If we were to ask any group of individuals, “Who wants to live the rest of their life full of vigor and free of any illness or diseases?”
The answer would be unanimously, Yes.
But how many of us are living a lifestyle that can be considered “healthy” in literal terms?
According to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, less than 5% of the general population is considered to be living a healthy lifestyle.
And there is absolutely nothing new about this, as we are intuitively aware of this as a fact.
Thanks to the monotony and routine of modern lifestyle, most people resort to bad eating habits and then look for quick fixes to solve the very problems created by them.
Luckily the reality of achieving the prime of health is not an illusion anymore and it can be easily fixed by making few changes to your existing lifestyle.
Start by making these nine small and painless choices, if you want to live your life at its full potential.
1. Ensure that You are Eating a Variety of Foods
You should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Keep in mind, the colourful vegetables and fruits are always the ones that provide you with more amount of nutrients.
Try bright oranges, fiery reds, peaceful whites, gorgeous blues, soothing greens and much more!
Ensure that you are eating at least two colours each day.
Experiment with methods of preparing a snack or a meal.
For example, you can roast the squashes, make a spinach smoothie, warm up apples and sprinkle cinnamon over it.
2. Watch the Size of Your Portions
You should be mindful of the amount of portion that you want to eat.
Unfortunately, the adults are surprisingly the ones, who do not care about how much they are eating.
The volume of food consumed by an average adult has increased.
This is the main cause of obesity. Obesity is the cause of various chronic diseases as well.
Keep a check on the amount of food that you are consuming.
Make sure that you are using smaller plates, and make it a habit to eat vegetables on a daily basis.
You can also split the entrees when you are dining out in a restaurant.
3. Adopt a Healthy Diet
Rather than blindly following a diet that has worked for someone else, I encourage you to follow a diet that is unique to your body type and habits.
Try to include an optimum ratio of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in your diet.
About half the calories should ideally come from Carbohydrates that are present in abundance in cereals, rice, pasta, bread and potatoes.
Also its a good practice to replace saturated with unsaturated fats.
Saturated fats are often found in foods coming from animal origin and you should always have a look at all the listed ingredients before buying.
3. Stay Active
If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, the first and most important thing that you should do is, stop living the sedentary lifestyle.
You should keep your body as active as you can.
Your body is similar to a machine. If it is not used for a long time, it stops working.
The bones and muscles of the human body also function in a similar manner.
If you complete your morning workout, walk after you have eaten your lunch, or go swimming, you can keep yourself healthy.
It hardly matters as to what method you are using to stay active.
Just stay active!
4. Go for Healthcare Screenings
Occasionally, you should visit your doctor and get a thorough check-up done.
Get your blood tested if necessary.
You should have a sound knowledge of your personal health.
Going for check-ups can help in detecting any underlying conditions and risk factors.
It further helps in implementing the strategies for projected care.
Also, if you are feeling sick or uneasy, visit the doctor as soon as possible, instead of sitting and waiting for the illness to subside on its own.
5. Sleep Well
You should sleep at least eight hours daily to keep your health in check.
Sleep helps in keeping your mind calm, provides energy for the rest of the day, and also keeps your appetite in control.
You should formulate bedtime routines in order to facilitate the patterns of sleep.
A quality sleep each night also protects you from a number of unwanted diseases.
A good night’s rest also calms down your nervous system, which is necessary for a better health in the future.
6. Manage Stress
You cannot deny that you do not stress over little things in life.
It is true that stress accompanies you almost everywhere.
Nevertheless, stressing too much about unimportant things can lead to both mental and physical concerns.
Try to manage stress in a healthy manner instead of seeking help in alcohol and overeating.
If you want to control your emotions, try doing exercise, yoga or meditation.
They are known to work wonders!
7. Maintain Healthy Relationships
It is almost impossible to survive without a friend or a companion.
You need someone with whom you can talk and share your deepest and darkest secrets.
Even a medical study published by Harvard, says that strengthening relationships can lead to longer and happier life.
In order to nurture your close connections, call up your friends or plan a grand dinner along with your relatives.
Make use of your work breaks to connect with your colleagues on a personal level.
These associations will keep your mood light and your mind stress-free.
9. Laugh a Lot
Laughter is the best medicine, and you have heard this everywhere.
Laughter helps in boosting your immune system, promotes a healthy heart, eases chronic pains, burns the unwanted calories, and supports your mental development.
In short, laughter helps in improving the quality of your life.
Watch funny videos, smile more and remain positive!
Aren’t these nine habits simple to cultivate?
Yes, they are!
The only thing that you have to do is, make an effort to inculcate these in your daily life.
Only then, you will be able to see and feel the difference in your life.
Live a healthy life now, and feel the difference in the future!