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Spring clean your way to good health

Spring heralds new beginnings – from baby lambs wobbling their first steps, to flowers peeking through the soil – signs of rejuvenation are all around. And if Mother Nature signals it’s time for a fresh start, then perhaps we should follow her lead. For many people, spring cleaning is an annual ritual – it’s a chance to refresh your home with a deep clean and declutter. It’s also a chance to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Completing chores at home, such as scrubbing the bath or mopping the floor, can keep us flexible, in shape and can burn up to 315 calories per hour. You don’t need to hit the treadmill to feel the benefits of exercise – how you choose to physically exert yourself is irrelevant as long as you get your body moving and increase your heart rate. Even moderate exercise is enough to keep your body working properly.

If you’re looking to carry out a deep clean and declutter your home, then reaching high and to the back of the cupboards will help to work your core and biceps. It’s important to remember how you’re moving though to avoid any injuries. Try to vary your tasks to reduce using the same muscles for long periods of time. So, for example, rather than sweeping or mopping the house in one go, you could perhaps break up the task by dusting or folding laundry.

The benefits of housework and decluttering aren’t just physical – having a good sort out of your belongings is good for your mental health too. Refreshing your living space can boost your mental wellbeing, with a clean and tidy home proven to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Write a list and set yourself some realistic goals of chores to achieve before a specific deadline, and you can bathe in the cathartic experience of spring cleaning.

It is very important to understand your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our simple online health check takes just a few minutes. The Healthier You programme is free to join and you can sign up without visiting your GP. The sessions are now available with a British Sign Language Interpreter if BSL is your first or preferred language.

Use our online checker to find out if you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes: https://www.stopdiabetes.co.uk/know-your-risk

It might be the most important thing you do today.

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