There is no better gift you can give yourself than living a healthy lifestyle, Health they say is Wealth. In this hectic paced world that we live in, it is so easy to neglect your health through so much involvement in other life activities, work, family, social engagements takes lots of our time that the last thing on the list definitely will be health and wellness. At every point in time, it’s necessary to pause, access, and take a good and realistic assessment concerning your state of health and make considerable changes where necessary. A healthy lifestyle will affect your life positively both physically and mentally. By taking care of your health, you could live, a long and healthy life.
The following are easy and practical steps to stay healthy and live longer:
Go for a routine check-up: There is no better and practical way to start living a healthy lifestyle than first getting a full and true assessment of your current state of health. Most people wait until they are in their mid age or going true a serious health crisis before going for a checkup. For some those workout, but for others, it might end up being too late. It is better to have regular checkup so health issues arising could be quickly nipped in the bud. If you notice any anomalies, consult your physician immediately don’t wait it out, doing so might end up fatal. Early, detection is crucial in healthcare and routine check-up is key to this.
Drink Enough Water: Water is life. It is essentially necessary to drink at least 8 cups of water daily. This helps to flush out toxins and free radicals build up in the body. Free radicals cause various ailments and are also linked to cancer cells formation. It is a known fact that 60% of the human body mass is made up of water, and every day we lose a lot of water through perspiration, urine, and bowel movement been properly hydrated is important. Optimal hydration can be attained by consuming enough water. Drinking water helps your body fluid maintain its balance, this is necessary for good digestive health, the creation of saliva and maintaining body temperature. Dehydration has been known to trigger headaches and migraines in some individuals, being properly hydrated will prevent this from occurring. It is an absolute most to replenish your body daily by consuming enough beverage and water. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that Men should drink at least 13 cups of water daily and Women 9 cups daily.
There are lots of health benefits to drinking adequate water daily:
- flush out toxins
- improve your complexion
- Restore lost energy
- Regulates the body temperature
- Help prevent headaches and migraines
- Prevent and relieve constipation
- Prevent Backaches
Exercise: Exercise is one of the most effective ways of maintaining optimal health. It is also one proven way for keeping fit and in shape. As we age our bodily function starts to decline, so it is essential to stay active or else the aging process will be put in fast mode. Involving yourself in some form of physical activities at least 3 times in a week is good for your health. You don’t necessarily have to join a gym(you could if you want to), if you’re scared of the gym, the weightlifting and other kinds of stuff or you just simply don’t have the time for going to the gym regularly, there are many easy, and fun workouts that could be so beneficial for the body and time flexible. Walking, jogging, running, dancing, skipping rope, are some easy ways to introduce physical activities into your life and keep fit. Make sure to include cardiovascular workouts in your daily exercise. Aerobics is a great way to work the heart easily.
Healthy Diets: Balanced diets play a crucial role in your overall health. Eating healthy is important in attaining optimal health. Be sure to include all the major food groups in your diets, grains, fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat. Individuals that eat food that is high in Fiber, Fruits and Vegetable has been known to be more healthy and have a long lifespan. Introduce at least 30g of Fiber daily into your diets this will help reduce the risk of some diseases like Heart disease. When Eating for a healthier lifestyle, it is important to choose the right grain, fruits, vegetable that goes with your taste bud and one that you can keep eating for a long time. It is very easy to become bored when following a healthy diet, try different grains, fruits, and vegetable combination to keep your meal nutritious and interesting always.
Meditation: Meditation is an excellent way to relax and relieve stress. Taking out 10 minutes daily to meditate can lead to a calm and peaceful mind and this will have a positive effect on your overall health. The American Heart Association in its report concludes that Meditation is an integral part of a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle. Meditation has the potential of reducing the risk of some heart-related diseases. Including meditation in your daily living will lead to improving sleep quality, less stress, lower blood pressure, alleviate anxiety and depression.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not rock science and might be easier than you think. Making small lifestyle changes here and there will lead to a better quality of life. Eat balanced diets, Drink enough water daily, Be active, and take time to meditate, this small changes if followed diligently will lead to a more healthy lifestyle and optimal health.