Health is wealth, so the saying goes. Only the living can work, chase dreams and become successful. Bad health threatens your life and makes you incapable of pursuing your dreams.
Ask anyone what they hope for in life and they will probably mention good health ‘of course’ after listing all the great feats they aim to achieve. We all know health is important but 90% of the time, most of us are not conscious about living a healthy lifestyle. Rushing to work, we stop by a fast-food restaurant and order a calorie/bad cholesterol-filled meal and back home, we spend a greater part of the night keeping up with friends on social media instead of grabbing a good night sleep.
The constraints of our daily life often make us neglectful about living a healthy lifestyle. But we can take practical steps to change that. Here are tips on how to live and eat healthily:
Eat The Right Amount Of Calories
The whole hullabaloo about diet plans and whatnots all boil down to a single rule: don’t eat more calories than your body needs. Aim to strike a balance between the energy you consume and the energy you use. You will put on more weight—no two ways about it, if you eat or drink more than your body needs because your body stores the unused energy as fat. And as you know, too much body fat is unhealthy: it heralds critical illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and so on.
It is recommended that women have nothing more than 2000 calories a day while men should have 2,500 calories per day.
Consume Lots Of Veg And Fruits
Variety is the spice of life. That is also true when it comes to healthy eating. Eating a wide range of foods is one way to ensure you are maintaining a healthy diet. Your daily meal should contain varieties of fruits and vegetables.
More Protein, Less Starchy Carbohydrates
While you shouldn’t completely eliminate carbohydrate from your diet, keep it at a minimal level. Whenever you can, opt for wholegrain or higher fiber varieties of carbohydrate rather than starchy carbohydrates as they contain more fiber that will help you feel fuller for a longer stretch of time. And speaking of feeling fuller, protein is one class of food that gives you that almost every time. So eat more protein.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Skipping breakfast won’t help you lose weight because when you do, you tend to snack excessively for the rest of the day as you’d keep feeling hungry. Besides, you need this first meal of the day for energy sake. To achieve and maintain good health, keep your breakfast healthy by consuming meals that are low in sugar, salt, and fat.
The recommended daily intake of water is 6 to 8 glasses per day. You need to stay mindful of this as dehydration is bad for your health. Drinking other fluids like lower fat milk, lower sugar drinks like coffee and tea also count as healthy ways of staying hydrated.
Exercising regularly reduces your risk of falling prey to serious health conditions like stroke, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. You can use your staircase at home to keep fit or get a good skipping rope. It is important that you do activities that keep you running around on your feet for at least 30 minutes a day.
Get A Good Night Sleep
Your sleeping habits affect your health too. If you struggle to fall asleep because of distractions or some other reason, trying relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation can make a huge difference.
Incorporate the above-listed tips in your lifestyle and start living healthy from today.