You must have asked at least once, “How to develop healthy habits?” or “How to maintain a healthy lifestyle?” Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and coping with the bullet-fast pace of today’s technology-aided, modern world is not easy. You may be able to somehow adjust to the routine but if you don’t make some changes and adopt some healthy habits to support your modern life, you will only end up compromising with your health. Here we have mentioned 8 amazing habits to adopt for a healthy lifestyle:
1. Keep yourself hydrated:
“Start your day with 2 glasses of lukewarm water” - you must have already heard this one before. Drinking water and keeping your body hydrated throughout the day is very important to maintain your health and a healthy lifestyle. The water flushes down the toxins from the body and rejuvenates the cells as well as fastens the cell repairing process. Water also helps with improving blood circulation, metabolic rate, brain power, immune system etc.
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2. Manage stress - meditate daily
Another important habit that you must adopt is to meditate and exercise daily at least for 20-30 minutes in order to maintain a peaceful and healthy lifestyle. The fast-paced lifestyle can get too hectic and stressful. As the stress starts to pile up on your shoulder day after day, it not only degrades your productivity but also hampers your health and your relationship with the family. Therefore, free yourself from the heavy load of stress and tension by dedicating some time for meditation. It relaxes your mind and body by eliminating worries, anxiety as well as negative thoughts and feelings.
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3. Never skip breakfast:
The first meal of the day got its name “breakfast” from its function - it breaks the fasting of the long night. Breakfast is essentially the most important meal of the day. It activates your metabolism and provides the energy much required by your body organs to start functioning again. Without a proper and nutrient-rich breakfast, your brain doesn’t get the boost it needs to get out of the lethargic state and hence, cannot function properly.
4. Yoga or exercise everyday
Like Edward Smith-Stanely said - “Those who don't find time for exercise will have to find time for illness”. With reduced physical activities, the risk of stroke, high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure etc. increases. You don’t have to join the gym or yoga classes and do some extensive cardio to keep your body active. Practice some basic yoga poses or exercises, go for a run in the morning with your dog, go for a stroll with your kid in the evening, take the stairs instead of the lift - a little activity goes a long way.
5. Not only yummy but a healthy diet:
What you eat builds the very foundation of your health. Prepare yourself a healthy diet chart including all the healthy foods that provide a balanced combination of essential nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins and minerals. Develop healthy eating habits by adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet and cutting down on the calories. Instead of grabbing those sugary or junk foods, munch on those yummy and crunchy nuts. But, you don’t have to restrict yourself too much - do enjoy your favourite ice cream or a plate of panipuri every once in a while.
6. Get enough sleep:
Just like every machine needs to be shut down for a while after continuously functioning for hours, your body also needs an adequate amount of sleep in order to restore its energy and strength. Develop the healthy habit of going to bed early and sleeping for at least 7-8 hours everyday. Your brain undergoes through a relaxation phase and body cells get repaired or healed while you sleep. Adequate sleep improves memory, attention, muscle formation, the health of the heart and other body organs as well as reduces stress and depression.
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7. Work on your organisational skills:
A healthy lifestyle is essentially a balanced lifestyle. Do you also feel like 24 hours isn’t enough for you to finish all your work and daily responsibilities? Prepare a generalized time-table or routine dividing each day into hours or minutes needed to complete each task arranged according to priority. Try to keep the multi-tasking to a minimum if you are not being able to manage two tasks at once. It is always helpful to plan ahead of schedule, e.g., prepare a healthy diet chart for the week during the weekends.
8. Work on your relationships:
What is life without our loved ones around us to share our moments of joy, sorrow or success with? As much as we get dragged into our hectic daily life schedule and the fast-paced modern lifestyle, we end up spending more time alone completing our tasks and less time interacting with those we care for. Responsibilities towards them is another thing, but to nurture a deep connection and maintain a happy as well as a healthy relationship you need to spend some quality time with them. Take a break, go on a vacation or picnic, plan a dinner and be in touch - take advantage of the technology.
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