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50 years young: how to live better today, for a brighter tomorrow

The busy British work-week doesn’t leave you a lot of time for staying in shape, but by turning these simple steps into regular habits you can help safeguard your health well into the future.

We Brits work hard and juggle a lot, so it’s easy to make excuses about skipping exercise, meal planning and other things that contribute to your health and wellness.
You may have gotten away with things until now, but sooner or later the effects of your unhealthy choices will catch up with you. So why not start with these daily healthy habits? They’re simple and they’ll pay off in the long run.

Get enough sleep

Feeling proud of yourself because you completed your presentation while everyone was sleeping? If you keep doing that, it won’t just be pride you’re feeling but also physical, mental and emotional fatigue.
Constant lack of sleep heightens your chances of suffering from major health problems, such as heart and cognitive failure. Make sure to clock in about eight hours of sleep each night – free of interruption from your mobile phone.
Still very much wired from your day and can’t get any shuteye? Then consider a traditional herbal medicine such as Swisse Sleep Aid, used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label. (Available in the UK from 8th August 2016)

Eat a nutritious breakfast

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it: waking up really early, way before anyone else, can be therapeutic. Use the extra time to prepare a meal with the powerful nutrients of protein, fibre and slow releasing carbohydrates: all essential to keeping your energy levels up and your bodily systems optimised.
And make sure you eat a varied and balanced diet to give your body all the essential nutrients it needs & support it by topping up with multivitamins and minerals. Swisse Vitamins and Minerals offer a wide range catering to different genders and ages and contain antioxidants, such as vitamin C and zinc, which help protect cells from oxidative stress.

Drink at least two litres of water

This is probably the easiest habit to develop quickly, yet many overlook it. Just keep a big jug of water close to your workstation and take sips throughout the day. When your water bottle empties, take a short break to walk – which in itself is good for your body and mind – to the water dispenser for a refill.
Go for a quick walk or jog round the block
It doesn’t matter how you do it, just walk. It can be to the M&S at lunch or the Tube station at the end of the day – even going to the printing room to make copies counts.

Make sure it’s a good distance and you walk briskly to get your heart-rate up, even just a little. This ensures there is regular blood flow in and out of your heart on a daily basis, preventing clots which can help to protect your heart in the long run.
It also helps to take supplements containing ingredients like krill oil. Research has shown that EPA & DHA, as found in Swisse Wild Krill oil, supports normal heart function with a daily intake of 250mg. And remember to choose the more sustainably-sourced brands like Neptune Krill, so you know you are being as good to the environment as you are to yourself.