What you do in your daily life determines how healthy you’re going to be in the coming years. While it is not possible to guarantee anyone a healthy life, it is true that following certain rules or sticking to a specific daily routine can improve your chances of living a healthy life.
Here are six things to include in your daily routine to keep illness away!
Working out makes you feel great, gives a lot of energy and keeps you active throughout the day. It also helps maintain a good body weight and shape and keeps you away from diseases. Even 150 minutes of exercise per week is a good goal to start with a minimum of 30 minutes per session. The intention is to up the heart rate to increase the circulation which can be done through brisk walking, running, sports, household work or gardening and yard work.
Kick-off your exercise plan
Something is better than nothing. If you don’t want to start off with any difficult mode of exercise, just walk a few miles. Increase the distance you walk every 2-3 days and build your stamina. Once the rhythm is set, there will be no looking back! Start with different other activities and sports once you are comfortable with walking and running.
Healthy food habits
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Research indicates having 3 different colored fruits and vegetables per day is the ideal way to a healthy body. Have whole grains and lentils for sufficient protein intake. Limit intake of red meat. Fats are a strict no-no, especially if you are above 30 and do little physical activity. Supplements that contain Vitamin B and Vitamin D are helpful for those who are vegetarian and do not have many options in the diet to compensate for these vitamins.
Eat a lot of salads, fresh fruits (instead of juice), brown rice, whole-wheat bread. Dairy products are good, but consume them during the daytime. No white items at night time. Choose olive or Canola oil which give the essential fatty acids. Avoid biscuits, chips, and foods which are deep-fried and contain high cholesterol or saturated fats. Folate is an important component for good health which you can get in multivitamin supplements.
Limit the exposure to the sun
It is good to have a sun-bath once in a while as the sun is a good source of Vitamin D, but too much exposure to bright and direct sunlight can lead to skin cancer or rashes including severe melanoma. Children are more susceptible to skin diseases. The sun rays between 10 am and 4 pm is especially harmful, so should be avoided.
If you can’t avoid going out, wear proper clothing to protect yourself like full-sleeve shirts, caps, and sunglasses. Prefer self-tanning creams over sunlamps or tanning booths. If you are a parent or grandparent, make sure kids are always protected and educate them on how shade is important and why they should put on sunscreen while going out. You can buy tinted sunscreen to see rashes or spots on a restless and uneasy child.
Have Some “Me” Time
You have to understand the importance of having quality “Me” time where no one would tell you what to do and how. Whether you want to to do yoga, read, stretch, write, pain, or anything else, just go ahead and include it in your routine. Just do what you love at least for a few hours a day to manage stress and improve the quality of your life.
Sleep well to say bye-bye to stress
Sleep well, at least for 8 hours every night. This is important to relax your body as well as the mind. One or two nights without sleep can be managed but not beyond that. If you don’t sleep properly, the next day you will be shouting and screaming at others for no reasons because of the mental stress. Other ways to manage stress are yoga and meditation, reading good books and practicing your hobbies.
The fact of the matter is that making correct changes to your daily life can help improve your overall health. Just keep in mind staying consistent is key, as no matter how healthy a particular routine is, it works only when it becomes a habit.
So, tweak your routine and be sure to follow it for long enough start seeing its health benefits.