As a health blogger, I get asked all the time about the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And before I go into the basics of how that’s possible, I need to tell you something. Keeping all your health indicators positive, in today’s world, isn’t easy. Because not only do you have to deal with issues like environmental pollution and workplace stress. You also have to struggle to find safe produce. Which, if you didn’t know this already, is hard to come by. I always keep my Charter Spectrum internet account linked with the local grocer. But most people, particularly those with lower paychecks, aren’t that lucky.
And to tell you the truth, it sucks!
There are many health tips, for instance, that only people with money can work with. This is a fact. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t think of the words that are adequate.
Words that can sufficiently explain, to those that ask, why it’s necessary to spend some money. Because like a popular supermarket commercial goes:
If you don’t spend, then you’ll never receive.
Horrible, I know. But it is what it is…unfortunately.
Before you start on your health journey, you need to muster up your willpower. And courage. Because if you don’t have these traits by your bedside, you won’t go far. All of these qualities are summed up in the concept of motivation.
To succeed at anything in life, you’ve got to want it. Badly. Otherwise, you’ll just lose your interest halfway.
And this lesson applies fully to the health-building process.
To shore up your health, you need to:
These four points reflect the broad criteria (or regimen, if you will) that you need to stick to.
Not for only a few days or months. But for your entire waking-up existence.
Because your health, trust me, is worth it.
If you don’t have it, you’re already missing out.
A poor ‘quality of life’ doesn’t bode well for anyone. And the poets & writers who like to romanticize the notion of the ‘minimal’ life are fools.
Sour grapes, if you ask me…
This means loading up on your daily requirement of carbs, proteins, fats, and water. But not taking even one gram extra! Especially if you don’t want to put on the pounds around your belly and waist. The two most problematic areas for women, if you didn’t know.
And contrary to popular opinion, drinking water in excess is a bad thing!
Because for one thing, it’s not really necessary to drink more than the recommended 8-10 glasses a day. Especially if you live in the colder regions up north.
Ever noticed any of those dieting women who do everything by the book? And who take special pride in downing bucketfuls of the stuff?
Well, if you look at them closely, there are good chances that you’ll see them struggling with a lot of water retention. Something which commonly manifests in the form of unattractive bloating & swelling.
I have loads of ladies (and a few men) who come up to me with these complaints. People, who for the very life of them, can’t figure out what’s wrong. And who get extremely flustered when I tell them that it’s their unhinged hydrating habit that is to blame!
I’m sure that you can imagine the conversations.
I’m not one of those health experts who like to drone on & on about exercising regularly. I would prefer a round of intelligent physical activity to one that is without structure. On any day of the week.
Specifically, I always like to tell my clients about the benefits of high-intensity/short duration workouts.
These kinds of exercise regimens are all the rage in exercising circles these days. They not only improve your heart’s aerobic (pumping) capacity but also strengthen its wall.
Plus they make you sweat heard. Which is a surefire way of getting rid of all those nasty blood toxins!
Spend a little quiet, centered and alone-time every now & then. Breathe deeply, and expire. Preferably with some light instrumental background music, and a few scented candles.
Meditate, in other words.
If you’re a religious or spiritual person, this should come easily to you.
Just kneel before the god that you worship, in silent contemplation.
Empty your mind…and feel the anxiety leave your body.
It works – if you leave skepticism out the door.
Stressing over things never fixes them. Only action and planning can do that.
So in accordance with this sagely advice, you need to let go. Of all the things that cause you misery and pain. And focus on only the good things in life.
Having a grateful attitude in life really helps on this front.
Too much stress causes your cortisol levels to rise. Making way for dangerous illnesses like heart disease, dementia, cancer, and osteoporosis. If you don’t know anything about these horrible ailments, then go Google them. Because as I read in an article on my Spectrum bundle recently, you want to ‘avoid them like the plague’.
I’m sure your grandparents can shed some light on this issue. If you prefer to take only experiential wisdom into account!