It may sound boring but feeling fitter feels wonderful and once incorporated into your life, is really no sweat (well, not much)! Body and mind are nourished together.
A scientific paper in the Lancet in 2018 stated , "The leading causes of ‘estimated years of life lost’ are commonly associated with lifestyle factors". We know smoking, alcohol, stress, obesity, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep all contribute to poor health outcomes and we can all make improvements in many of these areas.
Lifestyle medicine is a growing area due to concerns that we over-medicalise and over-complicate ideas about how to live healthily. We often feel good health is out of our hands but concentrating on the essentials and starting with small changes shows we can make significant improvements to our health, even reversing some chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
For good health we all need to consider SLEEP, EXERCISE, DIET, RELAXATION - referred to by many as 'The 4 Pillars'.
Though we rarely recommend any single commercial product, Dr Rangan Chaterjee, a GP, has written an excellent book (and audiobook and blogs), - 'The 4 Pillar Plan', simplifying the ideas on nutrition and exercise and pulling is all together to make a healthier life accessible to all and attainable in one manual for living.
Screening is a difficult concept which sounds simple and very attractive; looking for signs of disease or better, pre-disease, in defined populations of people that when picked up can be dealt with at an early stage, saving complications or preventing death.
To have an effective screening programme a number of strict criteria must be met: