Our health and longevity in this world are subject to the way in which we live our lives. A simple cause and effect model explains that if we put bad things into our bodies, then we get bad things out of our bodies. It is a pretty simple concept, but self-discipline is a whole other beast.
Our ability to have choices seems to overcomplicate things, and there is where we find our challenge. Living healthy requires much more than just a balanced diet. Take a moment to read over this brief synopsis of a few of the top tips to keep our bodies tip top.
Relax but avoid over indulgence
Relaxation is a fundamental element of longevity in life, but moderation is crucial. Living a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our health, so balance is important. It is safe to say that we all could use a week of vacation every year, but there are many other ways to find time to relax.
Take everyday relaxation practices and spice them up a bit. For example, take a walk. Instead of walking forward, as we normally do, try walking sideways. Not only will this method work a new set of muscles, but it gives a new perspective.
Eat a healthy diet
A diet filled with a whole bunch of fruits and veggies is always an easy go-to way of eating. Eat small meals every three to four hours. Keep meals low in saturated fat, low in sodium, and high in dietary fiber. Nuts and dried fruits are always safe and healthy.
Train the household to “86” salting their meals after preparation, and cut down on portion size if weight is an issue. Also, make sure to drink two to three liters of water per day to keep the body’s internal organs functioning with ease.
Exercise regularly but get creative
As long as a person is getting their booty moving for at least an hour every day, they are getting enough exercise, but it has to be an activity that raises the heart rate. Cardio activity is necessary for maintaining a healthy heart. The heart is a muscle. It needs to be worked.
If visiting the gym is not the family’s idea of fun, get creative with exercise. Play a game of basketball. A game of kickball in the backyard is a great way to get people moving.
Make time for sleeping
Sleep is critical to the body’s function. A lack of sleep is far more detrimental than most people understand. Without proper sleep, the mind loses cognitive abilities. Long-term sleep deprivation can lower the body’s immunity capabilities. Try to achieve a solid 6-10 hours a night of restful sleep for maximum health.
Learn healthy coping mechanisms
There is no way to deny that we all run into tough situations from time to time. The way in which we deal with our emotions and all the residual effects of the situation is what really matters. Find a healthy outlet for negative emotions.