When it comes to staying healthy we all know we should eat our veggies, drink plenty of water and exercise as often as we are able – it’s just common sense. However, there is more to health than just the basics and a few more uncommon practices that may sound weird at first, but that really work to keep you healthy…

Eat more to eat less

This isn’t possible, right? Wrong again. If you want to eat fewer calories and lose weight, as well as getting fitter, one strategy you can use is to eat a higher volume of low calorie, nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables. They’re more filling and packed full of vitamins and minerals, but because they are mostly made of water, they won’t make you fat, which means you can eat a huge plate full and not gain weight, whereas the same volume of processed food would have the opposite effect. It’s all about eating smart.

Put your high heels on

We’re often told that high heels are really bad for the feet, and we know they can be uncomfortable, so there’s no way they could improve your health, right? Wrong. There is some evidence to suggest that wearing high heels can help to lower the risk of arthritis in the knee joints as women age. Whether it’s worth the potential discomfort of high heel wearing is something you’ll have to decide for yourself.

Wear ear defenders at concerts

A lot of people think that the mere idea of wearing ear defenders or earplugs at a rock gig or classical concert is the definition of insanity – I mean they’re there to listen to the music, right? However, good ear defenders are a must. They don’t block out all of the sounds, so you can absolutely enjoy rocking out to the Foo Fighters or conducting along to Beethoven’s Fifth. What they will do, however, is help to prevent hearing loss by lowering the decibel level for you. No one wants tinnitus or hearing loss, so do the right thing and cover your ears next time you’re at a loud music event – they’ll thank you for it.

Take a new route to work

Scientific studies have shown that doing something new each day – even something small like taking a different route to work or listening to a new radio station – is great for your health. It pulls you out of your routine and makes you pay more attention, which can help you overcome bad habits, reduce stress and boost self-confidence, and it’s so simple to do!

Smell an apple

They say that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay, but sniffing it? If you have migraines, there is some evidence to suggest that smelling a green apple can help to take the edge off and reduce the severity of the symptoms you’re experiencing. So, make sure your fruit bowl is always full.

These tips may be undoubtedly weird, but they do work and you could do a lot worse than to give them a try.

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