20 August 2018

5 Eco-friendly Ways of Staying Healthy

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Sustainable living and maintaining a high standard of physical health are frequently viewed as being intertwined. This week at Newcross, we'll be exploring some simple steps you can take in order to become more eco-friendly in your day to day life - all while improving your health! Here are our top five tips...

1.) Walk to work

For many people, the daily commute to work by car or bus is a necessary evil. However, if you are fortunate enough to work within walking distance, why not give it a try? Walking to work doesn't just rid the atmosphere of toxic chemicals, it also provides the opportunity for exercise that might be otherwise tricky to fit in around work and home life. The benefits include of thirty minutes of exercise per day include: maintaining a healthy weight, reducing stress levels and preventing or managing various conditions like including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

2.) Recycle! 

The benefits of recycling are many. It reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals, increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials and improves health by preventing pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials. 

3.) Buy local produce 

By buying local food instead of imported produce, you are helping smaller, traditional and mixed British farms to survive in an increasingly specialised and intensive farming industry. What's more, local food has less of a distance to travel and can be sold quickly after being harvested.The food should be fresh and at its best, making it not only better for the planet - but you as well. 

4.) Limit meat, junk and waste 

Eating with the environemnt in mind means considering the impact that the production of our food has. Some of the environmental effects that have been associated with meat production are pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water and land consumption. Similarly, reconsider your intake of products covered in plastic packaging and opt for recyclable options instead. 

5.) Let the sun shine

In the day time, switch the lights off unless you really need them. Open the curtains and let the sun shine on in. Not only will you cut the cost of your electricity bill, you'll also save your eyesight! Natural light is better for your eyes than artificial light and it has been attributed to improving mood, too!

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Have you taken any steps to help the environment, lately? Let us know by tweeting us at @NewcrossHealth

Sources:

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/natural-resources/9-benefits-recycling