Introduction: A healthy lifestyle implies following good habits such as having a healthy diet, taking out time to indulge in physical exercise regularly, and taking adequate sleep at night. It is essential to follow a healthy lifestyle to keep various illnesses at bay and live wholly. The term ‘healthy lifestyle’ is heard almost everywhere these days on the television, on social media platforms as well as in magazines. The need to follow a healthy lifestyle is stressed upon via these mediums but people still ignore it and continue with their not-so-healthy lifestyle and eventually bear its consequences.
However, most people get so caught up with their daily grinds that they neglect their health. Ignoring our health is the worst thing we can do to ourselves. Many people realize this only after they develop some health issues.
Importance of Healthy Lifestyle: Our elders often stress upon the need for having a nutritious diet, sleeping and waking up on time each day, and going to nearby places by foot rather than using vehicles each time. However, most of us ignore their advice and continue with our unhealthy way of living. What they suggest is absolutely right. It is important to follow a healthy lifestyle. The need to switch to healthy habits is being stressed upon everywhere these days.
Here is why it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle:
- It makes us more organized and increases productivity.
- It makes us physically fit and keeps several health issues at bay.
- It is a great way to live stress-free.
- It renders a positive outlook.
- It brings us closer to our family and loved ones.
Indulging in unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, having junk food, spending too much time on screen can lead to various serious illnesses and should thus be avoided.
Healthy Habits that must be followed:
Follow a Healthy Diet Plan – Following a healthy diet plan is of utmost importance when people are trying to live a healthy life. Begin by following a healthy diet plan that includes all the essential micronutrients and steer clear from junk food.
Wake Up Early – Most people are unable to indulge in exercise, have breakfast, and spend few quality moments with their loved ones in the morning because they do not wake up on time. Make it a habit to wake up early each morning so that they have enough time to accommodate all these tasks.
Exercise and Sleep On Time – Squeeze in at least half an hour each day to indulge in physical exercise of your choice. People can choose to go for a walk, swim, practice yoga, deep breathing or do anything that interests them. This helps in de-stressing.
Since people have to wake up early, it is essential to sleep on time. People must ensure that they take at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day.
Put our Mobile Aside – People should make it a habit to keep their phones aside while they are working to enhance productivity. Also keep their phone at a distance when they are at home and spend quality time with their family. The rays emitted by mobile phones are harmful it is thus suggested to keep it away especially when people sleep at night.
Connect With Positive Minds – It is always good to be friends with people who bring in positivity in their life and stay away from those who indulge in negative talks. Also, socialize with those who follow a healthy lifestyle rather than those who regularly indulge in unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking.
Have our Meals on Time – As important as it is to follow a healthy diet plan, it is equally essential to have our meals on time. Make sure we do not skip our breakfast or any other meal of the day and have our meals at the right intervals. It is also suggested to have 5-6 small meals during the day rather than having three large ones.
Follow our Interest – Most of us are so engrossed in our work these days that we forget to take out time to follow our interests and hobbies. It is a good idea to squeeze in some time to follow your hobbies such as gardening, reading, writing or anything of our choice. These act as a good replacement for the unhealthy habits and also help in keeping stress at bay.
Advantages of Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle has both long term as well as short term benefits. Short term benefits of exercising include stimulated health, improved immune system, increased organ efficiency, and improved brain health. While, short term effects of healthy eating are raised nutrition level, healthy digestive system, and raised immunity along with other advantages.
Apart from having short term advantages, healthy lifestyle also has many long term benefits. It prevents the occurrence of many lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, obesity, back pain, and spondylitis, etc. It also prevents us from other serious ailments like cancer, heart diseases, and osteoporosis, etc.
Those were the physical benefits of adapting to a healthy lifestyle, but there are also psychological benefits of it. A healthy lifestyle will give us a healthy body and hence a healthy mind. With no diseases and a fit body and boosted the immune system, we will be a happy person with ample of energy and time for our career and growth. People will be happy as ever and socialize more, admiring others as they admire them. Moreover, a healthy person inspires others to follow the path, ultimately leading to a healthy society.
Conclusion: “Health is Wealth”. It is indeed but seems like our generation has forgotten it. It is time to slow down and take a look at the way you are living and treating our bodies. People may make more money, win friends, and afford the luxuries of life with the lifestyle they are following but they are shortening their life span. Take charge of our life and switch to healthy habits while there is still time.