Taking your general wellness seriously and actively pursuing healthier life habits can greatly impact the quality of life you live, as well as longevity.
For most people, the hardest part is awareness — understanding what aspects of your day-to-day living requires you to cultivate healthier patterns.
Maybe you’re finally eating better, but you’re not quite sure why you constantly feel tired,
or you’re making out more time to exercise, but you still struggle with getting enough sleep at night or stay focused during the day; what exactly could you be missing?
According to health experts, overall wellness means for “both the physical and mental health to be in balance and function well together”.
Healthy living should be holistic, with visible evidence in all aspects of life/living, and Qilo is about to guide you through the must-knows!
The Importance Of Healthy Living
The popular term “living your best life” is easily attributed to the quality of a life lived, and the reason isn’t far-fetched — quality is more important than quantity.
Living a ‘long’ life in poor health is never pleasant.
That’s why cultivating a healthy lifestyle is truly rewarding — from enhancing performance and energy levels, boosting the immune system & improving confidence and self-esteem — all of which positively affect a person’s quality of life.
Six Simple Healthy Living Tips
Wondering what health tips are most important, or produce the most results?
We’ve grouped some of the most important healthy living tips – stick with them and you’re sure to enjoy the benefits!
- Maintain an active lifestyle: If you thought this only means getting a gym membership, you’d be wrong! The little things count – from taking walks as often as possible, to picking up new hobbies that requires a lot of movement (yoga, swimming, cycling, jump ropes, gardening etc), to taking the elevator more often. A good goal to set for how long you should stay active daily is 30 minutes (minimum), and you never have to do this at a stretch, or stick to one activity. When you find a routine — whether an exercise regimen or a new hobby, it’ll be even harder to break that habit, and you’d naturally find those minutes increasing!
- Consume less salt, sugar and bad fat: All that weariness even after a solid 8 hours of sleep? The reason may not be so far-fetched! An excessive consumption of sugar, bad fat, and yes, even salt, can cause restlessness and decreased energy levels. Asides these, you’re also increasing your risk of obesity, heart diseases, stroke and diabetes, amongst a longer list of ailments. Moderation is key when it comes to consumption.
- Consume more fruits and vegetables: Go green, even with your diet! A diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables is a major plus when it comes to your general well-being. From the external benefits (improving skin tone, protection from cellular damage, stronger nails etc), to internal benefits (tissue repair, flushing toxins with antioxidants and nutrients, stronger bones & reducing the risk of diseases etc), there’s always a reason to load up on these two!
- Drink more water: Nothing flushes out harmful toxins, helps with blood circulation and does a ton of good to your system like this does. Cut down on soda, carbonated drinks, alcohol and all forms of sweetened drinks, and replace them with water instead!
- Be more intentional about getting a good night’s sleep: Whether you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, or you constantly wake up at odd hours, a couple of factors have been attributed to poor sleep, and the consequences are never pleasant. How to improve the quality of your sleep? Start by cutting down on screen time (especially at night), paying attention to what you eat and drink during dinner-time, creating a restful environment and establishing a regular bedtime (yes, this is a thing!).
- Be intentional about taking care of your mental health: Believe it or not, the state of your mental health will affect your physical health, as poor mental health has been linked to poor physical health and harmful behaviours. From curbing emotional eating to reducing the risk of heart diseases, it’s important to prioritise activities that improve the state of your mental health. Practising mindfulness, taking breaks when needed, engaging in healthy activities that make you feel good/boost your self-confidence and staying connected with loved ones are great places to start.
Tell us — what healthy lifestyle habits have you tried to implement in the past?
What results did you see?
Maybe you’ve struggled with being consistent with one or more of these?
Let’s know in the comments section below!