Living a healthy life is important as it can not only extend your life span, but it can also improve the quality of your life. Feeling physically better and having control over your own life can also greatly increase your mental health. There are some aspects of physical and mental health that are beyond an individual’s control. However, there are many things that people can do to improve their quality of life and lead a satisfied life.
You can adopt many ways to improve the quality of your life. They may range from eating a healthy diet to following a routine of daily exercise and avoiding drugs and alcohol.
The information from this article will provide you with some basic guidelines for developing your own healthy living plan.
Taking a Healthy Diet
The first thing you need to do is to take a healthy diet. Everyone needs to eat right to stay healthy. It is not about losing weight, but eating the appropriate foods for your body. Drinking plenty of water, eating vegetables and fruits is one of the ways to correct your diet. Excess of red meat is harmful in the long run and may cause heart and other disorders. Thus, it is important that you include all kinds of food stuffs in your diet which make up a healthy portion.
Give your body the energy it needs from foods to stay strong and healthy. Eat proportional serving of breads or grains, vegetables, fruits or fruit juices, meats like fish, eggs or nuts and dairy products like yogurt, cheese or milk.
Try to cut down on fatty foods such as butter, grease or oil and ‘junk food’ and chips or candy.
Regular Physical Activity
Staying physically active on regular basis is equally necessary in order to stay healthy. Physical activity helps people:
- live longer and feel better throughout their lives
- become stronger and more flexible
- build strong bones and fight osteoporosis
- prevent depression
- strengthens your ability to fight off illness
- maintain a healthy body weight
It is best to get at least one half hour of exercise thrice a week, but any amount of exercise is better than none at all. Exercise may be in form of a brisk walk, working vigorously in the yard or riding your bike.
Keep Yourself away from Harmful Drugs and Alcohol
Drugs and alcohol can destroy a perfectly healthy and fit person. It is advised that you avoid drugs and limit alcohol intake to minimal. Even tobacco causes more health problems than any other drug and is the most addictive and widely used. Cutting down or stopping the use of cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco can save your health and money.
Too much alcohol is definitely dangerous causing liver damage, fetal alcohol syndrome and accidents. Other harmful drugs include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin or pain pills that are not prescribed for you.
A Healthy Mind is part of a Healthy Body
When you are in a good state of mind, you make better decisions for yourself, about your job, your lifestyle and your health. Thus, to have a healthy body, a healthy mind is very necessary.
Try to avoid too much stress and make time in your life for things that are relaxing. Make sure you take little time each day for doing something you enjoy. Get help if you feel depressed or anxious for more than several days at a time.
Also, get enough sleep. People who sleep less are bound to be less healthy as being sleepy reduces concentration, increases mood swings and causes accidents.
Making a change towards a healthy life is not easy nor is it possible in a matter of days. It may take weeks or even months. However, you can be sure that the outcome will be satisfactory.