How to look after your weight

Joining a gym can help your mental health as well as your physical health.
Joining a gym can help your mental health as well as your physical health.

The second in a four-part series of top tips from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for Pocklington and district families about how to adopt a healthier lifestyle

Is your weight bringing you down?

Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and wellbeing.

Becoming overweight or obese increases your risk of developing a number of health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

If you are overweight, losing weight has many health benefits and making small simple changes to what and how much you are eating and drinking and your level of activity can really help you lose any extra pounds.

Why is my waist size important?

Where your body stores fat can affect your risk of number of health conditions, and carrying fat around your waist can increase your risks considerably.

Measuring your waist is a good way to check you’re not carrying too much fat around your stomach, which can raise your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

How much have you moved today?

Fitting some physical activity into your day is easier than you think.

Being active is really good for your body, mind and health – and there are lots of easy ways you can get moving. Being active has lots of benefits for your body and wellbeing.

As well as lowering your risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, being active helps keep your heart healthy, keeps your muscles, bones and joints strong and can help improve your balance.

Many adults who suffer from depression, anxiety or stress find that being active every day can help to ease their symptoms.

Get more sleep!

Sleeping less can make you gain weight.

Studies have shown that people who sleep less than seven hours a day are 30% more likely to be obese than those who sleep for nine hours or more.

However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

Regular poor sleep can increase your risk of a number of medical conditions; including obesity, heart disease and diabetes – and can shorten your life expectancy.

Most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.

To find out more, get great ideas for healthy meals, ways to be more active and simple changes you can make to help you become healthier, visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou