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How to stay healthy in 2018

By KentOnline reporter

We've all had the problem of struggling to keep our New Year's resolutions, but one you can't afford to drop is to staying healthy.

Even small changes to your diet and exercise regime can make a big difference in the long run.

To help you along, here are a few simple hints and tips on how to stay healthy this year, all year long.

Kick the cigarette. Stock picture

Kick the cigarette. Stock picture

1) Put down the cigarettes for good

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of major illnesses nowadays and a raft of legislation means it is banned in any closed public space. This could be the year when you finally kick the habit and it could change your life. There's plenty of support out there for people who want to stub it out. Try clicking here to view some of the services the NHS offers and read more about the benefits.

2) Try something at the gym

Are you always on the treadmill? Or perhaps it's the cross trainer? It can make exercising boring and feel like a chore. One of the ways to combat this could be to do something different. Discover what else you'd like to do to keep fit. You could try going to the swimming pool or do a fitness class.

You might save a few pennies. Picture Thinkstock

You might save a few pennies. Picture: Thinkstock

3) Cut down on the drinking

We all like to have a tipple or two every now and again but are you enjoying too much? If you think the answer is yes the it might be a good idea to think about cutting down on how many units you consume over a week. Here are some ideas from the NHS. One advantage is you'll end up with some extra money in your pocket.

4) Discover your local area

Going to the gym isn't for everyone but a good way of avoiding it but still getting your recommended amount of exercise is to venture outdoors. Walking in your local park or on the seafront, if there's one by you, can not only be really good for your physical health but your mental well being too.

Take a walk. Picture Explore Kent

Take a walk. Picture: Explore Kent

5) Try a park run

Speaking of parks, if taking a brisk walk isn't enough for you then you could always take part in a park run. There are lots dotted around the county and it's really easy to have a go. Most of the events are organised to run at the weekend. Click here to find out if there's one near you.

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