Change is never easy. And it isn’t even about the magnitude of change – it’s just never easy. Starting from something as monumental as moving to a different country to something as miniscule and apparently insignificant as getting a haircut, change is always hard.
However, no matter how incredibly hard, change is essential. Now, no one is asking you to go bald or do something as radical. It is the small things in life that make a big difference.
Trying to eat better? Want to lose a few pounds? Start small. All you need is a guide to walk you through the simple lifestyle changes that might lead you to live a healthier life.
- Expose yourself to sunlight
Sun breeds life. So, what better way to make a lifestyle change than by basking in the glory of the source of life itself? Several varieties of diseases can be fought and defeated with the help of the Vitamin D that sunlight provides you with. The risk of heart disease and cancer, among other things has proven to have gone down due to exposure to Vitamin D. Of course, spending too long out in the sun can be harmful too what with heat strokes and skin burns. Be careful but try to soak up as much sunlight as you can for good health.
- Tone down the alcohol intake
Although one might argue that alcohol is after all a fluid, it is actually a fact that alcohol consumption in excess leaves you dehydrated. And we all know that a dehydrated body is an imbalanced body. Furthermore, excessive alcohol may damage your liver and kidney resulting in a large number of diseases. And perhaps it is needless to say how excessive alcohol consumption often leads to unacceptable social behaviour. A healthy societal image is crucial to a good lifestyle. You really wouldn’t wanna damage that now, would you?
- Be your own friend
Yes, our lives are busy. Yes, our lives are hectic. However hard, it is of utmost importance to nurture yourself. Do things you enjoy doing, spend time alone and get to know yourself, pamper yourself, indulge yourself. For a healthy life, it is imperative that you are happy and positive and full of love. Do whatever you have to-take a walk, go for a swim, go for a spa, cook your favourite meal or just read a book. Love yourself!
I don’t mean to impose on you more responsibilities than you already have. But cooking at home does have a number of advantages. When you cook at home, you use fresh ingredients, clean water and healthy products. Anything that is prepared at home is a lot, lot cleaner, fresher, healthier and more hygienic than store-bought meals. All the oil and cream that the restaurants drown their food in has practically no nutrient value. Eat healthy as it is absolutely indispensible for a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, cooking can act as a stress buster in many cases. After a long day at work, coming home and cooking a light and healthy meal with your partner while sipping some wine might just be more relaxing than you can imagine.
- Drink loads of water
Sodas and alcohol might be tastier and much more appealing than water. But you gotta give your body what it needs. And what your body needs is 4 litres of water every single day. Water is a pretty cool all rounder. It keeps you hydrated, helps in digestion, weight loss, regulation of body temperature, ensures healthy skin, keeps your body active and so, so much more. Boost your daily water intake and you will notice monumental improvements in your health.
- Stretch Daily
Stretching your muscles everyday makes a big difference. Exercise is what keeps you proactive and positive. Mostly, people these days have jobs that require them to stay glued to their desks all day. Your muscles cramp up and become sore for the same reason. Therefore, stretching is a simple and foolproof solution to this problem.
- Know your food
It is important for you to understand your food. You should know what your body needs. Does it need natural produce or cooked protein? Fruits and vegetables are a powerful source of proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates as well as iron. They are fresh and light and super healthy. Knowing how to cook your food is also important. If you overcook your vegetables, their nutritional value diminishes. Make sure you give your body a vast variety of fruits and vegetables so that it can make use of all the nutrients it needs for efficient functioning.
- Eat at the right time
Knowing your food is important as much as knowing the correct time for your food intake. You simply can’t mess up the hours as that makes for a terribly disorganised and confusing wreck that your body cannot comprehend. Let’s get into the perfect timings of each big meal:
- Breakfast – 7:00-8:00 am
- Lunch – 12:30-2:00 pm
- Dinner – 7:00-9:00 pm
It is essential to follow these timings in order to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Also, do not rush to bed immediately after dinner. Also, do not rush to bed immediately after dinner. You need to give your body some time to semi-digest your dinner, say 2-3 hours.
- Sleep tight
How many of us find ourselves up at 2:30 am trying to complete our History assignment? Or at 3, glaring at the computer screen, struggling hard to meet that deadline? All! But that’s the thing with sleep – the quality matters as much as the quantity. If you want to adopt a healthy way of living, it is imperative that you get a minimum of 6 hours of heavy and deep sleep. Your body needs the sleep to repair, rejuvenate and replenish. So, sleep tight and sleep well.
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
We all have the habit of just rushing out the door in the morning with just an apple in the hand. After all, being late for work is unacceptable. But what’s more unacceptable is skipping breakfast. The most important meal of the day is definitely breakfast. It should be the heartiest, healthiest and biggest meal you should have in a day. So, running out with only an apple is like sabotaging your own life. Breakfast helps you kick start your day with energy and enthusiasm and helps you fight your battles all through the day. So, do not skip it at any cost!
There you go! 10 ways to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Being unhealthy and careless toward yourself is easy. It is bringing a change and becoming a stronger and healthier person that takes time and effort. Nothing comes easy. Not even a healthy life.
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