How to keep fit and healthy

Keeping active, eating well and good weight management are the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy eating 

Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to keep healthy and well. Eating healthily is simple. Try:

  • eating a wide range of foods
  • eating lots of fruit and vegetables
  • keeping an eye on your calorie intake
  • drinking plenty of water.

You can find a range of advice, tools and healthy eating facts to help you on the NHS healthy eating pages. You can learn how to prepare healthy meals for your family, achieve a balanced diet and how to become an expert calorie counter.

The benefits of regular exercise

Keeping fit is brilliant for your health. Regular exercise is the cheapest and best way to stay well. A guide to Lambeth's parks and sports facilities is available on the Lambeth Council website.

It makes you feel better and gives you more energy but most importantly it can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer by up to 50 per cent.

The NHS Choices fitness pages provide a guide to how much exercise is right for you, help you find a type of exercise that you will enjoy and tell you more about the benefits of regular exercise and keeping active.

Maintaining a healthy weight 

Being overweight or obese usually happens when people eat more calories than they need to. A healthy diet and active lifestyle should help you manage your weight.

People come in all shapes and sizes and a healthy weight for you might be different to your friends and family. The easiest and simplest way to check if you are a healthy weight is by measuring your Body Mass Index (BMI).

The NHS Choices website also gives you information about the health risks associated with obesity and more tips on how to lose weight and also a BMI calculator

Stopping smoking

Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart diseaselung cancer and chronic bronchitis. If you are a smoker, stopping is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Support to stop smoking is available from

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