Our body should be our temple; we need to take care of it to have a healthy life. Think of your body as your physical shell to take you through life. If you repeatedly abuse it with unhealthy food, your shell will wear out quickly. While you may look okay on the outside, on the inside, your organs are getting clogged up with cholesterol and arterial plaque. That’s not a pretty sight! Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, liver, stomach, intestines, etc.) may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Don’t take your good health today for granted. Take proper care of your body. Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise — it also includes having a positive mental health, a healthy self-image, and a healthy lifestyle. Making just a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer.
Healthy living to most people means both physical and mental health are in balance or functioning well together in a person. In many instances, physical and mental health are closely linked, so that a change (good or bad) in one directly affects the other. Consequently, some of the tips will include suggestions for physical and mental healthy living. A Healthy living is within your reach, starting today. Sure, healthy living is a long-term commitment, not a flash-in-the-pan fad. But there are steps you can take right now that will make today healthier than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow too.
HEALTHY LIVING TIPS
- Eat balanced diet: A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet, and provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health. The key to a healthy living is to eat a wide range of foods to ensure that you are getting a balanced diet and that your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs. A balanced diet meal must contain each of the food groups in the correct proportions. Make healthy food a priority in your life and allow it to bring your family and friends together. Learn to love how it makes you feel, how delicious it is and remember that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise are the keys to a healthy living
- Eat more Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized. Like fruits, vegetables are important for good health. When it comes to fruit and vegetables, different colors provide your body with the different nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy – it’s not just greens that are good for you! Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.
- Drink more water: Water is an essential part of our diet, it is essential for our body to function. Water is needed to carry out body functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and oxygen around the body. We lose a lot of water through sweat and urine, it is important that we replenish our water intake for a healthy living. The amount of water we need is dependent on various factors such as humidity, your physical activity, and your weight, but generally we need 2 – 3 litters of water intake per day.
- Exercise: Studies show that the body benefits from exercise, regular moderate exercise helps fight the effect of aging on the brain, lower the risk of heart problems, etc. Exercise stimulates the body to fight stress that’s normally occurring in the brain; stress that causes oxidative damage. All types of exercise count, including walking, bicycling, hiking, swimming, aerobics, and weight training. Exercise is an extremely important factor in staying healthy so try to be as active as you can. Aerobic exercise, including something as uncomplicated and low-impact as walking, is associated with a variety of benefits for the body and the brain, including a reduced risk of chronic diseases, anti-anxiety and mood-enhancing effects. Resistance exercise helps to maintain muscle mass and strengthens the body. This has particular relevance as we age, as it reduces the risk of disability and falls. Many highly useful exercises can be done at home, such as press-ups, sit-ups and squats. Daily exercise may be the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth. A study shows that regular high-intensity exercise (such as running) can add up to four years to your life, which isn’t surprising given the positive effects working out has on your heart, mind, and metabolism. Exercise isn’t about suffering and pushing yourself; it’s about being healthy and having fun at the same time. Adding variation in your exercises will keep them interesting.
- Get enough Sleep: Sleep has the ability to optimize mental and physical energy, and optimal levels of sleep (about eight hours a night) are linked with reduced risk of chronic disease and improved longevity. One simple strategy that can help ensure you get optimal amounts of sleep is to go to bed earlier. Getting into bed as early as possible is a potentially useful investment in terms of your short- and long-term health and wellbeing. Getting less than seven hours’ sleep at night triggers higher levels of the stress hormone, which can lead to weight gain and depression. Sometimes, a good sleep is all the body needs to keep it healthy. Make sure you get enough sleep – it’s an essential part of being healthy and directly affects how well we are able to learn, grow and act in life. While we’re asleep, our bodies have that all-important time to repair and prepare for the next day activities.
- Reduce Sugar intake: Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy, and if eaten too much, can contribute to weight gain, tooth decay, etc.
- Avoid Smoking: Quitting smoking is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your health and your life span. A study shows that people who quit smoking by age 35 add roughly six to eight years to their lives. It has been extensively proven that smoking is detrimental to health, severely increasing the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, heart attack, and more. Smoking “light” cigarettes do not decrease health risks either. If you’re a smoker, quit for better health of not just yourself, but also your family and friends. If you don’t smoke, stay that way and don’t start. It is equally advisable to stay away from smokers and cigarette smoke.
- Reduce alcohol intake: Alcohol is repeatedly proven to have negative effects on our body and health impacting the proper functioning of our brain, liver, lungs, and other major organs. If you drink alcohol regularly, it’s time to cut it out, or at the very least, drastically reduce your consumption.
- Personal hygiene: Maintaining a personal hygiene is equally essential for a healthy living. Maintaining good personal hygiene includes bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth and wearing clean clothing. A Good personal hygiene is essential to promoting good health.
- Get regular medical checkup: There are many diseases that don’t show up in terms of bodily symptoms until it is too late. This is why it is important to go for regular medical checkups.