Dr Michael Mosley lists five favourite changes for healthier life

Health expert Dr Michael Mosley has listed his five favourite 'tweaks' that can boost your health - helping you lose weight, get in shape, feel healthier and possibly even live longer. The author, TV presenter and creator of the Fast 800 diet has listed his five favourite 'tweaks' from the latest series of his podcast.

Each week Dr Mosley lists one change you can make to improve your life in his BBC Sounds and Radio 4 podcast Just One Thing. The podcast is now being turned into a TV show for the BBC.

Writing in MailOnline, Dr Mosley has explained his five favourite simple changes for a healthier and happier life:

Nordic walking

Dr Mosley wrote: "Nordic walking involves using far more muscle groups than ordinary walking, so it is good for you. Finland not only has some of the happiest people in the world but also some of the healthiest."

A 2019 study found that a group of over 60s who tried Nordic Walking for three hours a week for six months were significantly stronger and they had lost 6cm more off their waists than a group who tried ordinary walking.

That could partly be because the Finns are pioneers of Nordic walking. This involves walking using poles to drive yourself forward and it comes with lots of health benefits.

For instance, in a 2019 study in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging, a group of 60-somethings were assigned to do three hours a week of either ­­­­Nordic walking or ordinary walking. Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that originated in Finland in the 1990s. It involves walking with specially designed poles similar to those used in cross-country skiing. This activity can be performed on various terrains, making it versatile and accessible for people of all fitness levels.

Flaxseeds

Dr Mosley said flaxseeds are 'a nutritional powerhouse, packed with fibre, protein and alpha-linolenic acid'. He said they are good for heart health and lower blood pressure.

Help others

Dr Mosley says a study found that people who help other people tend to be significantly healthier and happier 'because it gives you a purpose in life, which boosts self-esteem. It also helps keep you physically and mentally active, while at the same time releasing caregiving-related hormones such as oxytocin'.

Play an instrument

Dr Mosley said: "Piano and percussion players experienced significant ­improvements in their working memory."

Read poetry out loud

Dr Mosley said: "Reading poetry automatically slows down your breathing and helps to relieve stress"

Just One Thing is broadcast on Thursdays at 9.45am on BBC Radio 4 or catch up on BBC Sounds.