Contrary to popular belief, a healthy lifestyle is more than just healthy eating and occasional exercise. It also includes good hygiene, good interpersonal friendships and relationships, mental health, maintaining good energy levels and good work- life balance. While you may eat healthy foods once in a while and exercise as recommended, you may not be leading a healthy lifestyle after all.
Healthy eating habits
You have to consistently strive to eat healthier every day. This is not only important to your physical abilities but it also affects your mental abilities. To ensure that you are eating well, you may come up with a great meal plan with the help of a nutritionist. This will ensure that you take in vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body requires to perform optimally. It also ensures that you consume the correct number of calories to avoid weight issues. Your diet plan should be subject to continuous improvement to achieve the overall goal of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy eating also requires the correct intake of water and fruits.
More often than not, we know and understand the importance of exercising. Some ignore this knowledge while others take it more seriously and pursue different exercise regimes. If you do not enjoy the regime you are currently on, the chances of dropping out are quite high. It is therefore recommended to partake in exercises that one enjoys. Although sometimes we may think we may not enjoy a particular exercise, we may never know until we try it out. You can teach yourself to enjoy and therefore look forward to exercising. You can also exercise as you carry out the usual day to day activities. For example, walking the dog or taking the kids to the park, walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift, walking to the market instead of taking the car, enjoying long walks or jogs with your loved ones and as you clean and arrange your house.
You should practice the highest levels of hygiene to prevent opportunistic infections and diseases. Good hygiene includes ensuring that your house is clean and sanitised, ensuring that your clothes, drapery, rugs and furniture are clean. The kitchen should be maintained in the cleanest state as contamination of food and drinks can easily occur causing diseases. Of course you need to ensure that you are clean too. If you have pets, they should be cleaned and groomed regularly and they should receive their injections as dictated to avoid diseases that may be passed on to those who come into contact with them.
Your mental and emotional stability contributes to a healthy lifestyle. The relationships we maintain have a great effect on our health. We should therefore maintain healthy relationships and get rid of toxic friends. Sometimes, you may not be able to cut off ties with the toxic people in our lives because they are our relatives. In such situations, it is advisable to come up with a plan to effectively deal with these people without ending up stressed.