With today’s rushed and busy lifestyle, you often forget to devote enough time to things that are important. You are always rushing from one place to another, always checking your phone for something new – and in the process, neglecting things that matter.
One most commonly neglected aspect of your life is your health. A sound mind and body are the basis of your entire functioning but somehow, one of the most important things in life is what you most commonly ignore.
Oh yes, there are all the excuses in the world. It’s too late now, you are too old, too busy, you don’t have access to facilities, it’s too much work etc. And for some part, you might have genuine reason.
See, all those health books and experts have probably led you to believe that taking care of your body and being healthy is an arduous task that involves spending hours at the gym and eating only boiled vegetables. But that is not true.
You can opt for a healthier lifestyle by just making small changes in your daily routine. You don’t have to go full on vegan; you can still eat your meat. The process of being healthy is not something that will turn your lifestyle upside down; it is small changes that can make a significant difference in your life.
How to do that? Well, read on to find out.
- Be Active and Exercise
A lot of your problems can be solved if you just get up and exercise. You have probably heard this a million times but that’s only because it’s true.
Exercise improves your physical health by making the body more active and flexible. It improves blood circulation, reduces risk of heart diseases and ensures you have a better life in your old age.
You don’t have to spend hours at the gym. Start with a 30 minute brisk walk or jogging thrice a week. Eventually, increase it to 5 days a week. That’s all the time you have to devote – 30 minutes for 5 days a week.
- Take Time to Meditate
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean a physically fit body; it also means a sound mind. Your everyday lifestyle means your brain is constantly working.
This constant buzzing of your brain makes you inefficient – both physically and mentally. You need to spend some time in silence and meditate.
Meditation helps calm down your mind from the over worked state throughout the day. It enables you to think clearly and help manage your emotions such as anger or sadness.
Take 15 minutes from your daily routine and spend it in silence without any distractions or noise. Do it every day. You can eventually increase the time to 25 – 30 minutes if you want.
- Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleeping allows your mind to recalibrate and make space for new things that you will learn the following day. It also enables your body to rest completely and get rid of any fatigue or tiredness of the previous day.
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your mental and physical well being. It improves brain functions, enhances learning power, repairs blood vessels and helps boost the immune system.
On an average, you should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Teenagers and highly active adults should get 10 hours of sleep. It is also a good idea to catch a half an hour siesta in the afternoon that provides you with a jolt of energy.
- Limit your Intake of Alcohol
When it comes to alcohol, moderation is the key. Drinking alcohol in moderate amounts can be beneficial for your heart, although not completely risk free.
Drinking large quantities of alcohol can harm the liver and cause liver related problems like cancer or cirrhosis.
But you don’t have to cut out alcohol completely. In fact, a glass of wine with dinner is actually touted to be good for your health.
World Cancer Research Fund advises 2 units a day for men and 1 unit a day for women. This is because women are more prone to liver disease than men. Continue reading “How To Improve Your Health”