Lifestyle changes for the summer

There are few better times than the start of the summer to make some major changes in your life.

As the sun begins to show its face for longer periods of time, people all over the UK resolve to make some significant lifestyle improvements.

We all have things we feel guilty about or things we can do better, from eating more healthily or getting more exercise to sorting out your finances or finding a new job.

The start of summer offers a perfect opportunity to fulfil your goals. Read on to see some of the most common changes people will be hoping to make and some tips on how to achieve them.

A new job

The worst of the recession now seems to be behind us, with the economy having expanded for three consecutive quarters up to the third quarter of 2013 and unemployment on a downward trend that started 12 months ago.

With job security less of a concern, many people’s thoughts will be turning to making a change in their career.

There have been plenty of reports offering encouraging signs for jobseekers, including a recent study from recruitment agency Reed that signalled a shift to a “candidate’s market”.

A survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) found that nearly one in five UK workers are planning to leave their jobs in the coming year.

A new look

Fashion is of great importance to many people, not only as an interest or pastime, but in terms of self-esteem and positivity.

If you are among the many people looking to change career paths for the second half of the year, giving yourself a new look could be a key factor in building up the confidence to find and seize an exciting opportunity.

Or maybe you are hoping to start a new relationship this year. Again, revitalising yourself with a fresh style could give you the assurance and self-belief required to go out there and meet someone new.

There are many ways to update your look. For people who have spent a long time wearing glasses, one of the biggest and most beneficial changes is to make the transition to contact lenses.

Feel Good Contact Lenses offers a diverse range of products to choose from, including Cooper Vision contact lenses catering to all requirements. There are daily disposables for maximum convenience, as well as monthly lenses and toric lenses to treat astigmatism.

Diet and exercise

Eating healthily, losing weight and getting more exercise are some of the most common goals and most of them revolve around the summertime.

Rather than following the latest weight loss fads, the key to healthy eating is to maintain a varied, balanced diet.

According to the British Nutrition Foundation, fruit, vegetables and starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes and pasta should make up two-thirds of what we eat, with the remaining third of our diet comprising milk and dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein.

Of course, the other piece of the weight loss puzzle is exercise, and the good news is that getting fit doesn’t have to cost money. Running, brisk walking and cycling are all free and fun ways of getting exercise, which can also help you to keep the winter blues at bay by getting your endorphins flowing. These chemicals block pain and are linked to feelings of pleasure. And with the sun out and about you have few excuses to not get out there!

If you have always wanted to get involved in a sport or outdoor activity but have been held back by the fact that you wear glasses, maybe now is the perfect time to make the switch to contact lenses. This change could give you the freedom to try a new hobby or pastime that could help you lose weight, get fit and gain more enjoyment from life.