There are multiple things we can do to improve the quality of our life, and most of it is rooted in taking better care of our health. Its not a costly feat or a burdensome challenge, its the simple measures we take that makes the greatest impact. It’s important to note, that what constitutes a healthier lifestyle can mean different things to different people. After all, we each have a different foundation from which we are building. However, no matter your foundation, the end goal is generally the same, adapting a lifestyle that nurtures a happy, discomfort free and harmonious lifestyle.
This article will touch on each of these areas to provide you with four ways to live a healthier life.
What Does it Mean to Live a Healthier Life?
A healthy life is one that contributes to your overall health and well-being of a person but also extends to the society in which that person lives. The truth is if your friend, mother or siblings are unhealthy, how spiritually healthy can one be if this doesn’t bother them? Although diet and exercise play a role in your state of health, they are not the sole factors of your health. Multiple factors may constitute what it means to lead a healthy life including but not limited to our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health.
If you are not already invested in a regular exercise regimen, it’s time to create a ritual that will enable you to get active as soon as possible. Exercise offers you a wealth of advantages mentally and physically that can significantly improve your quality of life. Exercise is especially great for persons who feel unmotivated to go the extra mile, its a way of developing a habit which then become second nature and does not require effort to execute.
You should target a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity activity each week, but thats bare minimum an with the amount of sugar present in processed food, I’d certainly advise you to put in more. (WebMD).
Not a fan of spending time in the gym?
Neither am I, but don’t let that stop you, there are a million ways to work out without a gym, choose one. We have the pleasure of living in the islands, where beaches and sea, flat land and a hill (Crocus hill 🙂 surrounds us. You don’t have to look to hard to find something interesting to move those muscles. I don’t go to the gym because the sea offers me so much more, so i swim approx 1 Km per day, 5 days of the week. In addition I walk to the beach, which is down hill, which gives me no option but to walk up at the end of the swim. It wasn’t always like this so don’t look at it as a tall order to match. I’ve been swimming for 2 years consistently, i needed to prove to myself that i could remain committed to exercise which wasn’t regimented like a gym environment, while achieving muscle definition, growth and added strength.
After two years I can say that its possible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmpW204X-C0
Make it your mission this year to become better at managing your stress levels. Stress can prove harmful to your health if left unchecked for too long and can cause a variety of problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
The greatest cause of stress at this time is the constant bombardment of information relating to the corona virus and deaths resulting from it. The uncertainty of the situation with all the rumours being spread also adds to the stress levels of the avid listener. Stress is known to trigger feelings of anxiety and depression, leaving us vulnerable to mood swings or even self-harm. What’s more damaging about stress and uncertainty is that it drives a desire for comfort foods that impacting an already unhealthy environment with calories than can only mount up as we maintain in isolation.
There are dozens of actions you can take to manage your stress including but not limited to:
- Exercise: run walk jump!!
- Mindful Meditation: just chill and enjoy the peace of silence or of nature!!
- Learn to say ‘No’ and Set Limits: challenging but possible!!
- Get social support from family and friends: which is limited to video interaction at this time ( 17/5/20) because of corona virus
- Practice self-care: intermittent fasting, stretching, alkanizing the body with specific foods https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOd4Txa6gLw
- Make time for yourself
- Enjoy your favorite hobby, reading, music, travel, watching a movie, dancing, yoga etc
Take Care of Your Mental Health
It is only natural to minimize the importance of your mental health and wellness if you have never experienced an episode of mental illness. However, we should make mental wellness a priority as it impacts so many corners of our lives. Without it, we cannot function optimally at work, at home or be a reliable source for even ourselves. Tips for improving your mental health includes:
- Getting sleep
- Participating in a hobby
- Getting out and socializing with others
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Falling off the wagon of healthy eating is easy. Just remember to pick yourself up and dust your bottom off and get back on track. The food you eat can play a significant role in your health and how you feel. Your diet should contain foods that provide your body with the best blend of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber.
Watch your soda, alcohol and sugar intake as these things can be a bit toxic to the body. At this time, when the world is in isolation, it is tempting to ingest more of these high sugar beverages as sugar is a comfort food. We therefore need to take extra measures to ensure we keep this within safe limits. Boost your intake of water, ensuring that your body is always well-hydrated. One of the best practices that I’ve employed to make my life a healthy one, is drinking 32 oz of water upon waking up each day. I find this does well to rehydrate my body after a 6 – 8 hrs sleep. It plays a major role in the elimination of waste from the body.
These are just four ways to live a healthier life. Your path to health and wellness may look a bit different than those around you, but it does not make the journey any less vital. Remember to practice self-care, avoiding those things and people who may try to compel you to sacrifice your personal health ritual.