Healthy Habits

How many times have you started a New Year’s resolution, only to have failed miserably by week 2? That’s because faddy diets, detoxes and extreme exercise routines generally don’t work.

Instead, follow our nutritionist and exercise physiologist’s advice and create some new realistic and achievable healthy habits in 2018, which you can carry with you for the rest of your life.

Whether it’s eating better, or getting more exercise, our tips below will help you get started.

1. Set an emotional goal

By setting yourself an emotional goal, you’re 30% more likely to stick to a new healthy habit. So, really think about the reason why you want to eat healthier or get fitter.

It’s best to aim for something long-term, rather than a quick fix. For example, it could be that you want to live longer for your children, or maybe you’d like to feel more energised to help improve your productivity at work.

Write this goal down, stick it up around your house, or pop a post-it note on your screen at work to give yourself regular reminders of what it is you want to achieve.

2. Start small

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Once you know what you want to achieve, you need to figure out how you’re going to do it.

It’s really important to be realistic, so don’t set the bar too high. Your long-term goal is not going to happen overnight, so set small, achievable targets to help you get there.

Maybe it could be that you’re going to try one new exercise every week, or increase the distance you run by ¼ mile each training session.

When it comes to healthier eating habits, you could start out by trying one new recipe a week, or testing out one new ingredient you’ve never had before – you’ll be amazed at how quickly your confidence and cooking repertoire grows!

Doing it this way means it’s maintainable and these little successes will help you stay on track.

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Student Health Hack

Student Health Hacks You’ll Need At University

Whether you’re in your first week of university or your fiftieth, there’s always plenty to learn about student life. When it comes to your health, these aren’t lessons you want to learn the hard way!

To help you stay at the top of your game, our health experts have provided 22 quick health tips just for you. Enjoy!

1. See a doctor without leaving your bed

If you’re not feeling well, the last thing you want to do is get out of your warm, comfy bed. You don’t want to get dressed, go outside, or share a waiting room with other ill people.

With PRN Care, you don’t have to do any of those things! You can download our app and have your appointment on your phone, tablet or computer without having to drag yourself to a GP surgery.

 

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Alcohol Effects on the Body

From nights out with friends to office parties, alcohol is often a central part of a person’s social life.

When you’re out enjoying yourself, you’re probably not thinking about what alcohol is actually doing to your body. Sure, you know it’s bad for you. But do you know why?

Our experienced GPs are here to highlight the short and long-term dangers of drinking too much and help you make sensible choices about your alcohol consumption.

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What are the short-term effects of drinking?

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you know the short-term effects of alcohol all too well.

These are things you notice during your drinking session, or when you’re nursing your hangover the next morning. But why do they happen? Let’s find out.

 

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