Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps you avoid illnesses and potential accidents. If you get sick or injured, you have to pay for costly medical treatment. Being healthy allows you to enjoy life more, and work productively so you can earn a stable income. It is no surprise that healthy living habits are a trend nowadays.
Jeanie Lerche Davis, who is an award-winning writer on health and medicine, shares these healthy lifestyle tips. Although they may seem basic, the benefits and methods are worthy to mention.
1. Try Healthy Foods for a Change
You may want to avoid ‘traditional’ foods and drinks that are heavy with fat and sodium. They also contain more calories and cholesterol. Aside from burgers and French fries, other examples are hotdogs, sodas, and fried chicken. Not only you will gain weight and become obese, but also you will become prone to heart disease. There are also foods that are better eaten less because of low nutritional value such as nachos and candy.
If your busy lifestyle makes you eat such foods, you may look for other substitutes. Try eating more healthier foods such as whole wheat slices of bread, fruits, and vegetables. Salads, such as Caesar salads, mix healthy foods for a delectable taste. Instead of deep-fry, you may grill chicken, seafood, and vegetables in a kebab fashion. You may also try fresh fruits and stews.
2. Get Enough Sleep
The lack of sleep can bring you a lack of concentration and headaches. Side effects may even result in a weak immune system and anxiety. It can also make you gain more weight. You get hungry and consume more food. Tiredness hinders you from doing exercise.
Healthy sleeping habits include ‘abstinence’ with television, Internet surfing, and game consoles during the night. If you are an avid cellular phone user, then indulge in the day and use the night for rest. More importantly, maintain a bedtime routine. Keep consistent times for sleeping and waking. A good sleeping rhythm can prevent waking up in the middle in the night, and the consequent difficulty of getting back to sleep.
Furthermore, strenuous activities such as studying, playing video games, or doing ‘take-home’ projects should only be done in the early evening. It is recommended that you should stop with these after 9 P.M. and go to bed.
3. Get Out of the Couch and Exercise
The obvious benefit of exercise is that it improves the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. You may not know that exercise is good for the brain too. Regular and moderate exercise prevents the aging of brain cells. It prevents stress, and thus serves as an antioxidant. Exercise also helps with the proper functioning of bones and muscles.
Usual activities as exercise include jogging, cycling, swimming, and gym workouts. However, walking briskly or for long distances will also do the job. Dancing, which can be regarded more as a pastime or lesson, is a good way to maintain a fit body.
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4. Quit Smoking even if Others do Not
Cigarette smoking damages the lungs and makes the heart work harder. Although it has a negative image, smoking is still abundant in many societies. People do it because their peers do, to keep calm from stress, or simply because cigarettes taste good. If smoking causes tiredness, regular coughing, and shortness of breath, you should stop it now.
There are many ways to abstain from cigarettes. Instead of smoking one, engage in exercise such as running. The release of endorphins gives the same enjoyable sensation as smoking without the bad side effects. Regular consumption of vegetables and milk can make tobacco taste bad. The best possible tip for you is to consult with professional help.
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