During the last decade, the health experts at Apollo Hospitals have seen a distinct shift regarding how people are making a conscious effort to live healthily. This healthy living involves people taking better care of their bodies in how, and what, they eat, as well as the regularity of exercise they are able to achieve daily. As well, thanks to the internet and TV there is the circulation of inspiring weight loss stories and how people have changed their lives for the better by living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
We at Apollo Hospitals are here to tell you that achieving a healthy lifestyle is not as difficult as it may seem. The key to beginning your journey to a healthy lifestyle is to make a small change every day and then build on those changes until your goal is met. If you’re unsure of where to begin, we suggest following these handy tips, and you will soon find yourself on the road to your peak health and a lifestyle you will enjoy.
- 30 Minutes Exercise
The number of minutes of exercise that you should be aiming for per day is 30. Now, the first image that may enter your mind is running for 30 minutes. However, this is not your only option. Health experts at Apollo Hospitals suggest starting with less strenuous activities such as walking, stretching, and power walking. The most important thing for people to do is to move around for a consecutive 30 minutes per day. When you are comfortable working out, challenge yourself and add more to your workout.
- Well-Balanced Diet
Our nutritionists at Apollo Hospitals endorse the notion that the key to excellent health is enjoying a balanced, healthy diet. Having a healthy diet entails lots of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. For people who are just beginning a new healthy diet, it is important to read labels and to be aware of the amount of salt, sugar, and fat that is in foods so as to not derail their good intentions. A healthy diet does not mean that you cannot indulge, but it does mean that you cannot indulge as often. Everything in moderation is the way to go!
- Don’t Smoke!
In today’s world not smoking seems like an obvious health recommendation. However, if you are a smoker, we would heavily encourage you to try and quit this unhealthy habit. There is no need to list all the various reasons but quitting smoking is essential for your overall health, but we can suggest some different methods for quitting. If going “cold turkey” doesn’t appeal to you, we would advise that you try to cut down gradually, simply having one less cigarette per week until you stop completely. It will surprise you how much healthier you will start to feel as your tobacco intake decreases.
- Monitor Your Alcohol Consumption
Overindulging in alcohol is not uncommon, and not always something a person realises that they are doing. Aside from the problems it can cause your liver over time, the amount of calories alone can cause you problems. The amount of calories in alcohol is often not considered by people who are drinking, yet, they are just as prominent in your diet as food. It’s amazing how easy it is to drink your calories for the day without even realizing you’ve done so. So we suggest a little experiment: for one week don’t have any alcohol and record your results. Questions to ask yourself after the experiment are: Do you notice any difference in your overall feelings of health? Perhaps your skin is clearer all of a sudden? Is your concentration better? Are you sleeping better? All in all, alcohol in moderation is fine, but it is important to be aware of the amount you are consuming so that it does not affect your health.
- Wear Sunscreen
It is amazing how sometimes the smallest changes are beneficial to your overall health. Sunscreen plays an important part in your health. Applying sunscreen daily should be a part of your morning routine, even if it isn’t particularly hot out. The minute the rays of the sun hit your skin, regardless of temperature, it can have an ill effect on your skin over time. If you live in a particularly hot and sunny place it is recommended to stay out of direct sunlight between the hours of 11am and 3pm, but when you have to be outside be sure to apply your sunscreen liberally!
- Maintain A Regular Sleeping Pattern
Our health experts at Apollo hospitals have noted that it is vital that you maintain a regular sleep schedule to stay healthy. Your mind and body need time to rest and recharge after a day in your new healthy lifestyle, or a tiring day at work. A good metaphor for the need of proper sleep is the battery of a cell phone. If you leave the house in the morning with only 10 percent of battery your phone will likely be dead by noon. This analogy parallels your body’s need for sleep and recharging. Make sure your body, like your cell phone, gets the regular overnight charge that it needs in order to get you through the day with ease and comfort.
This concludes our simple, yet effective, list of tips on beginning a new and healthy lifestyle. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel by implementing these simple health tips. Who knows, maybe your newfound healthy lifestyle will inspire you and your family to take up even more activities!