“Take care of your body, that is the only place you have to live in”
I am sure all of us have heard of this at some point or the other in our lives. But how many of us get down to living a healthy life is always a challenge, given the tough conditions, stress, work pressure etc which we all have to face.
Living healthy doesn’t mean hours of training at the gym and eating only salad leaves. It’s about making easy-to-manage healthy choices in your day-to-day living.
Says Dr Craig Nossel, head of Wellness at Discovery Vitality “The trick to making your lifestyle healthier is to make small healthy changes every day, such as taking the stairs instead of the lifts, increasing your fruit by one, drinking one extra glass of water or quitting smoking.”
So let’s start with the fundamental basics of healthy living like regular exercise, healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices. Does this sound impossible? Of course NOT.
Shake your body!
Although an exercise session is great to work into your daily routine, you can burn kilos in other small ways such as
- Walking to someone else’s desk rather than sending an e-mail,
- Parking furthest from the building and walking in, or
- Taking the stairs more often,
- Doing house cleaning or gardening,
- Taking the dog for a walk or cycling with the kids instead of watching TV,
Sounds tough? Does not, then let’s move on.
Color me beautiful
Choosing whole foods and cooking from scratch is a much healthier way to eat than buying pre-packaged or ready-meals which are high in fat and salt but very low in nutrients. To make sure you’re getting a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into your body every day – a quick rule of thumb is to pick a variety of colors for your meals. Be the artist of your meals and paint a color picture with a variety of yellow, red and green fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
Your body will wear a frown if your meal is all brown.
Start living healthy today
There is nothing more damaging to a long, healthy life than smoking and excess alcohol. The dangers of smoking tobacco are so significant that it is the most important public health problem in the world, which ironically, is largely avoidable.
Smoking & Alcohol not only cuts your lifespan by affecting your internal organs, but it also ages you much faster.
It takes courage to quit smoking and give up alcohol, as it’s not an easy journey – but it’s a brave and sensible choice. Some of the positive changes will happen quickly, while others will be more gradual, but all the changes will benefit your health and well-being.
You can save money and improve your health by drinking water throughout the day. The natural liquid offers the benefits of hydration, nourishment, and improved well-being. Water can cleanse toxins from the body, improve brain function, energize muscles, control weight gain, and balance body temperature and fluids. It’s recommended to drink about 8 glasses, or 64 ounces, of water per day.
Manage your mental health
When it comes to building a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to concentrate on the physical aspects of health and ignore mental upkeep. Your mental health is a foundation of your overall health. It’s important to manage and asses your feelings on a day-to-day basis. If you feel negative towards others, you could cause more unhappiness at work, school, or in your social life. Some ways you can improve your mental health include:
- Socialize with loved ones
- Join a club
- Sleep 7-9 hours every night
- Do something creative
If you continue to feel unhappy or even depressed, consult your physician or talk to a professional about ways you can improve your mental health. Get started on creating a mentally and emotionally healthy life
If you make these few & small changes in your life, the result you see will motivate you to aim higher. There are endless ways and means to worship your body, I definitely don’t mean obsess about it, but give your body what it deserves because it cares for you. Last but not least, smile and be happy with its free therapy!
Enjoy Life, Start Living Healthy Today!