1. healthy diet
A balance diet is an essential step towards healthy life. Eat at least three healthy and nutritious meals in a day and remember that dinner should not be the biggest meal. Most of your food consumption should include healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein-rich foods, healthy fats, and more. In addition, it is important to choose unprocessed whole foods. A well-balanced diet will help you get all the necessary nutrients.
2. Have a sound sleep
Sleep is important to improve your overall health and studies show that lack of sleep is related to many diseases including obesity and heart disease. A good, quality sleep is highly recommended for people of all ages as it improves your health in a much better way. You feel better both physically and mentally which in turn reduces your risk of various health problems down the line.
If you feel that you are having trouble getting enough sleep every night, there are several ways you can try to improve it:
- Avoid drinking coffee late in the day.
- Maintain your timetable for going to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
- Avoid artificial light and sleep in complete darkness
- Try to reduce the light in your house a few hours before bedtime.
Stress can have a negative effect on your health which can lead to weight gain and various diseases. There are many ways by which you can reduce stress such as exercise, nature walks and deep breathing techniques and meditation practice. If you are not able to handle your day-to-day life without being overly stressed, then consider seeing a psychologist.
4. Pay necessary attention to your mental health
In an attempt to focus on the physical aspects of healthy life, mental maintenance is usually a backseat. However, good mental health is equally important for your overall health. Do not forget that your mental health is the foundation of your overall health. It is very important to manage and evaluate your emotional health on a daily basis.
Exercise is a great way to keep you healthy and active. Studies have further proved the benefits of regular exercise. Exercise more than three times a week can help improve longevity and overall health. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of exercise each week or at least three times an week.
Remember, workouts have to be fun and you should enjoy your workouts. Some fun physical activities include:
(Dr. Archana Dhawan practices obstetrics and gynecology at Bajaj Nurture IVF Center, New Delhi)
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