Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym lifting weights and eating boiled food. Leading a healthy lifestyle is about making the right choices and taking a balanced and realistic approach towards health.
Let’s discuss 9 ways that will help you find a healthy balance in life:
1) Focus on self-care:-
Leading a healthy life starts with listening to your body and focusing on self-care. Every morning, spend 20-30 minutes on activities you like- be it meditation, yoga, running or a walk in the park. When you start your day by doing the things you love, you become happier and it helps you make healthy choices throughout the day. Also, positive mood helps boost your productivity and lowers stress levels.
2) Avoid looking down at your phone:-
When you look down at your phone, you’re putting over 60 pounds of pressure on your cervical spine (neck). (Source:https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/texting-spine_n_6185692)Frequently looking down at your smartphone also leads to poor posture. Make sure that you are holding your phone straight in front of you.
3) Stay mentally active:-
Mentally stimulating leisure activities, such as playing board games, solving puzzles, reading, and learning a new skill have powerful effects on brain health.
4) View symptoms as your body’s warning messages:-
Symptoms, even the ones that may seem trivial, are your body’s way of saying something is not right. For instance, excessive thirst and frequent urination may be the symptoms of type-2 Diabetes. Consult your doctor immediately if you think your body is sending you warning messages.
5) Stay happy:-
Your emotional health determines your physical health. Devote time to connect with the things in life that make you happy. Ayurveda says our attitude and behaviour lead us to sustained happiness. Here are some scientifically proven behaviours and activities that promote happiness:
a. Random acts of kindness improve our mood and positively affect our overall well-being(Source: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/best-way-to-boost-mood_us_571bacefe4b0d4d3f7238dc4)
b. Interacting with a wide network of people (Source: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167214529799?view=long&pmid=19056788&)
c. Regular physical activity (for even 10 minutes a day) can have a positive impact on one’s mood(Source:
6) Read nutrition labels before making your purchase:-
Don’t buy food items without reading nutrition labels. When shopping for food items, read nutrition labels and choose the ones that are low on trans-fat, sodium, cholesterol, and added sugar.
7) Set realistic goals:-
Far-fetched health goals won’t do you any good. Bigger health goals are hard to achieve and can only demotivate you. Instead, focus on setting realistic and achievable goals. For example, rather than setting a goal to lose 10 Kgs in a month, focus on exercising regularly and making your meals healthy by choosing fresh vegetables, fruits, lean fish, and meat.
8) Track your progress:-
It can be hard to stay motivated when you’re not seeing any health progress. Make sure to track your progress even in the smallest ways possible. For example, your body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels are measurable quantities. Monitor them weekly or monthly to keep track of how you’re progressing.
9) Discover your Dosha:-
Ayurveda works on the principle that we all fall into one of the three types or Combinations of Doshas or body types, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Consult an Ayurvedic doctor to discover your Dosha. Ayurveda offers a holistic and tailored way of achieving your health goals. To know how Pankajakasthuri creates safe and effective remedies using basic principles of Ayurveda, visit http://www.pankajakasthuri.in/profile
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