Have you ever wondered why do some people remain very healthy always but many others do not?
In this article, we are going to discuss the simple secrets of staying healthy always.’
Staying fit and healthy appears to be very complicated.
For many of us following a disciplined lifestyle with regular workouts and fixed diets seems to be a very difficult thing to do.
You will come across several books and blogs that are doling out a lot of conflicting advice on being fit and healthy.
However, it is easy to stay healthy always with minimal effort just by following a few health rules regularly.
The good health of a person does not depend on health products like multivitamins and food supplements. It is the simple lifestyle rules and food habits that have kept people healthy for centuries.
Below given are 5 simple health maxims that you just need to actualize in your life to stay fit and healthy always.
1. Eat Healthy Natural Foods
Most of the health issues faced by us today are nothing but the side effects of highly processed junk foods we eat.
If you want to be healthy and free of common diseases, just need to care to eat only the ‘real foods’.
The ‘real foods’ are natural in unprocessed form.
Healthy foods comprise whole grains, meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. You also need to include healthy oils and fats in your diet.
But even these healthy foods become harmful to the body when they are eaten in highly processed form or excess amount than required by the body.
The foods should be consumed according to the energy and nutrient requirements of the body. Limit the consumption of carbohydrates and sugar to the right amount of calories that your body requires every day.
Overweight and obese people should certainly be very careful with the consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods.
Anyone who desires to shed bodyweight should certainly need to cut back on carbohydrates, most importantly avoid all sweetened foods.
Avoid junk foods and all types of processed foods as much as possible.
Home-cooked vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, and whole-grain foods are the best to eat.
2. Sufficient Physical Exercises Are Must For Good Health
Most people turn obese due to lack of sufficient physical exercise which leads to the accumulation of unused body fat.
Some people have misunderstood the notion that exercises and workouts are meant for people who desire to look beautiful, like those wanting to have six-pack abs and bulging muscular build-up.
Exercising and weight training have more to do with good health than just looking very attractive.
Exercises not only make you strong but also improve the functioning of hormones and the brain.
Some of the recent research findings clearly indicate the importance of physical exercises in improving the production and functions of testosterone and growth hormones.
High-intensity has shown that weight lifting helps in lowering triglycerides and blood pressure and improves the good cholesterol level in the blood. High-intensity exercises have a quick effect on reducing blood sugar and insulin levels.
Many of the high-risk diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and cardiovascular disease can be prevented or cured with the help of high-intensity exercises like weight lifting.
Lack of exercise is the number one reason for belly fat which eventually gives rise to several fatal diseases. The biggest danger to health is the combination of ‘bad diet habits and zero physical exercises’.
The easiest and one of the best exercises all can do is to do brisk walking or jogging on the plain fields or paths for 20 to 40 minutes daily.
Avoid good exercises like various types of stretching, swinging, and pushups that can be done in the comfort zone of your home itself.
Most cases of obesity and overweight-related health issues can be easily overcome with regular workouts and healthy balanced diets.
3. Avoid Unhealthy Habits And Toxic Foods
Intake of toxic contents in any form has a tremendous impact on making our health go really bad.
The pollutants existing in the environment (especially in air and water) are already a big threat to our health.
Substance abuse habits are all the more dangerous to health than most pollutants in the environment.
Many people spoil their health even at a young age by becoming addicted to cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption, and drug abuse. These are killer habits that can make your health go flat soon.
Another MOST dangerous habit of health is getting addicted to certain junk foods and drinks.
These foods include soda, all types of carbonated and sweetened beverages like cola, all kinds of highly processed and packaged foods, fat-rich foods like pizza and burgers, and all artificially sweetened and flavored candies, cookies, ice-creams, and juices.
Many of these processed foods and drinks are specially manufactured with additives that make you get addicted to those foods very easily.
Many of these packaged and ready-to-eat processed foods contain excess trans-fats and refined cooking oils from seeds and vegetables.
Most of the sweetened foods and drinks are full of added sugar like sucrose, fructose corn syrups, and other forms of high-calorie sugars which are really bad for health in the long run.
You need to avoid all these toxic foods and drinks as much as possible if you want to be healthy and fit until grand old age. Never get addicted to any kind of drug abuse, tobacco, or alcoholic drinks for the sake of your good health.
4. Proper Sleep And Rest
The busy life schedule with long hours of daily work and stressful life has made us deprived of sufficient sleep.
These days increasingly more and more people are sacrificing sleep for the sake of long hours of social media engagement and gaming.
Sleep deprivation is a big threat to health as it can give rise to fatal health issues like obesity, heart diseases, and stroke.
It is actually during sleep hours the body recuperates and gets actively involved in the body cells’ growth and regeneration.
Every adult person requires a minimum of 7 hours of continuous sleep, but 8 to 9 hours of sleep is the best for the good health of the body and mind.
Sleep helps to improve memory and relieve stress and tension.
People with sleep apnea should seek medical help to cure this health disorder.
If you are finding it difficult to get good sleep, the following tips might help you:-
- Have a fixed time for retiring to bed and waking up every day.
- Avoid having too much caffeine intake or smoking especially within 2 hours before retiring to bed.
- Make your bedroom pitch-dark and soundproof (if noise issues exist)
- Do a minimum of 30 minutes of intense workout every day.
5. Get Rid Of Stress And Tension
All your best diets and workouts will turn out to be futile if you are under constant stress and anxiety.
Good mental health with a peaceful and relaxed mind is essential for the good health of the body and mind.
The cortisol levels would increase as you get more and more stressed out; this will produce serious adverse effects on metabolism. This also causes increased belly fat accumulation and continuous carving for snacking on junk foods. The result of all these is the development of multiple diseases in you.
In fact, as per some of the health study reports, severe psychological depression caused by excess stress is a serious health issue faced by many people these days.
If you are stressed, you need to identify the reasons that make you stressed and try overcoming the same.
Make your life simple and focus on your strengths than weaknesses. Stress is removable through good daily sleep, meditation, yoga exercises, and engaging in entertaining past-time activities with your family or friends.
If you are extremely stressed, you should better take the help of a well-trained psychologist to sort out your problem.
Many days of continuous stress will make you physically sick and mentally tired. For good health, you must relax and enjoy yourself a lot more than being stressed.
The Bottom Line
Mindless dieting or the use of health supplements is not the way to achieve good health.
You can enjoy good health of body and mind only when you have balanced and nutritious natural diets, enough sleep and rest, free of toxic foods and habits, free of excess tension and stress, and by engaging in regular physical exercises.
Adopting a healthy and comfortable lifestyle throughout your life will matter a lot in staying healthy and fit always.