Many people know what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle, but not many people always implement these practices. It’s understandable because circumstances aren’t always ideal, but it’s still important to try and become educated on what it truly means to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are four things that we all should strive to do when trying to live healthily.
1: Drinking Water
The benefits of drinking water go far beyond just staying hydrated. Our bodies are made up of 60% of water, so it’s an essential part of our lives. It helps with brain function, relieves constipation, and helps relieve kidney stones, probably due to the fact that it helps keep everything flowing and flushes toxins out of the body.
Unfortunately, many people don’t always get the correct amount of water needed, and some people don’t even enjoy drinking water. Luckily, there are ways to improve the taste of water for those who don’t enjoy it, and it offers the same health benefits, if not more. Infused water is water that contains fruit, vegetables, and/or herbs inside of it, enhancing the flavor, and also providing the nutrients that are provided by the foods infused in the water. Infusing water is also known to increase people’s water intake, due to the refreshing taste.
2: Eating a Healthy, Balanced Diet
To virtually everyone, it’s obvious that a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways (there are exceptions) of staying healthy, but it’s not always obvious as to what is healthy and balanced. An example is the trend of following a fat-free diet, but that isn’t always ideal because some fats are healthy and necessary. Also, everyone’s body is different, meaning that not everyone responds in the same way to the same nutritional plans, with some diets being more effective for some people than others. It’s hard to assign a “one diet fits all” plan to everyone, but the key thing to remember that pretty much works well for everyone (to be healthy, not necessarily lose weight), is to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, and other foods that contain essential nutrients.
This is another no-brainer when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, but like eating a healthy diet, exercising is and should be different for everyone. Of course, everyone can benefit from being active, but being active doesn’t mean that you have to run a marathon. Being active can simply mean taking a short walk every day, or even taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Again, there is no one exercise program that benefits everyone, and it’s actually dangerous for beginners who have never attempted to work out before. For some people, the simplest exercises are not only the most effective but the safest form of exercise.
Many people may not know it, but lack of sleep has a negative effect on your body if you’re trying to lose weight. Poor sleeping habits can negatively impact your health in several different ways. It’s already known that not getting enough sleep each night can cause physical issues, but it can cause mental issues as well. These can be things like memory loss and mood changes.
Sleep disorders can also make it very hard to sleep, which still has a negative impact on health. For example, insomnia (inability to fall asleep at/stay asleep during the night) can cause drowsiness during the day; narcolepsy causes random patterns of sleep, which can be particularly dangerous for anyone who spends the majority of their time outside of a bed; and sleep apnea (interrupted breathing patterns during sleep) which may require the use of a special device called a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, the latter solution has been known to cause respiratory issues, rather than helping with breathing.
It’s always a good idea to consult with your primary care physician when it comes to starting a specific diet or exercise program. It’s also important to talk with your doctor if you’re having any issues with sleeping.