Happy World Health Day; Here's 25 Ways To Live a Healthy Lifestyle!
So, It's World Health Day; a Global Health Awareness Day celebrated every year on April 7th, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations.
How healthy are you? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Our body is our temple and we need to take care of it. Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Don’t take your health for granted. Take proper care of your body. Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise — it’s also about having a positive attitude, a positive self-image, and a healthy lifestyle.
- Drink More Water. Most of us don’t drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our bodies to function. Water is needed to carry out body functions, remove waste, and carry nutrients and oxygen around our body. Since we lose water daily through urine, bowel movements, perspiration, and breathing, we need to replenish our water intake.
- Get Enough Sleep. At least 8 hours of sleep is ESSENTIAL for your health. We don't fully understand the importance of sleep. What we do know is that sleep is a building process. And we think it restores the body’s energy supplies that have been depleted through the day’s activities.Sleep is also the time when the body does most of its repair work; muscle tissue is rebuilt and restored. We know, for example, that growth hormone is secreted during sleep. This hormone is important for growth in children, but is also important throughout adulthood in rebuilding tissue.
- Meditate. Meditation quiets your mind and calms your soul. If you don’t know how to meditate, download a few meditation apps or watch a few "Meditation for Beginners' videos on YouTube and you'll be good to go.
- Exercise. Exercise can help keep your body at a healthy weight. It also helps people lose weight and lower the risk of some diseases. Exercising regularly decreases a person's risk of developing certain diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
- Eat Fruits AND Vegetables. Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been linked to improved health, and for good reason. Veggies and fruits (both fresh and frozen) are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, which have been shown to protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. They are also low in calories, making them a great choice for your waistline.
- Love YOURSELF.When people love and respect themselves they tend to make better food and lifestyle choices, promoting physical health. Plus, loving yourself will help you view yourself in a more positive light, promoting emotional and mental health.
- Purge negativity & negative people out of yourself & your Life. Positive mental health is part of a healthy life. You don’t need toxic people in your life. If you feel that a friend is overly critical or negative, let him/her go. If you’re dealing with backstabbers, let them go too.
- Breathe! Deeply! Oxygen is vital for life. You may know how to breathe, but are you breathing properly? Most of us don’t breathe properly — we take shallow breaths and breathe to 1/3 of our lung capacity. Athletes are coached proper breathing techniques to get their best performance. A full breath is one where your lungs are completely filled, your abdomen expands, and there’s minimum movement in your shoulders.
- Improve your posture. Good posture improves your breathing and makes you look smarter and more attractive.
- Eat small meals. Choose several small meals over huge meals. This evens out your energy distribution. It’s also better for your stomach because it doesn’t over-stretch from digesting a huge volume of food at one go, which can lead to a hiatus hernia. In general, eat when you feel hungry, and stop when you’re full (see tip #24). You don’t need to wait until official meal times before you start eating. Listen to your body and what it tells you.
- Live a life of purpose. Positive health starts from within! Are you living a life of meaning? Are you living in line with your purpose? Since I started living my purpose, I’ve never been happier. And you can experience that too.
- Cut down on sugary food/drinks.
- Sugary food. These are your candy bars, pastries, chocolate, cookies, cakes, and jelly donuts. Not only do they not fill you, but they trigger you to eat more due to the sugar rush. Eating once in a while is okay, but not daily. Go for healthy snacks instead.
- Soda and sugary drinks. Soda is unhealthy, causes weight gain, and is an artificial stimulant. Go for plain water, green tea, or vegetable juices instead!
- Don’t Drink Alcohol. Like caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic. Not only that, but alcohol is repeatedly proven to have negative effects on your health and body - 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, reduce your consumption.
- Go Organic. Organic foods are foods produced without synthetic inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The organic movement is slowly catching on, with more supermarkets offering organic options. Organic food tends to cost more, but hey — would you rather save some money and feed your body with pesticides or pay a few extra dollars for a cleaner, healthier body?
- Prepare Your Meals. Whenever I can, I try to prepare my meals. When you prepare your meals, you control what goes into them, rather than choosing between sub-optimal choices in a restaurant. Get quality kitchen equipment — it will be your best investment ever. Having a blender makes it a breeze to make your fruit/vegetable juices! Having a small oven makes baking and heating food so easy.
- Learn to Say No. Don’t eat just because you’re out with friends or because other people offer you food. Simply say no and say you’re not hungry if you don’t feel like eating.
- Eat What You Need. It is better to eat less and in line with your energy needs, rather than eat excessively and work off excess calorie intake through exercise. When you eat excessively, you strain your digestive system by making it digest more food than you need, and when you exercise excessively, you strain your body.
- Stop Smoking. Smoking is detrimental to your health, severely increases the risk of lung cancer, kidney cancer, esophageal cancer (of our gullet), heart attack, and more. Smoking “lite” cigarettes do not decrease health risks either. If you’re a smoker, quit not just for yourself, but for your family and friends. If you don’t smoke, stay that way and don’t start.
- Avoid passive smoking. Second-hand smoking (breathing in air from smokers) causes many of the same long-term diseases as direct smoking. Did you know there is no risk-free level of passive smoking; even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Get away from smokers and avoid cigarette smoke where you can.
- Have healthy snacks. If you’re hungry at work, eat healthy snacks like fruits, vegetable juices, and yogurts. These are nutritional and don’t give you that sugar rush. Have them readily available so that you can get a munch and stop when you have your fill. Stay away from cookies and candy bars.
- Juice/Blend. Juicing/Blending is a great way to get vitamins and nutrients from fruits/vegetables quickly. Juicing is where you extract the juice using a juicing machine, removing the fiber. With blending, the fiber is not filtered away so you’re drinking the juice and fiber.
- Go For Checkups. Many diseases don’t show up in terms of symptoms until it is too late. Blood tests for blood sugar, vitamins, and minerals, along with urine tests are standard tests you can take. More elaborate tests like mammograms (for women), PAP smear (for women), colonoscopy, etc. should be done at the recommended intervals. If the test results are not optimal, it means that you can quickly take corrective action. If they are great, that’s fantastic and you can have a peace of mind.
- Vitamins/Minerals. Even when we eat healthily, there will be times when we lack certain vitamins/minerals. For example, foods with certain vitamins/minerals may be uncommon in your diet. Even though a vegan diet has health benefits, it lacks essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamin B12 and Omega 3 (EPA/DHA). This can be resolved by taking supplements. Understand the gaps and address them via your diet. If not possible, take supplements to address these gaps.
- Get Out More Often. If you have a 9-5, chances are you spend much of your time holed up in the office and not a lot of time going out and having fun. During weekends, you’re probably busy with work or running errands. Make a point to go out with your friends at least once a week. Get some sun. Go out and have a change of environment. It’ll be great for your body and soul.
- Join Classes. Dance classes, aerobics classes, tennis classes, ballroom dancing, scuba diving, and wakeboarding courses are all places to start. Going there also lets you socialize with a new group of people.
- Hang Out With Healthy People. You’re the average of the 5 people you spen the most time with, so the more time you spend around healthy people, the better it is. Dine with people who are health conscious and get workout buddies. It makes healthy living more fun!
& There you have it Babes.. 25 Ways to live a healthy lifestyle!
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