A long, healthy, and meaningful life will easily find a place in almost everyone’s wish-list. To live a life with health by one’s side is a blessing. And to live a life that is not just healthy but also long is truly priceless, isn’t it? A regular exercise regime, a healthy diet, and a healthy sleeping routine are some of the very essential elements that one needs to build a healthy body and a sound mind. I am sure most of us have our exercise schedules, diet, and sleep routines sorted, but perhaps we miss out on small yet significant things that are essential to lead a long and healthy life.
These small yet important aspects can be easily woven into one’s routine to make them a habit. Curious to know more? Read on to know more about the 5 fuss-free, easy, and healthy habits that can make you live longer.
1. Drink More Water
Our body is made up of 70% water, so to keep it functioning, drinking water is inevitable. It is recommended to drink 2 to 3 litres of water every day. There is no scientific evidence which supports this theory, but keeping yourself hydrated is of paramount importance according to experts.
An ample intake of water can improve one’s stamina, brain performance, energy level, and it also helps in relieving constipation and kidney stones. Additionally, it keeps the skin supple and youthful. Water can also help one get over hangovers as well as fight laziness and fatigue if had first thing in the morning. Oh, and the best news? Water also helps to keep our weight in check (1)! With so many health benefits, water surely is an elixir for a long and healthy life.
2. Keep A Gratitude Book
Gratitude is a beautiful virtue. It lights up someone’s world when you thank them for being there with you and it keeps that warm and soft glow in our hearts alive. Being thankful for the wonderful people we have in our lives, for all they did for us, for the memories we made with them, and for all the things that we have, is a great way to instantly cheer oneself.
According to psychologists, a sense of gratitude opens doors for more relationships to come in; it improves one’s physical as well as psychological health. It makes one more empathetic and calm. Additionally, people who are thankful have good sleep quality, good self-esteem, and are mentally strong. Thus being grateful not just makes us a better human being but also improves the quality of our lives significantly (2).
3. Eat More Vegetables And Fruits
According to research, eating a diet loaded with fruits and vegetables is very beneficial (3). Vegetables and fruits are the two food groups that can be consumed in higher quantities without worrying about weight gain. Vegetables and fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants. Eating them regularly can help one keep chronic diseases such as heart troubles and cancer away. Additionally, they also make sure one’s waistline remains narrow! Since each colour has a unique health benefit, make sure to add as much colour to your plate as possible when you pick fruits and vegetables.
4. Do 10 Squats Before You Reach Out For Coffee
Although it might sound strange, this is a great way to kickstart your day. Doing 10 squats soon after you wake up and before you reach out for that cup of coffee can work wonders for your blood circulation and cramped muscles. By working out the first thing in the morning, one’s mind also gets active, thus throwing fatigue and laziness out of the window.
5. Mediate Every Day
We live in a world filled with stress, noise, deadlines, rush-hours, responsibilities, goals, and a lot that would keep us on our toes. Sometimes our body works, but our mind freezes and we simply lose focus. Many times, we are living mechanically, without putting our heart and soul into our lives. Meditation or moments of silence, self-reflection and solitude can help us delve deeper into our self and find answers that we are seeking in the cacophony of the outside world.
According to experts, meditation brings down stress, encourages one to lead a healthy lifestyle, improves one’s focus, increases self-awareness and self-acceptance, makes one happier, slows down the ageing process, and a lot more! Often mindlessness is the key to true happiness and meditation can help one achieve it (4).
Living a healthy life is not difficult and is certainly worth whatever little pain it takes. The 5 habits that have been discussed above are super easy, pocket-friendly, and quick to weave into our daily lives. Healthy habits like these slowly yet steadily help us achieve a healthy body, a sharp intellect, a happy and content soul, and a life that is very rich and meaningful. We sure don’t need more reasons to embrace these habits!
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