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Lifestyle Changes

Helping you have a healthier lifestyle is the best medication we can give you! Research shows that making healthier choices is the most effective way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

These changes don’t have to be huge and shouldn’t stop you from doing what you enjoy. You never know you might discover something you love doing. Even small changes can have a hugely positive impact. 

“Yes. But…”. We all know how easy it is to put off making changes to our lifestyles. You are not alone. Research shows 1 in 3 men and 1 in 2 women in the UK are not active enough and this can significantly increase your risk of an early death (1 in every 6 deaths is linked to physical inactivity).

This section is here to help you to identify where you could be healthier and steps to make those changes. 

Our team is here to help you by working with you to help you make healthy lifestyle changes. Whether it be help in understanding why healthy changes are important to you or supporting the changes you make, we can help.

We work in partnership with local services to enable you to become healthier

Active Northumberland

Ask any of our team for a referral to Health Start / Momenta where you will have a personal trainer to help you get moving again and help you lose weight. They can help anyone be more active and they will work with you to help you achieve your weight loss goals

NHS Health Trainer

Please ring 01670 623840 to have free 1 to 1 support in helping you improve your lifestyle with your local Blyth Health trainer.

Stop Smoking Service

We are very keen to help you stop smoking. Please call 01670 813135 for expert advice or speak to one of the Practice team.

Where to Start

Contacting us or visiting the NHS Live Well is a great place to begin:

Completely changing your diet of losing a significant amount of weight can often seem a distant target and an insurmountable task.

Think to yourself: What do I want to achieve? How important is this for you? What are the barriers stopping me? What changes can I make to start this? 

Take small steps. Look back on your changes and think about how it’s gone:

  • If you’ve met it, great! Think about how to move to the next step.
  • If you haven’t quite made the changes you set, no worries! Reflect on what went well and what didn’t. You’ve still made progress! Use this to set a new goal that you think is manageable.

If you’re one to plan out your goals, make ‘SMART’ targets: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound.

Mind Tools

Keeping Motivated

Finding motivation can be really hard. It’s often easier to slip back into old ways. Think about things that motivate you and use them to keep you going. Here are a few ideas:

  • Keep a schedule or a list – Whether it’s a meal plan for the week or a schedule of when you’re’ going to exercise. It’s easier to keep to changes if they’re planned out. And before long, they’ll become part of your routine.
  • Think of a Goal – Although making manageable changes is important, thinking about your end goal can help when motivation is a struggle. This could be thinking about the ideal weight you’d like to be or being able to spend more time with friends and family. 
  • Challenge yourself – Giving yourself a challenge can really spur you on. As can competing against other people. Why not challenge yourself to have a walk, even for half an hour, every day of the week. Or use social media to challenge friends to see who’s able to spend the most time doing activity or get the most steps. 
  • Make it Social – Incorporate healthy changes into your social life. This could be cooking healthy meals for friends, joining an exercise group or walking to visit family instead of driving. Humans are social and spending time with others can be a great way to incorporate healthy changes into our lives.

 Remember, not all techniques will work for you all the time. Find ones that suit and change around if you need to. Don’t give up! 

Read this article for some more ideas to keep motivated:

Every Little Helps

Lots of small changes really can add up! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Always think, do I need to drive, or could I walk or cycle?
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Fill your plate with healthier foods such as fruit and veg first. You’ll then put on fewer unhealthy foods!
  • Park your car at the far side of the car park
  • Use a step tracker on your phone – aim to get steps each hour
  • Check if there’s a lower fat or sugar option when buying food
  • Aim to have 6-8 hours sleep per night

The list of changes is endless. What can you think of?

Wider Benefits

Making a healthy lifestyle changes doesn’t just improve your physical health. Besides lowering your weight and reducing your risk of disease in future. Lifestyle changes will improve your mental health, your sleep, your digestive health, and help maintain relationships with others. 

There’s only one you. Lifestyle changes help all of you.

Visit the NHS One You website to find out more 

Our Staff 

Here are some our staff’s top tips on how they like to lead a healthy lifestyle.

  • “Walk every day! I always try and walk every day, 10-minutes come rain or shine always makes me feel healthier and my mind clearer”
  • “I plan my meals out for the week, so I’m not tempted to eat easy fast food or snacks”
  • “I love the parkrun! It’s so sociable and set’s me up for the rest of the day. There’s no pressure to be like Mo Farah! Everyone is there to run and enjoy themselves”
  • “Portion control helps me keep on top of my diet. Using a set of scales and making sure you limit the size of portions is important for all foods, not just unhealthy one”
  • “Always aim to get your step count. Using a fitness tracker or phone makes sure I stand up every hour and get my 10,000 steps per day!”
  • “It’s not about being athletic, it’s about being enthusiastic!”

Useful Links 

Please note, services may be affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Check with organisations or the practice for more information.

NHS Resources

Northumbria Health Trainers

  • https://www.northumbria.nhs.uk/our-services/wellbeing-services/health-trainer-service/
  • service to work with you to help plan a healthy lifestyle

Changes for Everyday Life

Healthy Eating

Keeping Active – Local

Further Reading

There are many more resources in helping you build an understanding about lifestyle changes. Here are a few we have found useful: