As good as modern medical technology might be, it can never save you from the difficulties resulting from a lifestyle that is unhealthy. Instead of getting a modern medical fix for every problem, it is much better to live in a way where you will barely fall ill in the first place.
An ounce of prevention is certainly better than a pound of cure. Here are 7 tips on how to live a longer and healthier life. Even better, not only can you prevent sickness, but these same lifestyle tips will also help you lose excess weight.
1. Get Enough Exercise
In the past, people needed to use their bodies a lot more in the course of their daily work. But today someone may get up, go to work in their car, sit down for work, then get up to go home where they sit down again until it’s time for bed. In such a life there is very little physical activity. This physical inactivity is one of the significant reasons for a host of problems such as weight gain, joint pain and lack of energy. If our normal lifestyle doesn’t demand us to push ourselves physically, walking, playing sport and other things must be added to our lives.
2. Go To Sleep When You Feel Sleepy
This might sound simple, but many people stay up late even when their body is telling them that it is time to sleep. Yet, people such as students will take coffee and stimulants to study late into the night. Others develop the practice of remaining active during the night and sleeping during the day. While we can do this for a short time without harm, it takes a toll on our health over longer periods of time. Some doctors say even this form of abnormal living is among the leading factors in the development of cancer and other diseases!
3. Eat Only When You Feel Full
This really is also another easy one, however, we frequently go against the messages of our body. If you eat out of habit or due to social pressure at specific periods of the day when you’ve got no real desire to eat, then you will not digest your food properly. Acidity and indigestion occurs, and this can also lead to other more complicated disorders. Having an appetite is actually a sign of good health, but if you have no appetite you should wait a bit and then eat.
4. Fast On A Regular Basis
They’d whine and say that they must have a break or else they’ll break down if you asked any person to work 365 days a year without any rest. But we have never bothered to ask or to think about our digestive organs which we compel to work day after day without any rest.
They cannot protest the way someone would to his boss, however they do give us signals that they need a break too. That’s why periodic fasting is essential. This gives a rest to your digestive organs and also helps in the elimination of accumulated wastes from your body.
Refrain from eating for one entire day once or twice a month. Routine fasting allows a person to gain extra time for intellectual or spiritual pursuits. Fasting is not for hermits in a cave, but is a sensible practice that anyone can practice.
5. Have A Cool Shower Prior To Going To Bed
As mentioned previously, proper sleep is necessary for good health and well-being. If you wash your important motor and sensory organs (hands, legs, arms, eyes, mouth, genitals) before sleep using cool water, this will relax you and prepare you for deep sleep.
6. Meditate On A Regular Basis
Your body is linked to your mind. Many of the disorders of this era are psychosomatic caused by anxiety and stress which take their toll on our health. Meditation is a mental exercise which, among other things, allows you to detach yourself from the worries of life. Learn a simple technique and do it frequently.
7. Get Up!
Once again the old proverb, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.” I can’t guarantee that it’ll make you wealthy, but it will surely make you healthier. Your body wants not too little, not too much and only enough sleep.
Follow these 7 tips and you’ll be well on your way to improving your health and happiness.