Never has information on keeping fit and staying healthy been as widely available as it is today. The ironic part, though, is that the modern human being is more unfit and more unhealthy than at any time in history.
With all this information available, it can be quite a daunting task knowing which rules to follow and which to ignore. Here are 7 rules to follow for perfect health.
1. Quit It
The first rule to living a healthy life is to quit all the bad habits that you may have acquired in the course of growing up.
Since your body is already used to these substances, you will experience cravings and some side effects like migraines before you can be able to fully quit them. The key is to quit slowly.
Start by regularly reducing your consumption of these substances until you totally quit.
2. Stay Away from the Sun
Summer time and tanning are two things that go hand in hand. Many people love nothing more than a good sunbath on a hot summer afternoon. This is ill-advised, especially for people with light skins.
Light-skinned people have low amounts of melanin in their bodies. Direct exposure to sunlight for long periods not only kills the skin’s cells but also increases the chances of that person getting skin cancer.
Remember, skin damage is irreversible. If you really want to get a tan, roll out of the sunbed and get a splash tan.
3. Eat Right
Nothing on this list is as important as your diet. Just like a car needs clean fuel and dirty fuel causes long term complications, food is the fuel to your engine.
Make sure that you eat right. Give a wide berth to fast foods and prefer more natural foods.
The combination of fast foods and soda is the single biggest contributor of obesity in the world. Avoid it. Eat vegetables and fruits on a regular basis.
4. Stay Active
The modern-day work environment is one of the main reasons why more and more people are leading unhealthy lives today. Many people’s daily routines include getting into the car, driving to work, sitting on a chair staring at a computer screen the whole day, getting back into the car at the end of the day, driving back home and sitting on the sofa before hitting the sack.
This is a very unhealthy lifestyle. Add more physical activity into your day.
Join a gym, walk for short distances instead of driving, walk around the office instead of sitting in your office/ cubicle the whole day, get a bicycle to ride when you can or go swimming regularly to shed off the excess fat and keep that heartbeat up.
5. Know Your Genes
Your family bloodline is one of the greatest contributors to the state of who you are as a person. You need to find out if there are any medical conditions that run through your family and get checked to see if you have any of them.
Some conditions, such as cancer, can be treated when they are still in their infancy. In situations where the condition cannot be treated, you can be told how to put it under control.
The simplest and most common liquid in the world is also one of the most important elements towards you leading a healthy lifestyle. Drink water on a regular basis throughout the day.
Water keeps your gut healthy, your body hydrated and your skin healthy. One of the lesser known facts about water is that it is highly advisable to drink water when you wake up in the morning.
While you are asleep at night, your body’s metabolism uses up most of your water supply and when you wake up in the morning, while you may not feel thirsty, your body is actually dehydrated.
Drink water to fill up your reservoir.
In today’s competitive corporate world, the rat race is on as everybody wants to climb the corporate ladder faster than everybody else.
As a result, more and more people are staying up for longer either putting in extra hours at work or in school. Sleep is an important part of your body’s healing and recharging.
8 hours is the recommended sleep time. Make sure you get enough sleep to replenish your body’s energy bars.