You have always wanted to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. But ended up being confused most of the time. I know it feels overwhelming at the beginning, and sometimes even in the middle of the transformation. But you should never allow yourself to step back or fear the change. As a beginner, you might want to begin by taking one step at a time to achieve your health goals.
In this article, I will guide you in making small changes in your lifestyle that will eventually make a big impact on your overall health. Let’s get started.
1. Fix a sleep schedule
Sleep is an essential part of our health and we shouldn’t neglect it. Every day, try going to bed and getting up at the same time. This has been proven to be beneficial when it comes to managing your overall health. Studies say being consistent with your sleep timing allows your body to adapt physiologically.
With regularity in your sleep cycle, you are more likely to experience higher levels of calmness and improved work performance. On the other side, being irregular affects your health negatively and might cause hormonal imbalances.
2. Make time for exercise
You know very well that exercise is good for your body. But do you know that it reduces stress and helps you sleep better too?
People who exercise regularly tend to feel more energetic throughout the day. They feel more relaxed, more positive about themselves and their lives. If you can’t go to the gym every day, no problem. Just make time for an intense 30-min bodyweight workout at your home.
Regular exercise can have a profound impact on your overall health. You just have to make up your mind and stick to a daily schedule.
3. Drink water the right way
Are you drinking water the right way or at the right time? If not, then now is the right time to start.
- Sit down while drinking water: Always sit down when you’re going to drink water. Drinking while standing may disrupt the balance of fluids in the body. On the other hand, drinking while sitting helps relax your nervous system.
- First thing in the morning: According to Ayurveda, drinking water first thing in the morning help flushing out toxins from the body. It is a great way to cleanse the system and get rid of many forthcoming diseases.
- Half an hour before a meal: It helps in the digestion. Avoid drinking water while having your meal or just after finishing it to make room for proper absorption of nutrients.
4. Make better food choices
You are what you eat. And your health is defined by the food choices you make every single day. The best practice is to combine healthy food options from different food groups while paying attention to your calorie intake. Here’s what you can begin with.
- Cut sugar and salt: When it comes to healthy eating, you need to give your taste buds time to adjust. Start by cutting down the quantity of sugar and salt you consume in a day. Taking too much salt can cause electrolyte imbalance. Also, our body can itself break down the carbs we consume into sugar to make energy. Hence, it’s unnecessary to include sugary products into your diet. And given the fact how addictive sugar and salt can be, we need to be getting less of it.
- Eat more raw veggies: Vegetables often have fewer calories and are filled with healthy nutrients. Hence, the majority of our dining plates should be packed with vegetables. You can also add them to your salads. A study found that people who consume produce in its natural states have higher levels of well-being.
- Avoid processed food: While you should cut down on salt and sugar, it is equally important to avoid processed and packaged foods too. Relying on these items when hungry can do more harm to your body than good.
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5. Replace latte with black coffee
A lot of people I know are addicted to caffeine. Many of them have this habit of visiting fancy cafes like Starbucks every other day. A Starbucks or Barista latte is loaded with calories which you should generally avoid. Also, it costs a lot more than a simple black coffee that you can have at your place.
Sure it is okay to hang out with friends or colleagues once in a while. But, you must be cautious about what and how much you should consume too.
What I also mean to say here is, avoid spending your money at crappy, fancy dinners and cafes. Instead, invest more of your savings on buying healthy groceries and stuff. You will thank me later.
6. Meditate for your well-being
Meditation or being mindful has been proven to help people deal with a variety of psychological issues. But, do you know it benefits our bodies too?
Studies say that meditation can protect your brain from cognitive decline, as well as help you manage chronic pain in a healthier way. Many doctors are now suggesting doing meditation with evidence-based medical treatments. This is because it acts as a powerful additional support to the recovery process.
You can learn more about how mind-body medicine improves health in this article.
Hello reader, I’m Abhishek Shankhwar, a passionate health enthusiast and a digital marketer by profession. As a health and wellness writer, I feel obligated to inform, inspire, and reach out to so many people. In the meantime, you’ll always find me reading books, writing inspiring content, and cooking delicious food. Connect with me on LinkedIn.