Everyday Active Wellness…

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You no longer have to aim for 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy – a brisk 10-minute walk is just as good, according to official new advice1.

Public Health England (PHE)2 and the Royal College of GPs said focusing on time, rather than distance or quantity of steps, can reduce the risk of early death by up to 15%. One in five middle-aged adults are said to be physically inactive, meaning they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. The official recommendation is for adults to carry out at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week.

Professor Paul Cosford, Medical Director at PHE, said: “Managing all the pressures of everyday life can mean that exercise takes a back seat, but building a brisk walk into your daily routine is a simple way to get more active.”

If you are not able to be active as such on a daily basis, what can you do to ensure you are still enjoying an “Active Wellness” lifestyle?

Create a list of the activities you would like to do, such as walking, aerobics, tennis, or taking a class at a fitness or community centre. You are more likely to stay active if you choose activities you enjoy. A brisk walk around the park wearing the Nikken mStrides in your shoes may offer you an ultimate re-energising environment with the help of the most innovative DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology.

Do you have a desk job, which means you are not moving as much everyday? Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes at a time. If you work in an office, you may spend hours at your desk each day. Just getting up and moving around a little every 30 minutes can get you blood pumping and increase your activity level. Try the Nikken KenkoSeat® II, a fantastic product designed to provide comfort while seated and may even help with your posture.

Skip conveniences like delivery and food shopping pickup services.Every time you have someone else do something for you, such as deliver food or shop for your groceries, you’re losing out on activity you could be doing yourself. When you have the time, do it yourself instead. Additionally, part of staying fit is eating a healthy diet, so make sure you’re consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Take the stairs instead of the lift.Little changes like this one can help you stay fit without setting aside a specific time for exercise.

Keep your energy levels up and help your body rest and recover from everyday activities by getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

1. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/focus-on-brisk-walking-not-just-10000-steps-say-health-experts

2. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/move-more/

(18th June)

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We often hear the phrase ‘I’ve been on my feet all day’. This can be true for many of us, be it because of work, chasing after children all day, running errands or countless other day-to-day activities that can all take their toll on our feet.

Women in particular can be guilty of choosing fashion over function or comfort when it comes to footwear. Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.

Research from The College of Podiatry shows that nine in 10 of us experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly. Podiatrist Lorraine Jones says: “What this research shows is that a huge amount of people are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet.

She adds: “Your feet shouldn’t hurt on a daily basis. If you are experiencing discomfort it is usually because you aren’t wearing the right footwear. “[1]

There are certain things that we can do at home to make a real difference to our feet. Keeping feet clean and applying moisturiser morning and evening, may help keep feet soft and prevent a build up of hard skin. True elements® Hand & Foot Cream may help to soothe dry hands and feet, protecting and nourishing straight after application. It contains Shea butter, which is known to nourish skin and the seaweed extract chondrus, which has moisturisation properties.

As well as keeping hands and feet moisturised, wearing comfortable, well fitting shoes as often as possible can help relieve aching feet. Kenko mSteps® and Kenko mStrides® slip into your shoes and utilises Nikken’s DynaFlux® Magnetic Technology. Kenko mSteps® feature relaxing massage nodes on one side, inspired by reflexology practices, they may provide a massage effect that could help the whole body feel good from the feet upwards.

TRUE elements® Hand and Foot Cream (#2053) is currently on offer saving 50% until 31st August.

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[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Healthyfeet.aspx