Healthy living is happy living! Every individual has his own definition of being healthy. For some enjoying life without being sick is healthy, but to achieve optimum health and happiness, it is important to start somewhere or someday and that is today!
These 8 steps to healthy living may lead you to optimum health that you always wanted.
- Know basic body parameters – This is very important. You should be aware of the basic parameters defining your body like height, weight, BMR, BMI, and body measurements. This will help you know yourself better. These parameters would also suggest if your health is on the wrong path and requires some quick health fix. This is the best way to assess the health risks as well as seek quick health solutions.
- Go for routine health checkup – After checking the external body parameters, it is time to assess internal parameters. It is possible only with routine health checkup. Doctors recommend routine health checkups annually after the age of 40. This includes everything from blood pressure to blood tests. Regular screening allows you to know the warning signs well in time and keeps things under control. Certain health problems can be controlled if known in time, this is where regular health checkups help.
- Fix an appointment with dentist – Dentists take care of your oral health, but don’t wait for dental signals to visit the one! Dental hygiene speaks about your general health too. Offer a visit to your dentist irrespective of the symptoms present.
- Note what you eat! – Whenever a question is popped about the diet, everyone starts manipulating the answer. This happens even when the question is asked by you to yourself! Our taste buds make us commit these small diet blunders and the brain helps us in hiding it tactfully, but unfortunately the body reveals it! So before your body makes it apparent, try to keep your diet in check. Maintain a food diary in your smartphone, tablet, or physically on the paper diary to note everything that you eat. Don’t try to manipulate the entry here as it will reflect somewhere later. Whether it is a piece of dark chocolate or packet full of chips, just note it down for your reference. You can then sit and evaluate the entries to see where you went wrong and what can be corrected with little efforts.
- Listen to your body – Our body typically gives signals well before the actual health mishap occurs. You can avoid most of the problems if you understand these warning signs by listening to your body well in time. Certain symptoms like joint pain, heartburn, indigestion, appetite loss, lightheadedness, fatigue, sweating, restlessness, mood swings, and many others are not always the indicators of some serious health problems, however noticing these symptoms and getting the checkup done in time would let you avoid some major health risks of future. Many times these minor symptoms are indicators of underlying health problem. Discuss these symptoms with your doctor to rule out any such problem.
- Be a social animal – Humans differ from animals in their social skills. This is why humans are called social animals. If you are not the one then be the one! Expand your social network by making more friends, physically and not virtually! These social or spiritual networks would serve your need to be understood, pampered, and the one where you can vent out your emotions. These people are your moral boosters during ups and downs of life.
- Pamper yourself – Go that extra mile to pamper yourself. Don’t take out time for yourself only when you feel down or ill, pamper yourself even when your body is not giving signals. Buy skin care solutions from your favorite brand, take out time to apply them, and see the positive change in yourself. This would work as a confidence booster!
- Begin!!! – Most important of all is to begin. You would have come across various articles, television shows, and talks on this topic but still, you don’t benefit by any of those as you don’t begin. Start somewhere to reach your goal and there can’t be a better day than today!
Life is precious, value it. Start with these 8 steps to go a long way!
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