Top tips to remember:
- eat a varied and balanced diet
- drink plenty of water
- get lots of sleep
- get regular exercise
- avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
Staying healthy physically can help you stay healthy emotionally too. If you're eating the right food and keeping fit, your body will be strong and help you to cope with stress and also fight illness.
Eating well and exercising often when you're a teenager will also help you stay in good health later in life.
Getting regular sleep is another really important way to stay healthy. Having late nights can leave you feeling tired the next day. It can be difficult, but try to have at least 8 hours sleep each night.
Top tips to remember:
Eating and drinking the right things
It can be hard to keep a healthy diet. Especially when there's a temptation to eat sweets and junk food. But it's important to get a balance in your diet of the right amount of each food group.
A balanced diet also includes drinks. Your body needs to stay hydrated to keep healthy. But think about what you drink. Caffeine and sugary drinks:
It's best to drink water and natural juices which don't have loads of sugar.
One portion should include:
NHS website has more info about balanced diets.
Exercise is a great way to relax after being in lessons all day. You're recommended to take at least half an hour of exercise every day if you can. You might get some of this through your PE lessons in school, but it's also good to do more exercise outside school if you can.
There are plenty of great ways to keep fit, like joining a sports team. Joining a team outside of school is a great way to stay fit and healthy and also make new friends. Many community centres or leisure centres run team sports at the weekend or after school.
You can build exercise into your daily or weekly routine and get your friends involved too which will help motivate you.
Plenty of ways to keep fit
Exercise doesn't have to mean taking part in a team sport or spending lots of money on expensive equipment. Try doing something you enjoy. It could be:
If you're worried you might be overweight or underweight, it's best to to speak to a doctor for advice before you do anything.
A doctor can:
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