As the pandemic rages on, people continue to focus on their health and wellbeing. An important aspect of a healthy lifestyle depends on the type of foods you eat, your level of physical activity, and your sleep pattern.
Akshay Modi, Managing Director of Modi Naturals Ltd, explains that people generally end up reducing their sugar intake after being diagnosed with diabetes, avoid fried foods because of the cholesterol, exercise, and gain a lot of weight.
“With a little bit of caution and care, such as consuming sugar and oil in moderation and exercising regularly, they can avoid falling prey to these problems,” he says.
It lists five simple steps that can help a person take a more proactive approach to lifestyle and health; read on.
1. Engage in physical activity
Physical activity gives the body flexibility and power to operate transparently in today’s world, where we spend a lot of time in front of screens. Whether it’s a refreshing morning jog or a hard workout, there are a number of options to choose from. Sports and dancing are also great options. Activities like yoga and meditation provide physical and mental well-being. Hiking and biking are other great activities to do.
2. Know your nutrients and ingredients
It is important to consume different nutrients and vitamins. Making smart swaps for everyday foods helps improve the nutritional values of your meals. Rice can be replaced by quinoa, whole wheat by ragi, sunflower oil by olive oil. It is also important to know your ingredients, especially the edible oil which is used with every meal. It is also important to buy organic products and eat at home.
3. Sleep schedules
A poorly rested body cannot function well physically or mentally. A good night’s sleep is crucial for your body to get the much needed rest and recovery time. Keeping track of a sleep schedule and having enough hours helps reduce stress and increase productivity throughout the day. Ideally, an adult should get 7-8 hours of sleep straight. Too little or too much sleep is not good. Quick naps during the day can also be considered. Timing is also important. Sleeping at different times each day is not ideal.
4. Learn stress management techniques
Stress causes serious damage to our heart. Managing stress is something you have to learn on your own. To-do lists and priority lists are recommended for people with anxiety. Engaging in fun activities, devoting time to hobbies, going on a trip can help you take a break from your daily routine. Stress can also increase emotions which can cause you to lose control, and therefore stress management requires maintaining positive relationships with the people around you.
5. Free yourself from bad habits
Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are known to cause chronic illnesses such as cancer. While having a glass of wine every now and then can actually promote your health, uncontrolled drinking and heavy smoking can lead to many short and long term health issues.
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