Good health is the most important thing you need to lead a happy and meaningful life. However, in today’s age of fast-paced and stressful lifestyles, many of us are finding it difficult to maintain our health. This is happening even when good health can be achieved by following a few simple guidelines. Let’s take a look at some lifestyle changes that you can introduce in your daily routine for optimal health gains.
Home cooked food:Did you know that most restaurant owners don’t eat food prepared in their own restaurants? Most restaurant owners bring their own home-cooked food because they know what’s good and what’s bad. Unfortunately, customers are usually not aware of this.
With long work hours, people have become dependent on junk food. Earlier it was just pizza, but now anything you want can be delivered to your office or home via food delivery platforms. For the young generation, home cooked food is virtuallydisappearing from their plates. What people don’t realize is that outside food is prepared for taste and not nutrition. Outside food often lacks the nutrition your body needs. Overtime, this can lead to deficiency of vitamins and minerals, which may further trigger ill-health and diseases.
The most common reason for not preparing home cooked food is lack of time. However, in reality, people have just become too lazy to prepare their own meals at home. Also, the addiction of outside food is difficult to overcome. Restaurants often use artificialflavorenhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) to make the food tastier. Once you get hooked to the taste of such artificial flavorings, it is very difficult to go back to home cooked food. It’s not very different from other forms of addiction.
Young people don’t care because there are no immediate symptoms or problems. However, in the long run, the effects of eating outside food will become clearly evident. Lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, overweight, obesity, etc. have become quite common among people in their thirties and forties. Choosing home cooked food can help reduce the risk of such health issues.
Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lentils, nuts & seeds, etc. for optimal health gains. Make a schedule so that you can allocate ample time for cooking your food at home. Even if you have to eat outside sometime, go for healthy items such as the traditional thali. Avoid greasy/deep fried items and those made from white flour.
Exercise:Doctors usually enjoy good health and we think it’s because of their knowledge of medicines. But that’s not the case. Doctors know the benefits of exercise and they practice it religiously. Your doctor may prescribe you one dozen medicines, but in their case they don’t need them, as regular exercise keeps them healthy.
In the usual routine of rushing to office and coming back home, people say that they have little time for physical exercise. Not many know that one needs only 30 minutes per day of physical exercise to maintain good health. This can easily be achieved if you set up your morning alarm 30 minutes earlier. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, etc. can boost your health in a significant manner. Exercise releases endorphins, a hormone associated with happiness. It is also helpful in relieving stress and anxiety. Exercise also boosts your immune system, which keeps you protected from potential infections and diseases.
Stress-free lifestyle:Stress is one of the biggest contributors of ill-health and it has become quite common among the working class. Excessive work load and deadlines, family responsibilities, and anxieties about the future create an atmosphere of fear, eventually leading to stress. Various studies have found cumulative stress associated with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, obesity, depression, etc.
The best way to fight stress is to focus on the present and avoid thinking about the past or future. The present is the only place where you can change something, so thinking about past or future is purely delusional. To relieve stress, you can also practice yoga, play sports or do some physical activity such as brisk walking, etc. on a daily basis. If you are facing a problem, think about solutions with a cool head instead of worrying about it. Discussing your problemswith friends or family members will also help reduce your stress levels. Focus on your work 100% and stress will disappear like it was never there.
The secret of good health, as we call it now, was a way of life for our forefathers. However, this healthy way of life was lost when people started spending more time in office cubicles. But, we should not lose hope as mistakes can always be rectified. If we pledge to stop making excuses, stop being lazy and follow the recommendations provided above, we can easily achieve good health and wellness. With these positive lifestyle changes, you will see a dramatic improvement in your energylevels and your outlook towards life in general. You will be able to do more every day and enjoy your life to the fullest.