Every person’s opinion can be different when it comes to describing a healthy lifestyle as everyone is unique with different needs. Wellness involves both choice and action. The choice you make and the actions you take can lead to a healthier life. By adopting these healthy living guidelines you can keep yourself on track to achieve and live a healthy life.
Balance your diet
A nutritious diet includes adhering to a high intake of fruits, vegetables and a low consumption of meat. Lean cuts of meat, low-fat dairy products, healthy fats and fibre can help you control your weight and blood pressure and lower your cholesterol levels. Limit your intake of salt and sugar. The consumption of water is very important in your diet and the experts say that you should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Participate in regular physical exercise
Regular physical activity enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. Regular exercise boosts the immune system, help prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity and mental health problems such as depression. Aim for at least 20-45 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week.
Select a physical activity that is suitable for yourself and something that you can enjoy several times per week for example: running, walking, swimming, yoga, Pilates, tennis or other sporting activities. Exercise levels will depend on your physical condition. Some medical conditions require a doctor’s consent first before you start exercising.
Maintain healthy body weight
The key to successful weight loss is a commitment in making permanent adjustments to your diet and exercise program as well as your lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle involves maintaining a healthy weight or a body mass index below 30. A method of estimating the ideal body weight is by applying the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation.
Get enough sleep
A good night’s rest help keep your mind and body healthy. Getting enough sleep can have many benefits such as: recharge immune system, boost brainpower, give more energy for the next day and lift the mood. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
Take care of yourself
With all the demands of life there is limited time and energy available to take care of yourself. You may find yourself neglecting your own personal needs. Take care of your skin, hair, teeth and feet. Also make some time each day to spend on your own.
You need to monitor your health and go for regular medical checkups after the age of 50. The regular management of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar is important.
Stressors are the events or situations that cause stress. Being unprepared for a situation could make a person develop stress. Situations which are recognized to be very stressful are associated with change, and with lack of control over what is happening. It is important that you can learn to identify your own responses to stress and develop the ability to deal with it accordingly.
The use of tobacco products increase the risk of heart disease, respiratory infections, asthma and lung cancer. It also reduces the length and quality of your life and effect the people around you.
Limit alcohol use
Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure, harm the liver, brain and heart. It is recommended that healthy adults who drink alcohol should limit their daily intake to two or fewer servings per day.
Slowdown from your hectic lifestyle and enjoy life. Take time to enjoy whatever you are doing, spend time outdoors to appreciate nature, disconnect from your laptop and iPhone, spend time with friends and family, drive slower and stop multitasking by focusing on one thing at a time.
You don’t have to make all these changes at once! Achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an ongoing process!