Dr. Asmat is a Physiotherapist with a Master's degree in Psychology.She believes in lifetime learning through gaining and sharing knowledge.
With the arrival of 2023 just a month away, the planning and preparation of many new year events are around the corner. Along with all other happenings, the beginning of the new year usually comes up with some resolutions you might be making and preparing yourself to follow to make your new year more productive and fruitful. With other goals and targets to be achieved, why not make an essential resolution to become your best? Yes! to maintain your health in the best possible by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is never a challenging task. However, many people confuse a healthy lifestyle with all the expensive foods and fancy diets. It's not only about food and fancy diets or, at the other end, hours of workouts spent in the gym to bring your health in the best shape. A healthy body and lifestyle comprise several factors that collectively play a vital role in helping your body to be physically, emotionally, and mentally well. So today, I am sharing seven easy tips to help you start your health journey by prioritizing your health and living a healthy lifestyle even before 2023 kicks in.
Hydrating your body is the first and most crucial step to keeping your body functioning optimally. Water is the best liquid you can consume all day and, at the same time, get many benefits to keep your health in a good state. Following are a few of the benefits of consuming enough water all day.
- It helps in improving digestion.
- It helps to eliminate toxins from your body
- It improves circulation
- It keeps your muscle healthy, preventing cramps that occur due to dehydration.
- Enhances your skin health
- Maintains kidney health
- Prevents constipation
- It helps to lose weight
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Physical activity does not only mean the long workout routines in the gym, but it can be any form of exercise you can easily carry out every day, anywhere. This might include a brisk walk, increasing your use of stairs daily, walking to the parking area, or even swapping elevators with the stairs. Studies suggest that regular physical exercise maintains your weight and can help enhance your muscle and bone health when used correctly.
Some proven benefits of regular physical activity are:
- It may help maintain mental health
- Helps lose/maintain weight
- Keeps you active
- Maintains good health, incredibly profound benefits for the cardiovascular system, respiratory system
- It keeps you in a good mood.
Limit The Use Of Processed Foods, Alcohol, And Artificial Beverages:
Processed and packaged foods usually have a higher sugar than usual natural foods. Furthermore, many processed and packaged foods also contain some preservatives which are harmful to health and may even cause cancer. So cutting down processed and packaged foods and replacing them with organic and natural products will not only serve as a contributory factor to promote good health at the same time, it might help us save a lot of money as many packed products are costly in terms of the quantity served.
Consumption of Alcohol and artificial beverages along with soft drinks and energy drinks may feel tasteful, but considering and looking at the contents of such liquid beverages, there is a significant risk related to many health hazards which are caused by these. Alcohol alone may cause damage to the liver, digestive system, heart and other vital organs of the human body. Along with that, all artificial beverages have a high sugar content that might be a reason for causing diabetes in many individuals. Limiting and eliminating these drinks from the diet can serve a long list of benefits. Reducing Alcohol and beverages helps:
- To reduce weight
- Fight diabetes
- Reduce the risk of certain cancers
- To improve heart health
- Improves digestive system
- Improves liver health
- Maintains dental health
Get Enough Sleep:
Sleep heals us, and sound and restful sleep play a significant part in keeping us fresh and active throughout the day. Sleep also helps heal and repair the body while in its resting state. Therefore, it is essential to maintain Physical as well as mental health. Having an inadequate sleep will vastly affect one person's health in terms of physical and mental aspects. Along with that, it will also affect a person's performance in his everyday life. Sleep deprivation has also been linked with some gastric issues, and chronic sleep deprivation is also shown to cause high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. An adult usually needs 8-9 hours of sleep per day. Following are a few of the benefits of adequate and deep sleep.
- Maintenance of healthy weight
- Low risk of illness like heart problems and diabetes
- Reduced stress
- Improved physical health
- Improved memory, concentration, and performance
Maintain A Good Mental Health:
Mental well-being and maintaining healthy emotional health are also essential to obtaining a healthy lifestyle. While the proper care of Physical fitness plays a vital role in keeping one fit and active, the mental health of a person, on the other hand, contributes different significant roles in living a happy and healthy life.
Doing activities that are good for mental well-being is the best thing to do when one thinks to start taking care of mental health. A healthy and emotionally strong mind not only keeps a person's productivity at the highest level but also helps them cope better with everyday stresses. Following are some of the activities one can take up in routine to take the best care of one's mental health.
- Spend time with friends
- Keep a pet
- Talk to a friend when you feel overwhelmed or stressed about something
- Learn a new skill
- Do art and craftwork
- Read a good book
- Spend time with small children
- Cook your favorite food
- Take care of your parents
Get Regular Checkups:
Regular executive checkups, especially after the age of 30, are one of the keys to keeping chronic illness at bay. Regular checkups can help identify minor changes in your body's physiological systems, which can help you to catch and treat minor issues occurring in your body before time. Some tests are to be done yearly or six months to help evaluate your body's condition and simultaneously help catch diseases before they get difficult to treat.
Some routine tests that one can do to keep the evaluation of health may include
- Complete blood profile
- Thyroid profile
- Cholesterol profile
- Blood sugar levels
Take Out Time For Relaxation:
The human body constantly needs a break from the busy hustles of life so that it goes into a state of relaxation to restore usable energy in everyday life. After an active and working day, the body, while relaxing, repairs itself for subsequent activities.
Taking regular breaks from your job, workloads, and everyday regular working schedules is also vital to help your body cover up for the energy and reserves used by your body.
You can achieve relaxation in many ways:
- Take a warm shower
- Keep your home fragrant and well ventilated
- Listen to your favorite music
- Watch your favorite series
- Spend time with your family
- Take a walk in nature
- Adopt a hobby
So I am hopeful that the simple tips I mentioned to help you start living a healthy lifestyle will be beneficial in the long run. So start now with a bit of change every day, baby steps towards the desired healthy lifestyle, and there you are, ready to enter the new year coming up with one of the best resolutions along with other ones.
Have a healthy life!