Everyone wants to live a happy and healthy life. This is something we all would like, but in reality, how many of us are healthy and happy? The society that we live in is frenzied, hectic and full of hypocrisies. Work, college and other pursuits form the core of our day to day life that leaves us exhausted and full of stress at the end of the day. This amount of stress can take a very bad toll on us, leading to a wide spectrum of disease.
However, this can change if we start to implement some good habits in our lifestyle. Well, we all are busy but health always comes before wealth. Here we discuss some ways on how good habits can help you prevent disease.
1. Sleep is important (but not during work)
Well we all know what happened to Chandler Bing when he fell asleep during a meeting in the office. To prevent such a tragedy in your life always follow the motto; “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy and wise”. Yes we all have big projects to prepare, paper work to complete, presentations to prepare, but getting your beauty sleep is just as important as all of the above. Until and unless you are an owl or a possum, don’t stay awake for late nights.
Insomnia is very harmful for your health and may lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, flu and depression. Seven to eight hours of sleep is very essential for the proper functioning of body and mind of any human being. Your brain keeps working the entire day, its best to give it a good rest at night. The body needs to rest as well otherwise you may just fall sick.
I know I might sound like your lovely mother on this one, but yes get out of your bed and go outside with your friends. No one wants to leave the soft comfort of their bed and go out in this sweltering heat. However, if you want to stay healthy and be free of contaminations socialize more often. According to many researches and studies, people who are more social are better at combating off cold causing germs.
3. Daily exercise
By daily exercise and working out, I don’t mean you have to make six pack abs, biceps, triceps and what not. We naturally need regular physical activity to stay in good physical shape and fight with many harmful diseases.
- Exercising maintains the normal weight of a person and keeping check of your weight is important, too much weight or too less weight is not good for you. Having a gym membership is a great way to stay in shape. A lot of equipment like treadmills, Weight Plates, Recumbent Bikes (see here)are a few tools that will help you overcome your obesity problems. If you are underweight, then many protein shakes and multivitamins are available at your nearest store.
- The best way to combat heart disease is via regular exercise. Early morning jogs are a great way to drive out that heart, cholesterol and other diseases inhabiting your body.
- Ever felt that you are about to collapse after climbing a few steps or doing your daily chores? This is due to the lack of oxygen and nutrients in your body which will only be rebuilt with exercise. With the improvement of your lungs and heart you will not get wind up with your regular work.
4. Say no to junk foods
No matter how much appealing and mouth-watering those burgers and fries may look control your urges and your tongue. These unhealthy foods are a major source of illness among young people these days. Eat healthy foods with more protein, amino acids and minerals rather than all those foods which will kill you in the end. Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes are a few of the highly dangerous ailments caused due to these unhealthy foods.
A healthy diet consists of oats or fruits with a full glass of water in the morning, with meat or egg as proteins and cereals/rice. For those people who cannot eat meat, I mean of course the vegetarians, a lot of other replacements are there. It never breaks a bone to follow a vegetarian diet as you will find that there are all the required minerals and vitamins which are essential for a healthy lifestyle.
5. Protect yourself from hazardous environment
Stay protected always when you go out somewhere. Take an umbrella if it’s raining outside to prevent getting wet and catching a cold. Also use umbrellas during summer as it may prevent heat stroke. Wear jackets and gloves during winters to keep yourself warm and comfortable. You are not going to do anyone any favour if you come down with a fever.
Wear pollution masks while walking on the road to avoid breathing in the harmful gases that are emitted from the vehicles. Keep your skin protected and take good care of your skin at all times. Wear sunscreen lotion with a high SPF to avoid the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun from making a direct contact with your skin. The rays cause skin cancer, high degree sunburns and skin texture changes. Make sure you are well prepared against any such illness.
6. ‘A Laughter’ a day keeps the doctor away
Weird as it may sound, laughter helps in increasing life span (though it isn’t proven yet). Laugh and be happy life is too short to keep stressing all the time. Watch Friends to help make your mood better. Laughing increases the amount of antibodies in the blood which in turn destroy bacteria and viruses. So laugh heartily every day.
7. Improve your Personal hygiene
I am not saying that you smell horrible or something but personal hygiene is something that can only be taken care of by you. Habits like, washing your hands before eating anything, brushing your teeth daily and taking a bath daily keeps germs, bacteria and other disease causing viruses at bay.
8. Prepare a schedule
Planning is one of the most important things for a better life. This is where most people fail. We can plan effectively while playing Clash Of Clans but fail to plan for our life. Make a diet chart, work out a schedule for daily routines. These not only incorporate good habits, but also make you aware of your responsibilities so you can tackle them more efficiently.
Keep all these in mind and always be aware of your surroundings, build good habits and encourage others also to do the same.
Gregory is chief editor at ConstructMuscles.com. He spend half of my time in his blog while the other half on being physical fitness trainer. Believing in the great benefits of bodybuilding and fitness to the body, he has been motivated to become a fitness enthusiast. Stay Connected to him on Twitter.