It is a well-known fact that drinking water, getting eight hours of sleep every day, and regularly exercising are at the core of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, improving deteriorating mental and physical health goes beyond these simple actions and often requires digging deeper.
From cutting down on foods high in sugar and carbs to getting a regular report of your physical health, you need to adopt a few simple—often overlooked—habits to experience changes in your health.
A few components of adopting a healthy lifestyle could be mindful eating, physical activity, mental stimulation, and tracking your medical records.
Regardless of age, gender, and working options, you can apply these unique ways to boost your health in no time.
Let’s take a detailed look at how these factors lay down the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle:
Mindful eating focuses on the quality and quantity of meals you are eating. Unlike dieting, you don’t have to starve yourself or stave off certain foods to maintain a healthy weight. Moreover, the word “dieting” is negatively associated with cutting down on foods, so why not replace it with a more intelligent way of healthy eating that takes less effort. The aim is to appreciate the experience of eating and the food in front of you. Studies show that mindful eating not only promotes healthy living but can also help you lose weight and maintain your BMI.
One aspect of mindful eating includes cutting down on dining out—particularly the junk food—and redirecting your efforts towards making homemade meals. Cooking for yourself can be therapeutic, not to mention cost-effective and inspirational. However, that’s not the best part!
Cooking for yourself gives you the ability to experiment with new cuisines, gives you more control over your diet—allowing you to incorporate personal preferences or spice levels—,and instills a sense of achievement.
Intermittent fasting—a popular way of reducing the number of meals you eat per day—also falls under the umbrella of mindful eating. It focuses on when to eat rather than what to eat, preparing your body to improve metabolism through increased endurance.
Several intermittent fasting methods and models split the day or week into eating and fasting times. You can choose any of them according to your routine. So the good news is you do not need to give up on your favorite foods.
The second more significant thing when improving your overall health is conditioning your mind to become more active. Anything from investing in education to learning new professional skills or including leisurely activities in your daily routine can facilitate mental stimulation. This keeps your brain in shape, increases the blood flow and feeds nutrients to the brain.
For mental stimulation, you can opt for the following:
- Go for long walks
- Be social physically rather than digitally
- Play some mind-stretching indoor games
- Join a short-term course
- Use your head rather than google or calculator
- Learn critical thinking skills
Picking a Hobby
Having a hobby that you love can have immeasurable positive effects on your mental and physical health. The time will pass quickly, and you will be more focused on the hobby you cherish instead of overthinking, indulging in self-destructing activities or eating mindlessly out of boredom.
When picking a hobby, consider a few things.
1. Think about what you used to enjoy as a kid and start there
2. Modify your hobby to incorporate new interests, trends and technologies
3. Do not be afraid of trying out entirely new things but always start with what you know and have been passionate about
4. Think of anything you might find interesting and start doing it. See how long it lasts to check whether it is your real hobby or not.
There is no limit to the simple ways to boost your health and improve your lifestyle. It can be a simple walk to a friend’s house or preparing weekly meals at home. It’s the unnoticeable and minor changes that extend some extraordinary health benefits, so take the next step to change your life and never look back.