Healthy living means different things to different people, but there are some simple habits that can help you lead a more balanced, energized life every single day—no matter what your goals are. Here are five things I follow in order to have a healthy lifestyle.
You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That’s a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day.
I’ve been following this since my childhood, and for a good reason, I drink one glass of water every 1.5 hours. I’ve got so used to it that if I keep doing stuff for more than two hours without water, a feeling of uneasiness hits me and I soon lose track of things. Moreover, I spend a lot of time roaming around and staying under the Sun, so staying hydrated saves me from falling unconscious and getting sunburns. I generally finish atleast 3 one litre bottles everyday.
2.Early to bed, early to rise
Remember, when you entered the room on the exam day and there were students sitting in tension and silence? You can almost physically feel how their minds are buzzing on the frequency of the brains filled to the brim with memorized information. When you wake up late you wake up into this cacophony of not sleeping minds.
What you experience in the early morning is the complete opposite. You enter the space of pure energy clean from background white noise created by thoughts of other people. The time when even the birds are sleeping gives you unprecedented serenity and calmness.
Each of us have a different sleep routine and it’s totally alright to sleep late unless your body starts feeling restless and lazy. Early mornings for some can be a drag, and let’s be honest here, there will always be morning’s especially when it’s dark outside that all you will want to do is pull the covers over your head for an extra 5 minutes. But, you can try this. Push yourself to hit the bed before 11 pm and try to wake up before 7am. I know it’s lockdown time and we have nothing to do, but actually, you could feel better whilst the pandemic is taking a toll on your mental health. After all, it’s “Early to bed, early to rise, keeps a person healthy and wise !” (I’m not too wise, but I’m healthy enough !)
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If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you know that exercise should be an essential part of your routine. But the benefits of physical activity go far beyond just physical fitness. Increasingly, more and more research is showing that working out regularly can boost other aspects of your health as well, including cognitive function and emotional well-being.
I’m not a bodybuilder. Not a gym person either. And I don’t exercise to lose weight. In fact, (touch wood), I don’t have any major health problems/ailments. But I jog/run regularly because it makes me a happier person. It helps me overcome anxiety and emotional stress. And above all, it keeps me active all day.
Interestingly, it doesn’t matter how intense your workout is. It seems that your mood can benefit from exercise no matter the intensity of the physical activity.In fact, a study in 24 women who had been diagnosed with depression showed that exercise of any intensity significantly decreased feelings of depression.
Engaging in regular physical activity can increase your energy levels. This is true even in people with persistent fatigue and those suffering from serious illnesses.
“Health is wealth” is what we learned in our school days. But, it seems like most of us have forgotten about our true wealth. With our busy lifestyles, our food habits have deteriorated drastically. We have forgotten what healthy eating is all about!
I’m a foodie but at the same time, I ensure that my eating habits don’t include dumping junk inside my body.
- I don’t eat pizzas and burgers. I’m trying to give up on sugars too. I know it’s hard
- Every morning, on an empty stomach,I take a few crystals of salt and some pepper. They’re known to increase your immunity levels. After 2 minutes, I drink 2 full glasses of water.
- I don’t consume anything before having a bath, with the exception of water,tender coconut water and salt and pepper (not even coffee, tea or milk). My mom says eating before a shower results in poor digestion, but I don’t know how that works. I follow this habit simply because I want to, unaware of all the benefits and health research studies.
- I don’t eat anything after dinner. No desserts too. No ice creams after 8 pm. Because ice creams contain a lot of fat and sleeping with it isn’t healthy at all.
- I have curd everyday. It helps in easy digestion, and on days when I don’t feel like eating curd, I switch to buttermilk. It keeps your stomach cool and prevents ulcers.
5.Sleeping on the floor
It would be silly to say mattresses are pretty common. Most everyone has one, whether it be fancy or simple, new or old. Mattresses are part of our daily lives. They are what help us sleep at night comfortably. But are they the best way for us to be sleeping? Is it possible there are other options than the mattress?
For millennia, humans slept on the ground. Whether on piles of soft materials or directly on the dirt itself, the ground was our first sleeping surface. When considering that, one has to wonder: “Is this the way we were meant to sleep?”
How do I sleep : On the floor, I spread a thin bamboo mat with just one layer of cushion on it. Then I place my pillow in such a way that it lies on the floor and not on the mat. I sleep on my back and pull a bedsheet over to avoid cold air on my body.
Sleeping on the floor can be good for your spine. You don’t have a soft mattress hugging your body, so your spine gets a chance to realign itself – to its natural posture. You also experience a greater level of body awareness when on the floor.
But be wary about your sleeping position on the floor – sleeping on the back works best. Sleeping on the side forces your hip flexors and hamstrings to tighten over time, and this leads to additional pain.
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