Being healthy can often seem remarkably complicated. However, no matter your health routine, it will never be as complicated as being truly ill.
It can be said that many of us haven’t experienced anything close to perfect health since we were children, as the stressors and strains of our daily lives force us to make compromises.
Although we may be trying our best, we all know that there are areas of our life we could definitely inject some wellbeing into. So you can perform at your best, we’ve collated 4 simple ways that you can avoid running into any complicated health issues this year.
1. Stay on top of your health
If you do have a medical issue arise, it’s important to stay on top of your health in order to treat it as quickly and effectively as possible. Ensure that you don’t discover a health issue when it’s too late, and stay on top of any relevant treatments, such as the increasingly common osteoporosis treatment. Perhaps you need to see a physio in order to keep your back in check? Don’t skip on any treatments; your health is worth it.
2. Stay active
One of the best ways that you can avoid complicated health issues is to maintain an active lifestyle. Exercise not only keeps out figures fit, it also provides necessary movement to keep our muscles, bones, ligaments and everything in-between in the best possible shape. An active lifestyle in turn means that potential injuries will be mitigated, and day-to-day tasks, such as bending over to tie up your shoelace, will be passed off with ease. As well as this, exercise increases your sleep quality, which we’ll come to later.
While it’s safe to say that the majority of us understand the boons of staying active and exercising throughout our lives, statistics would suggest that this has yet to be put into practice for the majority of us. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, only 1 in every 3 children meet the recommended quota for daily activity, with this number falling to less than 1 in 20 for adults. Ensuring that you are staying active is a process with both long-term and short-term benefits that should not be overlooked.
3. Sleep like a baby
It’s no secret – Making time for good quality sleep is extremely important for your overall health.
Studies show that sleep deprivation directly correlates with many diseases, including obesity and heart disease. Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, are very common and often treatable. However, if you’re just struggling to sleep generally, try the following tips:
- Do not drink coffee late in the day
- Incorporate a routine: go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
- Don’t sleep with any artificial lighting or noise surrounding you.
- Dim the lights in your home a few hours before bedtime, to get you ready for rest.
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4. Nourish your body
We’ve heard it all before: We need to avoid processed foods. That can be easier said than done, but the proof is in the (unprocessed) pudding.
In order to give our bodies the best chance at health, we need to avoid over-consumption of alcohol, tobacco, refined sugars and processed foods. Of course, these things in moderation are to be expected and acceptable.
With that said, it’s when the consumption of these products outweighs fresh meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, as well as healthy fats, oils and high-fat dairy products – that’s where you will run into trouble. You wouldn’t put sub-par petrol into your favorite, prized car. Give your body the fuel it deserves by reducing processed products in your diet and boosting fresh, natural foods.
Over to You
Being healthy doesn’t need to be complicated, even if it can feel frustrating at the start.
However, with modern day advice often contradicting itself, it can be difficult to wade through the information and accurately ascertain an appropriate health regime. To be the best you that you can be, ensure that you are staying active, keeping on top of your health issues, sleeping well and fueling your body with all the nutrients it needs.
You only get one body to make or break, so do your best to make the most out of it!
Let’s get the conversation going. What are some of the ways you stay healthy? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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