Enjoying a long and healthy life is a goal most would like to achieve. The truth is, to understand the secrets of staying healthy, we just have to use common sense and commit to making the lifestyle changes needed. We have a choice about what we do each day, the food we eat and what we drink, the activities we take part in and the way we interact with others.
For further clarification, this article will reveal the top five secrets to living a healthy life without spending a fortune.
Secret #1 – The food you eat
Eating habits are formed in early childhood and this sets the pattern for life unless we make a choice to do things differently. Some children are told to “clean their plates” and many forget to listen to their body’s signal telling them they are full. Many of us will eat until we feel stuffed as a consequence which leads to weight gain. Eating less is a good step to take and ideally you should aim to eat until you feel about 80% full.
What we eat is important too as so many chemicals and artificial ingredients are added to food. These ingredients can affect the body and some can even contribute to the development of disease. Avoiding processed foods is a key to good health.
A plant-based diet consisting of whole grains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds is a simple way to eat and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function. If you reduce the amount of meat you consume and remove processed or refined foods from your diet, then you will also reduce food costs too.
Secret #2 – Stay active
Engaging in moderate activity is one of the best things you can do for your body and taking a brisk walk or tending your garden regularly can be very beneficial. As well as helping to control weight, exercise is important for posture, stamina, brain function and well-being too.
You need to discuss suitable exercise solutions with your doctor beforehand as you should make sure that you are able to perform the exercise safely and may need to take into consideration any other health issues that you may have to deal with.
Secret #3 — Reduce stress
Some stress is good for us, the kind that motivates and inspires has a positive impact on life and helps us to achieve. Some stress however can be bad for health and can cause life debilitating conditions like depression and anxiety.
Take time for your personal well-being, engage in yoga or meditation, deep breathing exercises or whatever it is you enjoy will ensure you balance your stress levels as well as making sure you get enough sleep which is vital to ensure your body gets enough rest.
Secret #4 – Stay connected
Maintaining a connection with friends and family as well as developing relationships, having love, affection and companionship is extremely. It’s not just about being in the same house as your family, but about really connecting and spending quality time together.
We often know more about what’s happening in the world than what’s happening in our own homes so turn off your phone, computer, tablet and other gadgets and spend some time with your family, make eye contact, hug, talk, laugh together and build memories.
Secret #5 – Be yourself
Many of us fall into the trap of being a people pleaser, we agree to things we don’t really want to do because we worry about disappointing someone else or we continue in a job we hate because that’s what we trained to do and we don’t have the courage to try something else.
You do not have to apologize for who you are but we do need to provide for, and take care of ourselves and the ones we love. You should never do something you don’t want to do and you should never be in a career, position or situation that makes you feel depressed and hopeless.
Living a healthy life is about living authentically and being true to yourself. Listen to what your body tells you and take care of its needs, but also listen to what your heart tells you and become self-aware of your own direction and desires.
The secrets above don’t cost the earth, in fact most of them are free and provide a starting point for your journey to a long and healthy life. You may just discover some secrets of your own but the truth is, none of us know how long we have on this Earth so it’s important to make every day count.