We all want to lead a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, the fast-paced modern world that we live in prevents us from doing so.
You sleep late at night because of the pile of work and house chores that you need to do. The next morning, you wake up late, and you have to rush to get ready for work. Because of that, you do not have enough time to prepare a decent breakfast, so you grab a hotdog sandwich from a stand on the way to work.
At lunch, you only have 30 minutes, so your only choice is to go out for a burger. After long hours at work, you are too tired to cook (that means you do not have time to work out or meditate too) so you order Chinese takeout instead.
You see, greasy food, stressful days, lack of sleep, and sedentary lifestyle—all of these are the reasons why we suffer from diabetes, high blood cholesterol levels, heart diseases, and many others.
If you wish to live a longer life, then you need to do a complete turnaround and try to switch to a healthier lifestyle. Many people are intimidated by this thought merely because they think that they need to change a thousand things just to get it right. But the truth is, you only need to change three crucial things.
What are these? Here are some of the three vital tips for a healthier lifestyle:
1. Maintain a well-balanced diet.
Have you heard of the saying—you are what you eat? If that is the case, then you should start eating healthy foods if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, right?
Because of all the diet fads that we have today, the majority of us think that a well-balanced diet should be restrictive or limiting. The truth is, that is not what a healthy diet is all about.
A balanced diet is when you get the majority of your daily caloric intake from healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and lean proteins. Moreover, maintaining a healthy diet also means that you should limit your consumption of healthy calories or the calories you get from greasy food and sugary food items such as ice cream, energy drinks, sports drinks, sodas, bacon, sausages, burgers, burgers, pizzas and many more.
Aside from the source of your caloric intake, you should also pay attention to the number of calories you consume. It is vital that you follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines on calorie consumption.
Last but not least, it is also essential that you keep your body hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water daily.
2. Prioritize exercise.
A lot of medical experts emphasize the importance of exercise. In fact, they can’t stress it more enough. Sadly though, people only take the time to work out when they are already not feeling well or when their weight has gone over the top.
For your information, exercise is not just for losing weight. According to studies, exercising regularly has a lot of health benefits. It can help tone up your muscles, make you feel happier, and prevent the onset of a wide array of lifestyle diseases.
With that in mind, what is the best type of exercise for you? Since you are just starting out, then you may want to do low-intensity exercises first.
These exercises are easy to master and are the best options when it comes to protecting your heart. For the first few months, aim to perform these exercises for 30 minutes a day. After the first few months, you can incorporate both aerobic and resistance training workouts.
3. Minimize stress.
It is our mental health that takes its toll with our busy nights, long work hours, and stressful environment. Sadly though, not many of us place great importance on our mental health, but it is about time that we do.
One way to do that is to practice stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. Moreover, it is also important that you get enough rest and sleep. Last but not the least, you should take time off to smell the flowers or socialize with other people.
If you are new to meditation, watch this video:
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not as difficult as we think, despite the stressful and hectic life that we are leading. If you want to live longer and better, you have to be dedicated and disciplined enough to adhere to a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. Moreover, you should also invest some time in taking care of your mental health.