In today’s society, there are so many misconceptions relating to exercise, food, diets and being
healthy. However, what does being “ healthy ” actually mean? How can we live a healthy
Surprisingly, dieting is not one of them. According to the dictionary, healthy is defined
as “in a good physical and mental condition”. Therefore, a healthy person 1 is happy, has a
positive approach to life, moves their body, and fuels their body foods that give them energy and
keep them healthy, such as carbohydrates, fats and protein. At Danny’s Place, we want you to
feel healthy and be healthy, allowing you to be your best.
Below are 7 suggestions we have for you to improve your health and well being;
1. Load up on the water
Water is extremely beneficial for our bodies. In fact, not many people are aware of the important
role water plays. Not only does it keep us hydrated, water allows our bodies to excrete waste,
removing toxins and unwanted substances. This is released through sweat, urine and faecal
Research also shows that hydration can affect our power, endurance and strength.
Water also improves the absorption of nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. These are
consumed from the food you eat, and prevent illness. Lastly, an adequate water intake
increases the production of collagen. Collagen is essential in hydrating the skin, keeping your
skin clear and radiant.
2. Turn off the TV and leave your phones alone
Although it can be easy to sit on the couch and turn the TV on, do you really want to be looking
at a screen when you can be outside, or doing something beneficial for your health? Research
shows that decreasing screen time can improve sleep, increase alertness and school
performance, and improve social interaction. We know you are tired, we know you had a big
day, but you can still engage in relaxing activities that your health will thank you for. Reading a
book in the sun, drawing, cooking, listening to music outside or meditating are all great
Sometimes spending time with those who share the same interests as you, or you can share a
laugh with, can bring so much happiness into your day. We believe that spending time with your
friends is very important to maintain a work/life balance. Spending time with friends can create a
sense of purpose, and increase your self-esteem. Socialising also allows you to take a mental
break from day to day life, and spend time doing something you enjoy – this relates to my next
4. Spend time doing something you love
Do something for you! No matter how busy or unmotivated you are, take the time out of your
day to do something you love. This could be a hobby, or even just sitting down and having a cup
of tea. Part of being healthy is living a balanced life. That means that you don’t have to be on
the go 24/7. At Danny’s Place, we encourage you to take responsibility for your health, making a
conscious effort to be physically and psychologically healthy, and looking after yourself is part of
5. Set goals for yourself
This one is crucial to minimise your stress levels. Have an endless list of things to achieve? This
tip is perfect to set you in the right direction, and keep you accountable and motivated,
especially when things become overwhelming. Each month, we suggest you write down goals
you wish to achieve. These could be health related, or focused on other aspects of your life. Try
and make an effort to look at these goals each day, giving your day some purpose, whilst
working towards a healthier and more productive you!
6. Move your body everyday
Yes, yes and yes!! Although we can sometimes associate physical activity with vigorous
exercise, just 30 minutes of physical activity can significantly improve your physical and mental
health. Chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin are released through exercise. These
chemicals assist in improving your mood, increasing the production of your happy hormone.
Therefore, by moving your body regularly, stress and mental health symptoms can be reduced.
A recent study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that running
for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by 26%.4 We
are not asking you to spend an hour in the gym, we just want you to move your body. Whether
this be kicking a ball, doing housework, gardening, walking with a friend, or riding your bike to
school, anything is better than nothing.
We believe that introducing these tips into your life can make an impact on your health, allowing
you to not only feel your best, but be your best, something Danny’s Place aspires for you.
Moving your body and eating a healthy diet are only some of the many healthy aspects of being
healthy, however they do play a large role in preventing you from becoming physically