Most people downplay the effect that your physical health has on your mental health. Sure most people would agree that if you are constantly stressed it will be detrimental to your body, for example accelerating the aging process,increasing your blood pressure and weakening your immune system.
So it would make sense that if you are happy then your positive mental health will effect your body in a positive way and vice versa.
Cliché as it is, but health is wealth. If all of your body systems are in good shape and in tiptop condition, there’s just nothing that you can’t do. You can get the job done and you can have fun after a hard day’s work without ailments getting in your way.
It all boils down to lifestyle. If you’re living a kind of life that upholds your well-being, you are going to be hale and hearty no matter what. What’s great is that you can start anytime you want to. You wouldn’t even need to pay for it.
Following are eight beneficial practices that could surely make you healthy. They don’t require that much effort on your part. As long as you’re all set and ready to take on the challenge, you’re good to go!
- Consume less sugar. This doesn’t mean that you got to stay away from anything sweet, but avoid foodstuff that have high fructose or white sugar content. They’re not the kinds of sugar that your body would ever need. Those only increase the risk of your acquiring health-related illnesses, and could also lead you to obesity. Munch on nuts, apples and carrots instead.
- Move! Exercising never gets old, does it? As you wake up in the morning, stretch those muscles out to get you all pumped up for the day. Spend at least 30 minutes daily by engaging even in light physical activities such as normal or brisk walking—just anything that could get your body moving. Or, if you’re more determined, make sure that you’re taking 10,000 steps a day. Notably, exercising makes you live four years longer!
- Binge not on TV. Spending the whole day in front of that wide, HD screen could only get the best of you. If you’re on some sort of TV marathon, you’re barely moving, which could eventually put your heath at risk. In a study conducted in 2010, you will be 46% nearer to death if you watched TV as often as four or more hours each day. So, turn that thing off and, maybe, do some yoga.
- Be afraid… be very afraid of the sun. Not really, but avoiding sunlight altogether could be the death of you. Too much of it would only give you wrinkles and that saggy skin you totally abhor. However sunlight is very good for your health in the right amounts, it gives you essential vitamin D which helps keep the blues away and keeps your immunity strong!
- Go see your doctor! Sometimes, you become overconfident that you no longer consider getting tested by a health specialist. That’s just a bad idea. The most important thing is for you to make sure that your body is free from diseases (which you can’t detect by simply looking at yourself in the mirror). Gift yourself with a colonoscopy or something. Go on regular check-ups. Again, just to make sure that your health is in awesome shape.
- Floss is boss. Don’t underestimate the power of an unassuming dental floss. There are harmful foreign elements that just can’t be put out by simple brushing. You got to be flossing for your dear life. It helps extinguish bacteria that have the capacity to go as far as your bloodstream and cause you heart illnesses or inflammation. Scary! Never activate your lazy bones so you could have the motivation to floss your way around after brushing your teeth. Everybody knows that it’s the only way you could do it.
- Too much drinking and smoking are a no-no. How many times should the word tell you this? Yes, they make you feel good. But, the real question is: Would alcohol and nicotine do you good in the long run? Hell no! self control is the key. Know when it’s already too much.
- Spread kindness. What’s that one feeling you get after you’ve carried out an act of generosity or compassion towards someone? You suddenly feel good, don’t you? If you don’t know it yet, hear this one out—igniting that goodness inside your heart actually makes you healthy. Talk about food for the soul!