Lifestyle changes are essential to living a long and healthy life. It’s not enough to simply eat right or exercise regularly, you need to change your lifestyle to achieve optimal health. A healthy lifestyle involves all aspects of your life – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.
1) Physical Health
â€¢ Exercise regularly. Walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, bicycling, weight training and aerobics are all great forms of exercise. Try to exercise at least 3 times per week. If you’re overweight, start slowly. Start by walking for 30 minutes each day. Gradually increase your walking time until you’re doing an hour or more each day. Then add some weight lifting and aerobics to your routine.
â€¢ Get enough rest. Sleeping 7 to 9 hours each night is best for your body. If you can’t sleep, then try taking melatonin supplements or drinking chamomile tea before bedtime.
â€¢ Drink plenty of water. Water helps keep your body hydrated and flush toxins from your system.
2) Mental Health
â€¢ Take care of your mind. Learn new things, read books, listen to music, watch movies, play games, and do crossword puzzles. Learning new things keeps your brain stimulated and makes you smarter.
â€¢ Be optimistic. Optimism helps you deal with stress better and encourages you to see the positive side of everything.
â€¢ Don’t smoke. Smoking damages your lungs and causes many other health problems.
â€¢ Quit drinking alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol can cause liver damage, high blood pressure, headaches, and memory loss.
â€¢ Don’t use drugs. Drugs are addictive and can lead to health problems.
â€¢ Limit caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to increase blood pressure and cause headaches.
â€¢ Reduce stress. Stress affects every part of your body, including your heart, immune system, and digestive system.
â€¢ Eat a well balanced diet. Avoid foods that are high in fat and sodium. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
â€¢ Eat breakfast. Eating breakfast helps you maintain a healthy weight and gives you energy to start your day.
â€¢ Eat smaller meals throughout the day. Eating small frequent meals helps control your appetite.
â€¢ Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals leads to low blood sugar which can make you feel tired and irritable.
â€¢ Eat protein with every meal. Protein is the most important nutrient for building and repairing your muscles.
â€¢ Eat more fiber. Fiber helps your body absorb vitamins and nutrients.
â€¢ Eat healthy fats. Healthy fats help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. Examples of healthy fats include olive oil, nuts, and seeds.
â€¢ Drink 8 glasses of water each day. This helps keep your body hydrated.
â€¢ Have a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude helps you cope with stress better and reduces the risk of depression.