5 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

There is something to be said about back pain you feel after tying your shoes when you’re only thirty-one, like yours truly. It doesn’t help that I go on about one hiking trip a year where I constantly get overtaken by octogenarians in tights (darn you, Gladys). So I’ve started doing some research on how to improve my health and stop embarrassing myself, instead of just sitting on the couch looking for Freaky Vegas coupon code online. Here’s what I’ve come across.

Exercise

It needed to be said. Yes, you need to exercise on a regular basis to be healthy. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to go pole-vaulting every Thursday. Start by taking a walk every day. Visit the pool now and again. If you’re not enthusiastic about working out, consider exercises that focus on stretching your body, like Tai Chi and Yoga. Your back and joints will certainly be grateful. Alternatively, go dancing or play some hoops with your friends. Just remember to stretch first.

Diet

Again, this doesn’t have to be the nightmare everyone expects it to be. I have always enjoyed meals that would make my arteries scream. That only means that I have to eat smaller portions and/or add a few veggies to them. Try gradually shifting your diet towards something more balanced, making sure you include protein, vitamins, and fibers. Boiled is better than fried. Supplements are a must if your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to cook and eat nutritious meals. At the risk of TMI, I am now regular, less cranky, and more rested overall. Food for thought (sorry).

Sleep

A healthy human adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep every day. Forget that the company will fall apart without you if it is you who is actually falling apart. Coffee and power naps are great for deadlines but catastrophic for your health. Don’t watch TV or play with your phone before you go to sleep, as the light will keep you awake. A good night’s sleep is worth more than a gallon of coffee.

Meditation

I’ve mentioned Yoga before, but there are many exercise programs and lifestyle choices that focus on the benefits of meditation. Mediation is a great way to keep your mind from panicking and making mistakes. Once you master the basics of it, you will be able to approach problems with a cool head, leading to less stress and better life management. There are many different ways of doing meditation, but, for starters, try finding a quiet place and emptying your mind. Do it for a few seconds or minutes at a time and you should be able to see the benefits within a couple of weeks.

Moderate Your Vices

If you can’t stop smoking, limit it. Do the same for drinking as well. I understand that it might be your way of dealing with what life throws at you, but these things take a toll on your heart. As this is not new information, there is no need for me to tell you to go cold turkey – you know your body better than anyone else. I would just like you to consider smaller doses. These vices are just flavoring to spending time with your friends and family. They are okay to a certain extent.

Socialize

While previous tips deal with your body, this one is related to your mind. Proper socializing in the form of spending time with friends and loved ones reduces stress and makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger. With the rise of modern health disorders, like anxiety and depression, it’s good to know that there are people around you who’ve got your back. Good times are better and bad times are easier to deal with.

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