Many people talk about it but only few understand what it actually means, to live a healthy lifestyle. Wikipedia defines it as follows: “A healthy lifestyle is one which helps to keep and improve people's health and well-being. Many governments and non-governmental organizations work at promoting healthy lifestyles. They measure the benefits with critical health numbers, including weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol.” It is something that exceeds a diet and exercising and works towards a better future and improving oneself. The WHO also includes social activity in their definition. So, let’s take a look at some factors that play a role in a healthy lifestyle and what we can do to improve our life.
Firstly, it is important to know that a healthy lifestyle is not something that can be achieved over night. It is crucial to make it a habit over time. Most people fail because of a lack of discipline or because they try to do too much at once. Keep in mind that this is a lifelong challenge, a marathon and not a sprint or a “summer project”. The effort will not pay off right away, but eventually you will feel the change in your state of mind.
But what are the main components of a healthy lifestyle?
Physical exercise, a balanced diet, social activity, mental balance, free time,sex and good quality sleep are all part of it. As we already discussed the benefits of combining physical exercise with a balanced diet, we will focus on the other factors today.
Social activity or your social life is a fundamental aspect of your health. As many of us have experienced this year during lockdowns, social isolation can lead to a deterioration of our physical and mental health, sometimes even irreversibly. Being happy with others and sharing good moments is essential for us as individuals.
Mental balance does not only refer to mental illness, but also to the state of emotional and psychological well-being. Without a good mental health, we cannot maintain or develop cognitive skills, social relations, or cope with challenges in our daily life.
Free time is an important factor for a work-life balance. Make sure to enjoy the free time you have and to spend it in a pleasant way doing things you love to do or always wanted to do. How about buying a cheap guitar online and learn how to play it?
Sex is very healthy for our cardiovascular system; it helps us to relax and blow off some steam. And of course, it is fun.
Good quality sleep is essential in a healthy life and we cannot stress enough how important it is to not sacrifice it. The amount of sleep a person requires varies but do yourself a favor and do not sleep less than seven hours. Most doctors suggest eight hours per night. This much sleep will help you rest and give you enough energy for the next day.
What are the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle?
To start with the most obvious: You feel great! Your body and your mind will have more freedom to do great things. With that your overall performance will increase and your level of fatigue will be reduced. It also helps your decision making since you have a better mental balance and a healthier mind. Furthermore, the risk of injuries and disease goes down.
Many people confuse living a healthy life with being a slave to a diet or exercise routine. To think of it like that is a big mistake. It is an investment in your future self and towards a higher quality of living.