It’s the little things that you do each day that add up to being healthy and fit. While we do what we can to be as health-conscious as we can, it is always a work in progress since there are many elements to a healthy lifestyle. Use these tips by Harsh Hospital’s doctors as a guide on your journey on the path to good health.
Kick Your Bad Habits
Habits in the “quit” category would be smoking, drugs, and other unhealthy addictions. Other habits include alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and junk food. These things in moderation or on a once-in-a-while basis are doable, as long as the majority of your choices are mindful and healthful.
Lack of sleep adversely affects metabolism; mood, concentration, memory, motor skills, stress hormones and even the immune system and cardiovascular health. Sleep allows the body to heal; repair, and rejuvenate itself in a way it simply cannot when a person is awake.
Cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the heart and lungs; strength training helps to strengthen the muscles and stretching helps to reduce the risk of injury by increasing flexibility. Exercise also improves circulation and body awareness, and regular exercise can help combat depression.
Get as many fresh fruits, vegetables,and whole grains into your diet as possible and make them the main part of your overall diet. Eat balanced meals and do not overeat. Avoid highly processed foods that contain artificial sweeteners or colors, hidden sugars or excessive fat.
Water is the most natural cleanser for our organs and digestive system. Being hydrated is crucial for the brain as well as for helping to flush toxins out through the skin (perspiration) and urine.
Exercise, meditation, being in nature, and enjoyable hobbies all release stress on the body. Don’t overwork. Take breaks and surround yourself with people who support you.