Contrary to popular belief, achieving a healthy lifestyle is a lot simpler than it is made out to be. All you need is a basic foundation which includes a positive mindset, a healthy self-image, and good mental health to maintain a robust lifestyle. Incorporating these aspects into your life will make it easier to dedicate your time to self-healing and self-promoting activities. Here are a few steps to get you started!
Drinking enough water is one of the most important keys to good health. Our bodies require water to carry out necessary functions such as removing waste, perspiration, transporting oxygen and nutrients throughout our bodies, healthy bowl movements, and breathing among others. While the amount of water required for each person varies, two or three liters a day is recommended for an average adult.
Getting your body to move for at least 30 minutes a day can promote better health in the long run. The health benefits of exercising every day include decreasing the risk of disease, higher bone density, as well as an increased life span.
- Decrease intake of processed foods
Food that is processed has lost most of its nutritional value and contains added preservatives that are harmful for the body. Additionally, these foods contain a high concentration of salt which causes the risk of high blood pressure as well as heart disease. A general rule of thumb while purchasing processed foods is; the more ingredients there are on the label, the more processed the food is.
- Chew slowly
Take your time while eating all your meals. The brain is responsible for making us feel hungry and full. Eating slowly will allow adequate time for your brain to send the message to your stomach that you do not need more food. In this way, you avoid overeating and allow your body to digest your meals better.
One should neither starve nor binge themselves of food. It is important to be aware of how much you can take in and when you should stop. This is not just a weight regulation regime but to provide for optimal functioning of organs at the ideal calorie and mineral intake.
This chase for the ‘ideal lifestyle’ does not guarantee a ‘healthy and happy’ lifestyle. It’s not just about health; but mental health, work productivity and our social relationships as well. As the saying goes, ‘A healthy mind lives in a healthy body’. It is impossible to achieve a healthy lifestyle overnight. Being consistent and determined are important aspects of achieving your goals. Stay focused and you’re already halfway there!