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Small changes can make a big difference, says city doctor

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A city doctor has highlighted how making small changes can change your health for the better.

GP Dr Nicola Smith, the Clinical Chair of NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said that anyone wanting to put better health at the top of their New Year’s Resolution List should focus on small changes that can make a big difference if sustained in the long term.

She called on people to take moderate physical exercise for half an hour five times a week. The exercise should be strenuous enough to, at least, leave the person slightly out of breath.

She also urged people to give up smoking, drink less alcohol and eat plenty of fruit and veg if they are overweight or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, although she acknowledges that is easier said than done.

She said: “I realise that the pressures, stresses and the cost of modern life make it all that much harder to give up some of life’s ‘pleasures’ and we often make bold pledges to lose lots of weight or to give up smoking completely. Be honest with yourself and choose the right time for you to embark on major behaviour change.

“Putting small, realistic goals on your New Year’s Resolution List is far more likely to help you achieve your aims in the long term so, whenever you can, walk or cycle and take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. Gym memberships are great for those who have the time and money to make it work but running and walking is free and therefore the rewards of these forms of exercise can be much greater.”

For more advice on sensible weight loss, visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/weight-loss-guide

Dry January is a fantastic new social campaign that helps people kick the booze for the whole 31 days of January. Why not give it a go for the rest of the month.www.dryjanuary.org.uk

 

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