Staying active is a vital part of staying healthy. This does not have to mean playing sport every day. It may just mean walking instead of getting the bus. Exercise does not have to be done alone; there are lots of fun classes available that you can do with friends. Getting fit can have a great effect on your self-confidence and wellbeing.
The road to a healthier lifestyle
- Do something for a friend, volunteer or join a community group
- Try something new, re-discover a hobby or sign up for a course
- Get out and about and keep active
The NHS have lots of advice and getting and keeping healthy, from stretching and flexing to running and rock climbing.
Our sports and activities page lists lots of ways you can stay fit and healthy.
Who can I talk to?
The Lowdown offer free counselling and advice to young people across Northamptonshire with health issues and questions
- School nurses can help you with your physical and mental wellbeing
Looking after your body by exercising, eating well, getting regular sleep and reducing stress can make you feel good. Feeling good about yourself can affect the way you think and feel. It can give you the confidence to help you to achieve what you want in life.
Benefits of being healthy, you:
- Look good
- Feel confident
- Think clearly
- Sleep well
- Have more energy
NHS Choices has healthy eating tips for teenagers, such as not skipping breakfast and to drink between 6-8 glasses of fluids a day such as water, milk and unsweetened fruit juices
- Change 4 Life also provide tips and advice on how to eat well, move more and be food smart. They have recipe ideas if you like to cook and show you how you can get your '5 a day' fruit and vegetables into your recipes.
- The LiveWell Guide has tips for eating a balanced diet to help improve and maintain your health
How to eat well
Healthy eating does not have to mean living on vegetables and smoothies. It is all about a balanced diet of foods.
Try to eat your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables day by making a few small changes to your diet
- Eat regular meals including breakfast
- Drink plenty of water and avoid lots of sugary drinks
- Don’t add extra salt to your food
- Reduce the amount of sugar you have each day
- Cut down on the amount of fatty and junk food you eat. This includes fast food takeaways, crisps, chips and other packaged snack foods
- Control your portion sizes. Eating more than your body needs or uses will result in calories being converted into stored fat
- Eat plenty of carbohydrates like rice and cereal and protein like eggs, fish and meat. You could try brown rice, pasta or bread.
Cooking for yourself with fresh ingredients can help reduce the amount of fat, sugar and salt in your diet.
Change4 Life have a list of recipe and meal ideas
- TeensHealth has a range of recipes for teenagers, catering for different dietary needs.
What should I know about supplements?
Some supplements have been scientifically proven to encourage weight loss and increase muscle gain. However, these are not wonder drugs and should be used as part of a ‘well balanced' diet.
Legal supplements like vitamins and iron tablets are available in pharmacies and health shops. Taken at recommended levels, they can help you stay healthy and fight off infections. Consult with your doctor if you are thinking about taking a supplement.
Take extra care if you are thinking of buying supplements from the internet, they could be illegal and not been properly tested or approved.
Watch the video below where Carrie Hope Fletcher talks about body image.