yourself but it is important to do so. After all, you could easily end up saying something that implicates you for what has happened even though you were not to blame. A lot of people get apologetic after something like this has happened because they feel bad despite the fact that they have not done anything wrong. If you find yourself apologising for what has happened, this may be used against you and the opposite party may try to claim that you were to blame. However, it could be the other driver that was acting carelessly or speeding and you may have not even realised this yet. The best thing to do after any type of accident is to say as little as possible. That way, you cannot end up saying something wrong or implicating yourself for what has happened.

Not gathering evidence

You also need to make sure that you think quick on your feet and gather as much evidence as you can. This can be incredibly difficult to do when you have just been involved in a shocking and traumatic event. Remembering things like taking photographs or getting the required details can be a challenge, but it is vital that you do so. Nowadays, the vast majority of mobile phones come with cameras installed and so you can easily take photographs no matter where you are. With most car crashes, there will be damage to the scene and so it is important to take a few photographs on your smartphone so that you have proof of this. Moreover, if your injuries are visible, you may also want to take photographs of these in order to back up your case if you are intending to make one. Not only do you need to get photographs at the scene, but you also need to make sure that you get the contact information of the person that caused the accident as well as anyone that witnessed it. Witness statements can be very valuable because they serve as proof of what has happened. In terms of getting the contact information from the other driver, make sure you get their name, full address, and their telephone number, as well as the details about their vehicle, including the make, model, and the registration number.

Not claiming for everything you are entitled to

When it comes to making a claim for the car accident that you have been involved in with the assistance of a car accident lawyer, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is failing to claim for all of the damages you are entitled to. Not only can you claim for any pain and suffering you have experienced, including psychological suffering, because of the accident, but you can also claim for any out-of-pocket expenses that you have had due to the accident. For example, you may have been unable to work while you recover from your injuries. If you are self-employed or you are not covered by sick pay, this means that you do not have any money coming in. You will be able to claim for this as loss of income damages. You will need to make sure that you have proof, though, so be certain to record all of your expenses and to keep a hold of any important documents and receipts. Other types of costs that you may wish to claim for include repair damages to your vehicle, the cost of childcare while you recover from your injuries, and any medical expenses or travel expenses that you have had to endure because of what has happened to you.

If you can avoid all of the mistakes that have been discussed above, then you can ensure that such a horrible incident does not become any worse. You will also ensure that you have everything you need to make a successful claim for the accident you have been involved in.

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