In today’s fast paced world, Health and Wellness has taken a backseat. People have become so attuned to running around their daily chores like Robots. Competition at every walk of life, pollution, bad eating habits etc. add up to mental as well as physical illnesses amongst all age groups. Even kids today, suffer from obesity and high cholesterol due to increase in junk food and lack of physical activity.
Here are some of the ways to achieve a Healthier and Better you:-
- Water: – Begin your day with water (warm/hot optional). This is the best way to kick start the day. Adequate amount of water intake maintains body temperature; it provides cushioning to the tissues and joints. As there is a loss of water naturally in our body due to bowel movements, urinating, sweating, an adult on an average should drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. Water with lemon juice and Green tea are said to aid in weight loss as well along with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
- Weigh Yourself: – Keeping a check on your weight leads to better and disciplined weight management. You should always weigh yourself first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and the process should be repeated the same time either every alternate day or weekly for correct readings.
- Breakfast: – “Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch likea Prince, and Dinner like a Pauper”, as the saying goes Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you start the day right, you tend to eat better overall. Idli with sambhar, Dosa with yummy coconut chutney or tasty poha with roasted peanuts and veggies! Now that’s the kind of delicious breakfast that we like to have in India!
- Walk: – The simplest and cost effective exercise for every ailment and health problem, WALK. It can range from a 20 minute outdoor walk to an hour of walking on a treadmill. Walking can do wonders to the immune system and helps you in getting rid of a number a diseases and pains. For weight loss, an hour of Walk everyday is recommended. For those, who cannot remove a dedicated time to walk, taking a break during your lunch hour to pace in the area itself or walking to get your groceries or other errands is also good.
- Consume Fresh and Whole fruits and foods: – Benefits of consuming fresh Fruits and Vegetables are too many as compared to the tinned and canned ones readily available in the market. Juices also should be avoided as much as possible and the whole fruit/vegetable should be instead preferred. During all meals it’s better to fill our plates with fruits and vegetables. Vegetables contain Potassium, Folate, Vitamins A & C which keeps us healthy, forms red blood cells and helps fight infections. Fruits contain fiber which helps in protecting against strokes and heart diseases and also lowers cholesterol. Cure from Acidity is available in every home in the form of Banana, Lemon, Mint Leaves, Basil leaves etc.
- Sleep: – A solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep is a marker of good heart health. Good quality sleep marks an improved overall performance along with good stamina and combats fatigue as well. Grades of Children who sleep well are better than the ones who get interrupted sleep or less hours of sleep. Sleep also aids in weight loss. Depression, heart diseases, stress etc can be cured and curbed by qualitative sleep.
- Healthy Habits: – Along with healthy food and sleep, people who tend to live by strict habits/routines i.e. Eating the same kind of diet and doing the same kinds of activities their whole lives tend to be more physically and mentally fit than their counterparts who follow an ill lifestyle. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day keeps your body in steady equilibrium. Our physiology becomes frailer when we get older; this weakens the immune defenses, leaving us more susceptible to circulating flu viruses or bacterial infections.
- Taking up a Hobby/Activity: – Doing something you love boosts your immunity and releases feel good hormones. Be it reading, painting, writing, sketching, volunteering etc, anything that we have a flair for and makes us feel good about ourselves and hones our talent and potential.
- Switch off the Television/Social Media: – Switching off from social media and apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter etc helps in rekindling us back with nature. Excessive use of technology disconnects us from our present surrounding and people. Children especially have got so addictive to the i-pads/cell phones/TV that they refuse to go out and take part in outdoor activities. Even in Adults, restlessness, lethargy, insomnia, acidity etc are some of the ill effects due to continuous sitting in one place glued to screens of electronic gadgets.
- Reduce Salt and Saturated/Transfats: – Salt and saturated or trans fats are freely available in processed or prepared foods served in hotels or in packets. They increase risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acidity etc which increase risk for heart disease and stroke. Cooking your own healthy meals instead of eating out or eating prepared foods is ideally the best solution for the same.
- Cut down Smoking and Drinking: – Smoking is one of the leading causes of death. Heavy drinking is one of the worst risk factors for many diseases. A glass of red wine is a good thing, but anything in excess leads to addiction and it increases your risk of disease.
Healthy living isn’t impossible, or even difficult. It’s just a Habit/commitment which we need to gift ourselves for a long, fit and blessed life. They are preventative measures taken in order to avoid the offset of some major illness or worry. Mental as well as physical, both should be considered for a Healthy persona. Little things we do go in a long way to nurture and nourish us.
Article reference taken from Timesofindia.