As our schedules get busy, often times we place health on the backburner. Our "to-do-list" gets longer, and responsibilities seem overwhelming causing us to sometimes overlook daily exercise or healthy eating. Whatever our age, gender, or body type is, we should make an effort and strive for a healthy lifestyle. Below, we have condensed the most important tips for healthy living.
1. Get your health checked regularly
You can't fix your health without knowing what's wrong with it. Getting a health screening tells you what your body lacks and what it has an excess of. Visiting your doctor just once a year for a complete medical checkup is sufficient for most adults.
Recommended tests include blood screenings, physical exams, cholesterol and heart disease tests, dental checkups, and any test that your doctor deems necessary based on your age, health, and gender.
Once you get your reports, your doctor can recommend what changes you need to make in your lifestyle. This will also help you proactively combat any future diseases or ailments.
2. Eat responsibly
Eating responsibly means eating only what's good for you. If you've had a medical checkup, your doctor has probably told you what to eat more and what to avoid. Adhere to their advice religiously.
Even if you don't have any ailments or deficiencies, a balanced diet is crucial for a healthy life. Instead of cutting out carbs and fats completely, consume them in moderate quantities and balance them with other types of nutrients.
Some top social media influencers (especially those dedicated to fitness and healthy eating) suggest including more fruits, veggies, nuts, white meat, and whole foods to reduce not only chances of obesity and heart disease, but also cancer.
3. Avoid unnatural and harmful substances
Artificial sweeteners, dyed foods, trans fats, MSGs, and other artificial ingredients should be avoided as much as possible. While they may enhance the food's taste, they only cause long-term harm to your body.
Excessive consumption of red meat, processed food, sugary drinks, and alcohol are some of the leading causes of cancer. If you can't completely remove them from your diet, minimize their intake as much as you can.
4. Be more active
You may think a desk job in a comfortable office is luxurious, but it can very well be your demise. Studies show that having an inactive lifestyle can lead to all sorts of diseases. This is especially worrying since a majority of American office workers have admitted to spending long periods of inactivity during their work hours.
According to A&E, influencer marketing agency, being active at work improved their employee productivity by 20%. They would allow their employees 30 minutes of walking around the part while discussing creative projects or implementing new ideas for campaigns. Often times, employees reported higher creativity and motivation.
It's not always practical to work out after your job hours. However, you can find ways to be more active during your time at the office. Taking a bicycle to work, using stairs instead of elevators, and doing stretches and desk exercises are some surefire ways to keep physically active.
5. Make cleanliness your mantra
Now, more than ever, your strict adherence to hygienic habits is necessary. Keep yourself clean, wash your hands frequently, use disposable masks, and stick to global sanitation protocols.
Global pandemic or not, staying clean and sanitizing yourself is always a good practice. This will make sure any disease gets wiped out before it can enter your body.