Many factors influence good health. Starting from the external environment and personal hygiene to individual and community awareness, getting optimum health requires effort and participation. Any imbalances can affect physical and mental ill-health and cause social tensions.
The pandemic has taught us ways to look into our well-being and immunity. Yet how much time do we spend on adopting small habits to stay healthy and fit? Nutritional goals, exercise, lifestyle routine, rest, sleep require working attention to be physically and emotionally fit. Here are six significant ways to help you maintain good health.
1. Aim for Good Sleep
Getting adequate sleep is the most challenging for WFH people. Skewed work patterns cause insufficient sleep leading to a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Sleep deficiency can cause accidents and slow down your reaction time.
One can take the help of natural sleep aids to improve sleep quality. Melatonin supplements are a popular sleeping aid to help you overcome jet lag. They are safe for adults when taken for a short period and useful for night shift-workers and individuals with sleep disorders. Try meditation to relax your mind and body and build positive vibes.
2. Drink Adequate Water and Fluids
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking 7-8 glasses of water every day. It helps maintain the essential body fluids and carries out several crucial functions like aiding digestion, carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells, supporting your body’s electrolyte balance, and flushing bacteria and waste particles from your bladder.
Sportspeople and gym regulars should aim to replenish water depletion by drinking detox waters enhanced with cucumber and aloe vera. Athletes or working professionals who have high activity patterns should increase their water intake to make up for water loss through sweat.
3. Eat A Diet Rich in Fruits, Vegetables & Dry Fruits
Your body needs a constant supply of vitamins and minerals to meet your nutritional needs. Include leafy greens, red tomatoes, purple berries, citrus oranges, and lemons. They are antioxidant-rich and fight disease-causing radicals. Emphasize including proteins, good carbohydrates, and dairy products in your meals.
Supplement your main course with interesting salads and fruit smoothies. Replace unhealthy snacks with dry fruits like almonds, pistachios, walnuts for a sharper brain, healthy vision, and ample energy for your active day. Avoid long gaps in meal intake and eating fast food. Working on an empty belly is not a healthy practice either. Every meal has its role to play. Eat moderate portions and follow a strict schedule of diet, juices, and nutrition-infused water for the day.
4. Spend Time with Nature and Pets
Resist the temptation of your smartphone and internet and try going for nature walks. It will rejuvenate your blocked mind and heal you spiritually. Water your balcony plants and put air-purifying indoor plants like Monstera plant, Zanzibar plant, English Ivy, Peace Lily, and Snake plant in your interiors for a green boost—gift exotic plants to your friends and neighbors to help you in your environmental contribution.
Take your morning walk with your dog instead of going to the gym. It will help you burn your calories and restore pet bonding. Spend your weekends by taking your dog to pet-friendly places. Get your dog to be your companion in doing your outside chores. Snuggle up with your moody pet to build his interest in curl-up time.
5. Do Physical Activity
Give your health a significant push by engaging in 30-minute moderate physical activity each day. Walk up and down the staircase, choose stairs over elevators, go to your nearest market on foot. Put more focus on legwork to ward off the strains of desk-bound jobs.
Find yourself a physical activity you enjoy doing. Explore cycling, walking, jogging, or enjoying the sun—team up with your closest neighbors and friends to make your daily activity more fun. Take a walkathon challenge to challenge your body to fitness goals.
6. Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Post-pandemic work from home mindset and self-isolation may have pushed alcohol consumption in some people. Drinking liquor more often is not a practical solution to overcome the global disease.
Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation. Men should have only two drinks a day, whereas women should stick to one drink a day. Excessive drinking can cause many short-term and long-term health risks. Before you drink, set a limit and a budget. Restrict your alcohol intake as over-drinking may harm your liver and other body organs.
Staying glued to your television screen or smartphone and eating processed foods are detrimental to your health. Include whole grains and low-fat dairy products, load up on avocados, olive oil, mustard oil, and other unsaturated fats to eat a balanced diet.
See your local physician once a fortnight to help you stay healthy and pre-empt any illness. Wash your hands with soap, wear a mask, maintain hygiene in your living and working space and set yourself goals to enhance your health and wellness.