One of the main factors that cause an unhealthy lifestyle is unhealthy foods. Such foods also increase the risk of acquiring heart diseases. Avoid food that is full of unhealthy fat: trans and saturated fat-these will cause one’s cholesterol level to rise and thus increasing the risk of getting cardiac diseases. Sweets, junk food, soft drinks, sugary juices should be taken minimally. It is advisable to increase white meat such as fish, vegetables, fresh fruits and fresh juices in one’s diet. Make a habit of eating whole foods instead of processed ones. Eating healthy is the first step to living healthy.
Healthy living would not be successful without any physical activity. Most people nowadays have no intention of exercising-thinking that it is not worth the time. But exercising to achieve a healthier life does not need to be a full-scale work out. Even small activities such as taking a stroll or walking one’s pet, biking to a nearby destination, doing daily chores such as cleaning the house, gardening and/or mowing the lawn and can make a difference. However, for best results, it is advisable to go to the gym two to three times a week or exercise at least thirty minutes daily.
At least once or twice a week, keep away from technology. Being online keeps people from moving; and sedentariness can be very unhealthy. Instead of playing video games or chatting with people on Facebook, do something fun and active with one’s family or friends. Go outdoors, play ball games, have a backyard barbeque cook out, play catch, go to the spa, take a swim-anything that will be enjoyable and does not involve the use of modern technology. This will not only keep one moving and active, but it will also help one improve his/her social skills. Socializing and enjoying the company of others will improve one’s self-confidence and personality per se. Remember, living healthy does not only include a fit body, but also a sound mind.
From the word itself, “lifestyle” means way of life; routine. Living healthy does not stop at eating healthy, working out and socializing-but one must also have healthier habits and/or hobbies as well. It is advisable to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking-if one is unable to rid oneself of the habit completely. Make it a habit to get enough sleep. It is the body’s way to re-charge itself-just like how a battery does. Practice positive thinking and avoid being anxious.