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Become a healthier YOU – World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th of April every year, to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The main goal of World Health Day is to draw mass attention towards the importance of global health, and how everyone can play their part towards improving the overall health of the world. Whether it’s making a few small changes yourself, together with your family, or even within your community, it all helps!

Over the last 70 years, the World Health Organisation have also aimed to raise awareness of health conditions such as heart disease, back pain and diabetes. Through World Health Day, the WHO is seeking to stimulate a global health debate on the factors contributing to them. All whilst working to promote simple changes to encourage healthier lifestyles.

A few steps you can take to become a healthier you.

Get active

Cardio can help to improve your heart health, endurance and aid in weight loss. Strength training can improve muscle strength and flexibility, making it easier to do daily activities. It can also help reduce the speed of disease-related declines in muscle strength, and provide stability to joints. (1)

Exercise is also proven to release feel-good endorphins that can be an effective way to feel more positive and relaxed. Why not try going for a brisk walk, doing bodyweight exercises, or challenge yourself with yoga? Aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise daily to reap the health benefits.

Eat well

A healthy outside starts from the inside. Eating a balanced diet, is with the right micronutrients is essential to help regulate your immune system, protect yourself against infection and keep yourself in top shape. (2)

If you’re thinking about getting started on your health journey, have a look at our article on the importance of correct pre-workout nutrition. We want to help you get the most out of your activity. From choosing the correct carbohydrates for energy, to how you can help prevent muscle breakdown with the correct protein.

To make things even easier, we’ve created some perfect pre-workout dishes for you to try in our pre-workout recipes tastelist.

Dealing with Diabetes

If you suffer from diabetes, the following article explains how changes to your diet and lifestyle can help reduce your risk to type 2 diabetes. (3) Our good friend, Dr Sarah Schenker, has also provided information on the benefits of Wholegrain Basmati rice, and why it should be a staple in a diet of anyone who suffers from type 2 diabetes.

 

Research –

(1) World Health Organisation: Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health. Geneva; 2010:60.http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/44399/9789241599979_eng.pdf?sequence=1

(2) Walsh, N., Gleeson, M., Shepard, R., Woods, J., Bishop, N., Fleshner, M., Green, C., Pedersen, B., Hoffman-Goetz, L., Rogers, C., Northoff, H., Abbasi, A. & Simon, P. (2011) Position statement. Part one: Immune function and exercise. Exercise Immunology Review, 17 , pp. 6 – 63.

(3) https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/can-diabetes-be-prevented