Fad diets are here today and gone tomorrow. Fitness trends also move very fast through the wellness economy. What if we told you that the rules for good health are really simple? Here are five rules to help you live your healthiest. You may not realize it now, but all these steps are an investment in your mind and body.
Quit Addictive Substances
The occasional drink after dinner probably won’t do you much harm in the long run, but don’t make a habit out of drinking hard liquor every day. In a similar vein, quit any other addictions you might have. Smoking, caffeine and recreational drugs are the big ones, but make sure you cut down on junk food too. A junk food addiction is the most insidious since it often isn’t seen as addictive, but comprises refined sugar, trans fats and other things that are terrible for you.
Goat Yoga? Sure. Soul Cycle? Of course. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you exercise consistently and regularly. Exercise builds strong muscle mass, strong bones, encourages blood circulation, boosts your mood, balances your hormones and helps reduce inflammation in the body.
Make Time For Good Quality Sleep
Artificial lighting, social media and the constant need to stay connected have really taken a toll on our body’s natural circadian rhythm. Turn screens off an hour before bedtime and dim lights when you’re about to turn in so that you get in a full eight hours. A habit of sleeping well will pay off in the long run.
Try To Avoid Stress
Stress leads to poor heart function, anxiety, high blood pressure and a whole range of other physical ailments. It also lowers your metabolic rate and raises cortisol levels. Spend some time in nature or practice deep breathing every day to help you cope with stress.
Eat Nutrition-Rich Foods
Unless you have a pre-existing condition that forbids certain foods or a food allergy, follow the ‘everything in moderation’ rule. Fresh fruit and vegetables should be a part of your daily diet along with grains, beans, meat, and dairy. If you don’t eat meat, make sure you get a good amount of protein and iron from plant-based foods.