The most valuable thing you have is your good health. Sadly, many people don’t realise how valuable it is until they have lost it. That’s why it’s important to take some simple steps to try and maintain a good level of health and fitness.
Exercise is the most crucial step. Many illnesses and conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and arthritis, can be kept at bay by adopting a good exercise regime. Regular exercise shouldn’t be a chore; if you find an activity you enjoy, such as dancing or a martial art, staying active will be something enjoyable and you’ll look forward to doing it. Even simple changes, such as taking the bus instead of driving, can drastically improve your stamina over time.
There are many theories about what is a healthy diet, but all the experts agree that too much fat, sugar and alcohol is bad for you, so aim for moderation in those areas. While there’s nothing wrong with an occasional treat, if you aim to eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a healthy portion of low-fat protein, you’ll be on the right track. As a general rule, you should try to eat at least five portions of fruit or vegetables each day and the colours should vary, so you are getting a range of properties from the food.
Your body repairs itself during sleep, so it should come as no surprise to learn that lack of sleep leads to higher rates of illness and injury. Try to come up with a bedtime routine that helps you to relax and you should nod off easily. For example, a warm bath, followed by listening to soothing music is better than watching a film.
With a healthy body, you’ll feel better equipped to cope with life’s stresses. It’s never too late to start sticking to these three simple rules for good health.