Health is wealth! And to maintain yours, here are our top 10 easy-to-follow health tips.
Eat right – eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a knave and dinner like a pauper.
Consult any nutritionist and she will give you the same advice. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and eating the right food is vital. It will provide energy for your everyday tasks. Dinner on the other hand, should be light so that it is digested easily. Another thing to remember is to avoid skipping meals. Starving yourself will not help; it will make your body weak and affect your health in the long run. (Read: Healthy breakfast ideas)
Go for regular health check-ups –Let no secrets come between you and your body.
Health check-ups are not just for old people. Everyone should get one complete body check-up done annually, to know if there is anything wrong with their body. Diagnosing a problem in its initial stage is always better. Another thing to do it to get health insurance once you start earning. You will be paying lesser premium for a good cover as you will be in a better state of health. (Read: 10 life-saving health tests you should take)
Exercise – Release happy hormones (endorphins) by engaging in regular physical activity.
The brain releases endorphins when we exercise and this not only makes us upbeat but also our body feels light and fresh. After sweating it out in the gym or playing a sport, we let go of toxins from our body. Regular exercise goes a long way in keeping various ailments at bay. (Read: How to fit exercise in your busy schedule)
Say no to red – Do not eat too much red meat.
Avoid eating too much red meat in your diet as it can lead to various health issues. Research shows that consuming too much red meat can up the risk of diabetes and heart disease. What’s also interesting is it shrinks the carbon footprint by 28 million tonnes every year. (Read: Eating red meat could kill you)
Watch your alcohol intake – Toast only on special occasions like your birthday or anniversary.
Alcohol has empty calories – every gram has about 7 calories and it’s easy to go overboard as it is a drink. So, instead of binge drinking every Friday, why not save it for special occasions? You can opt for fresh juices or lemonades in pubs. Or if you really have to drink, stick to one drink and sip on it slowly for it to last longer. (Read: More on how extensive drinking of alcohol can harm you)
Quit smoking – Kick the butt for better sex life, for slower ageing of skin, to prevent cancer.
Smoking surely affects various organs of your body but it can drastically affect your sex life. Getting an erection becomes difficult and smokers are more prone to impotence and erectile dysfunction. It also results in early appearance of wrinkles on the face and can also lead to mouth and lung cancer. (Read: Why you should quit smoking)
Start healthy – Begin your day with a glass of lukewarm water.
Drinking a glass of lukewarm water in the morning before you eat anything is good for your system as it helps in easing out bowel movements, flushes out toxins and also keeps your skin hydrated and supple. Warm water is better suited than cold or normal water as it is easy for the body to take in. You can add some honey in it too. (Read: Top 10 home remedies for constipation)
Workout ethics – Don’t exercise on an empty stomach.
No, you won’t lose more weight by exercising on an empty stomach. All you will feel is tired, de-energised and fatigued within a few minutes of your workout. You need to consume something before you exercise (with some gap between the two). This will add more stamina and energy and act like a fuel to your workout regimen. (Read: What to eat before and after workouts)
Stop stressing – Don’t worry, be happy.
This saying holds true in every scenario! Stress will not get you anywhere. You need to breathe and think with a calm mind than taking a bad decision in a hurry and regretting it later. Apart from these, stress also plays havoc with your health. It makes you overeat, and also results in panic attacks and some studies have linked it to heart disease as well.
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