As human beings, we have some of the most remarkable bodies on this planet. Did you know that in the right conditions, our bodies can actually heal themselves? Yes, there are some cases in which we may not even have to go to the hospital. All you will need is rest, good food, plenty of water and your body will do the rest.
No matter how old you are, it is never too late to start taking care of your body. People who adhere to Eastern based philosophies such as Yoga have discovered that there is a lot to be said about incorporating the right kind of energy in our lives. Whether you subscribe to these kind of teachings, one thing is for sure, what you do every day determines the quality of life you live. With that in mind, here are some simple healthy living tips that will help you live a more fulfilled life.
Healthy living tips for a fulfilled life
Be physically active
There is no escaping exercise. If you want to live a healthy life you simply must incorporate exercise into your daily routine. The problem with most people is that when they hear the word exercise they immediately picture themselves sweating it out at the gym in the weight room. The truth is that anything that involves muscle movements and raises your heart rate is considered exercise. Take a walk, take the stairs, hold some of your meetings while standing and try to swim as much as possible. This not only gets fresh air into your lungs, but it also stretched out your muscles, joints and even mind.
A healthy diet does not necessarily mean going Vegan or vegetarian. You can have your steak and still adhere to a healthy diet. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, drink lots of water, do not shy away from nuts, pay close attention to white meat and make sure that your food is well prepared and well cooked. Ensure that you have a balanced diet every single day. Couple that with exercise and you have a winning recipe for healthy living.
Ease up on the alcohol and cigarettes
If it is at all possible, you should stop smoking completely. This is nothing new, but cigarettes put you at greater risk of lifestyle diseases such as lung cancer, high blood pressure plus it’s a filthy habit. Alcohol on the other hand is a depressant and tends to facilitate overeating. Not to mention the fact that the kind of alcohol-induced sleep many of us live on is not restorative at all. For our bodies to regenerate and self-heal, you need actual REM sleep that is not alcohol induced.
Get involved in Yoga
Stress is a silent, but relentless killer. Not only will it make your life difficult but it is also a precursor to quite a number of lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure and frequent headaches. To combat stress, one of the best techniques for one to use is to get involved in Yoga. Yoga is one of those things that you can fit into your life without having to stress yourself out. In fact, the whole point of Yoga is to reduce your stress. You do not even have to join hour long classes if you do not have the time. There are simple Yoga breathing techniques and poses that can be done is a matter of minutes but still have a profoundly positive effect on your health. Try these posess and breathing techniques.
– Alternate Nostril Breathing- Half Lord of the Fishes- Gratitude Meditation- The Camel Pose
Steer clear of high risk sexual behavior
It is absolutely possible to have great, yet safe, sex. In fact, you can do so with as many partners as you like. Sex does not have to be illicit and risky to be enjoyable. Not only will high risk sexual behavior lead to the acquisition of diseases such as gonorrhea, herpes, HIV and syphilis, but for most people, having sex with more than one partner takes a toll on their mental and emotional health. Which in turn could lead to depression and a host of conditions that come with it. If you are sleeping with more than one person, it is advisable to avoid unprotected sex at all costs.
Get enough sleep
The human body needs rest to regenerate. You need to get regular good quality sleep in order to stay healthy. Studies suggest that there is a link between not getting enough sleep and being overweight. An adult should strive for no less than 6 hours of good quality sleep every night. Try to avoid alcohol induced sleep as this is not restorative.
Get regular medical checkups
There is a good reason as to why health insurance companies insist on regular medical checkups. The human body is a strange vessel that can harbor life threatening diseases for years without any symptoms showing. But just because there are no symptoms showing does not mean that you are not sick. In many cases, most of these diseases, such as several types of cancer, if caught early, are very treatable and manageable. That is why it is important to have regular medical checkups. It is the best way to ensure that everything is fine. Additionally, you will get some great advice on how to stay healthy or what you need to do to get to optimum health levels.
Healthy living is about much more than just your physical health. You need to balance out your physical, mental and emotional health as well. Eat a great deal of fruits, drink lots of water, take many walks, go dancing and most of all, try your best to smile and stay happy. A great number of illnesses can be prevented just by smiling on a regular basis and being happy.