You probably have a New Year resolution that lasted only the first week this January. By month end, you will probably be slipping back into your old grooves.
But keeping healthy shouldn’t be such a rut.
The World Health Organisation has nine tips for a better you this New Year.
WHO says to “aim for at least 2 hours and 20 minutes of physical activity per week.”
You already probably know that but putting it into action is difficult. Now you have more reason to fight the fat, cut the carbs and spare the grease.
WHO says, “Try to consume less than 5g of salt and less than 25g of sugar per day.”
Quit using tobacco
The warning has been on, and we all know them. Nigerian government says smokers are liable to die young.
Indian government simply says smoking causes throat cancer. Cigarette packaging there include bold photo of a messed-up throat.
WHO says try quitting. If nothing else, your heart will thank you.
“One year after quitting, your risk of heart disease is halved,” says WHO.
Avoid or minimize alcohol use
Sure some alcohol might be like a long glass of cool water after a long drought spell, but it doesn’t necessarily do the best for you. And if you are younger, the temptation is stronger.
“25% of all deaths for 20 – 39 year olds are linked to alcohol use,” says WHO.
The busier you are doesn’t necessarily mean you are achieving much. If incomes were a direct result of work done, bricklayers, water vendors and barrow boys would probably be the millionaires on Forbes.
So take the stress out. The WHO advises, “Identify stress factors and seek support from family members, friends, and professionals
For bacteria, you have antibiotics. Nearly every disease-causing pathogen has something in the human arsenal to wage a fight. With viruses, you need vaccines.
Essentially, you get a weakened version of the virus you want to fight into your body, so your body masters the virus’s ways. The next that same virus comes around, your body is ready to unleash mega hell.
“Vaccines prevent disabilities, disease and death - are you fully covered?” asks WHO.
Be safe on the roads
You have no choice but to heed this warning before you find your car wrapped around a tree. Across the country, thousands of road-crash deaths and injuries occurred last year alone.
“Always wear your seat belt, wear a helmet, and don’t speed or drink and drive,” warns WHO.
Practice safer sex
The ABCs, the birds and the bees. A is for abstain, B is for be faithful. But people aren’t always A and B. A third category is important in the face of sexually transmitted diseases, forcing safe-sex recommendation. “This includes using condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections,” according to WHO.
Practice good hygiene
Many diseases—diarrhoea for one—can be reduced significantly by simple, basic hygiene.
Handwashing is simple, but has potential to prevent many infections and possible death. WHO knows this. “Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly to prevent diseases,” it says.
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