08 SEPTEMBER 2018

7 lifestyle changes you need to make to lead a healthier life

Summary: Your lifestyle and health go hand in hand. What you eat or what you do holds the key to what you eventually become. So make some positive lifestyle changes and see your health bloom!

Do you feel tired all day without having done much physical activity?

Do you notice yourself huffing and puffing after climbing up only a few steps?

Have you been gaining inches around your waist year after year?

Well, if your answer is in the affirmative to the aforementioned questions, then it’s time you begin to make changes to your lifestyle, or else your health is doomed! The answer to a healthier life depends on four things namely, your genes, what you eat, physical routine and lifestyle choices. While the genes part is not in your hands, the remaining three aspects can certainly be tamed, provided you set your heart to it! Here are 7 lifestyle changes to begin with to lead to a healthier life:

1. The Preparation: Time to Get Started

Alright, we agree that life is too fast paced but there’s always some room for a quick session with your doctor. You’re not a medic, so there are chances that you might end up ignoring some symptoms or medical conditions. Therefore, it is advisable to visit you local physician, dentist or homeopath regularly.

Get regular checkups and tests done at a trusted pathology lab to begin with. You can also take regular measurements at home, such as weight, waist size and BMI with an online calculator. Start keeping a weekly track of these by maintaining a small notebook and if you notice any drastic changes, then visit the doc immediately.

2. The Diet Plan: Eat The Right Stuff

There’s an old saying - “What you eat is what you become”. So, keeping a strict on what is goes into your system is a must. In fact, diet forms one of the most important points when we talk about 7 lifestyle changes to healthier life.

Devise a proper diet chart not just for the whole week but for each and every day. Yeah, we know you like watching your favorite show while eating!) but this is just not the right way! Enjoy your meal, give it your full focus, let your taste buds tingle and let the goodness reach your body.

Moreover, you must have a well-balanced diet that includes all the major food groups and nutrients. You also need to keep an eye on the proportions you eat, so that you get the optimum amount of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fibers. Meat, fruits, dairy products and health supplements (as prescribed by the doctor) all add to a healthier being.

3. Water: The Wonder Liquid

So how much water did you have today? Do you know that an average person should consume about a gallon or 8-13 glasses of water every day? The human body is made up of water and loss of water or dehydration may lead to many chronic issues like headaches, fatigue, and dizziness.

Water not only keeps us hydrated but is also responsible for many processes taking place inside the body. If you find it hard to drink plain water, try to increase your intake of liquids like coconut water, juices, soups etc.

Also, the more water you have, the more sweat you will produce while doing physical activity. Sweating is a great way to detoxify the body and feel good.

4. Avoid Alcohol, Soda & Sugary Drinks

If you have been thinking of leading a healthy life, then you've got to kick alcohol, soda, and sugary drinks out of your system. Consumption of large quantities of alcohol in any form can prove harmful for your liver and kidneys in the long run and cause and excessive weight gain. The same goes for soda and sugary drinks as well.

An average cola bottle contains about 16 spoons of sugar!... Now you get it, eh?

5. Physical Activity: Time to Workout

Engaging in physical activities is a great way to improve your health. Not only does it improve your physical health but also has a significant positive impact on your mental health too. There are numerous activities that you can do, that too without having to compromise on the ‘fun quotient’.

You can go to a gym with your best buddy, walk about a mile with your pooch, ride a cycle in morning or evening, enjoy a power packed Zumba session, an elegant ballet session or a peaceful yoga session. Remember to do regular cardio and strength training, as this reduces the chances of osteoporosis and also helps to build lean muscle.

There are a plethora of health benefits associated with physical activity. It improves your mood, ensures better and comfortable sleep, reduced the risk of chronic ailments, keeps a check on the weight and improves blood circulation.

6. See The Bright Side: Smile and Laugh More!

Stress is an inevitable part of our life. However, if not dealt with in the right manner, it can take its toll on our health. So unless you want to lose sleep over it or go down the depression route, learn to see the bright side of things.

Look for every reason possible to be happy and smile. Trust us, it can work wonders for your mental health! Stress, in fact, is known to lead to chronic health issues like headaches, depression, fatigue, diabetes and even heart attack.

So, listen to music, talk to a friend, run for a mile, swim or do just about anything that helps you calm down, release anxiety and stress.

7. Sleep Tight

Did you know, a prolonged period of sleep deprivation can increase the risk of heart and kidney ailments, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure? It can also lead to poor memory and concentration, fatigue, mood swings, poor physical coordination etc. So, would you still prefer regular late night parties over your sleep?... We would suggest otherwise!

No matter what, try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Our body needs its fair share of rest to repair and recharge itself. And sleeping does just that for us.

We know that “old habits die hard”, so lifestyle changes cannot be made overnight. But considering it is your own health at stake, you need to take the first step and persevere in your efforts to see a visible change in your health.

So, embrace the aforesaid 7 lifestyle changes and make a world of difference to your health!