Staying healthy is often advocated as a goal you should achieve in your life, but it is so important to understand that it is not a goal or a target that you accomplish; healthy is a way of living. You should take care of your body because it is the only place you live in. You should create healthy habits, not put restrictions on yourself. Then how do you achieve a healthy life? Does it always mean eating the right things or managing your weight? No, you should have a positive outlook to life, have a peace of mind, engage yourself in meaningful activities, and feel enthusiastically about each day! Healthy living is not something that can be dictated, you should feel it to be an inseparable part of your daily routine. You should not engage yourself in short term diets, but in long term lifestyle changes. Let us see the minor changes that can steer your life into a positive direction and push you ahead towards a healthy lifestyle.
10. Every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.
Organization is a skill which has the ability to take you a long way. Day-to-day organizations are sure to help you execute your actions in a systematic and orderly manner. Staying organised may sound boring but it can be made fun too. Maintaining to-do lists from the beginning of the day help you stay focused for the rest of the day. Keeping a check-list gives you a sense of satisfaction and pushes you forward to get the little boxes ticked off as soon as is possible. It helps you get a clearer idea and chalk out the day without any hassle. Also, it is sure to save a lot of your valuable time.
9. No man is really happy or safe without a hobby.
Taking up new hobbies every now and then, learning new things, they serve to expand your creative outlook and keep you active at the same time. You could learn two to three different things in a year, be it drumming, swimming, pottery or painting. This will allow you to keep yourself extremely active and increase the range of your knowledge. This is one of the ideal ways to approach healthy living. The monotony of everyday life is sure to exhaust you or drive you to boredom. New hobbies allow you to have a positive change in your life and also, learn various aspects that life has to offer.
8. Appreciate good people, they are hard to come by!
It is of utmost importance to associate yourself with good company as it helps you build a positive mindset. We should always try to abstain from people who send out negative vibes or make us doubt our decisions in life. Good company is a way to mental peace and a better lifestyle. This minor change can very well direct your life towards goodness. It is always better to socialise with like-minded people, because they will, invariably, have a positive impact on your life by boosting your confidence. Further, you need not always agree to your peer, the respect you have for him/her invokes a sense of solidarity to the cause, benefiting you in the process.
7. Cultivate the seeds of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening at the present moment around us. It is always better to have an overall knowledge of the on-goings of life as it will enable you to have a clearer mindset. How should you practice mindfulness then? It is easily attained by reading self-improvement books that will enrich your knowledge. Spending some quality time with yourself will also allow you to open the gates of your mind wide open. This way you can adapt to your surroundings and have a proper sense of wholeness. This sense of wholeness will drive you to a better and healthier lifestyle.
6. Meal-prep is the new fast food!
Prepping your meal at the beginning of the week, preferably on Sundays, will serve you in more than one way. Firstly, it will help you save a lot of time that you usually waste in planning meals everyday. Secondly, you can eat healthy all week long without any hassle. Meal-prep keeps you aware of your calorie intake and also keeps your health in check. It will allow you to have a variety in food for the whole week, rather than preparing the leftovers from previous night or taking the easier route, eating out.
5. Don’t eat less, eat right!
What exactly does eating right mean? It means you eat food that has a lot of nutrients that help function your body. There should be a proper balance among vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is undesirable to go on a diet and binge eat on only fruits or only proteins. That path will surely lead you no where good. It is a huge misconception people have that if you eat less, you will stay thin and healthy. Eating less and not having your fill will only make you weak and less immune. It is ideal to eat the right kind of balanced food at small intervals.
4. Thousands have lived without love, but not without water.
There is no way to describe exactly how important and necessary water is for the functioning of human body. It is said that one should have at least 8 glasses of water everyday. But there is no limit to the amount of water intake you should have. Have as much water as you possibly can, it works the same way fuel works for a car. It regulates your body temperature, helps you digest your food properly and also leads to clearer skin. This is a minor lifestyle change but it will drive you to a healthier life.
3. Focus on health, not on weight.
A simple physical workout is the way to a healthy living. Workout does not always mean going to the gym and drenching yourself in sweat. A good 40-minute walk or 10 minutes spent on skipping and stretching or cycling to the grocery shop near your house, these are all various ways in which you can have a proper healthy workout. It is so important that you understand the difference between getting healthy and getting thin. It is not necessary to think of reducing weight by strenuous exercise and diets; staying fit does not necessarily mean getting thin.
2. Eating at the right time is a form of self-love.
It is always undesirable to skip meals. Breakfast is undeniably, the most important meal of one’s life, and it is also the meal we always tend to skip. We should give ourselves ample time in the morning so that we can have our breakfast before leaving for work. As the saying goes, one should have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. It is also necessary to know when you should have your meals. Breakfast should ideally be taken before 9 am, lunch should be taken within 1 pm, and dinner within maximum 8.30 pm. There should be in-between meals which will help in proper bodily functions.
1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed!
It almost sounds silly to ask someone to make their bed after they get up. Making your own bed will allow you to start off your day on a positive and organised note. There is a sense of satisfaction in seeing a properly tucked-in bed-sheet and arranged pillows. This is an extremely minor change you can make which will enable you to go forward towards a very healthy lifestyle with a clear, focused and systematic mindset. Furthermore, at the end of a long, hard day, it’s always infinitely more desirable to come home to a properly made bed than a messy one. It makes you feel more entitled to a good night’s sleep after your day’s toil.
As a result, you will have done something in your present for which the future-you will thankful. It is natural to have some people around who might question or mock your way of living, but as the saying goes, first they ask you ‘why you did it?’ and later they ask you ‘how you did it?’. At the end, it all comes down to how much you prioritize yourself; love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle!