Health is easily defined. A healthy person is fit physically, mentally, and in spirit. He or she is free of pain and disease and is thriving and functioning optimally.
Good health is a goal to which we all aspire. However, our lifestyle, habits, work schedules, shape, and chronic conditions make achieving physical and mental well-being a challenge. There is good news: optimum health is as easy as following some simple guidelines. These tips will, no matter what your age or current status, ensure a more fit and vigorous you.
Put On Weight
We are talking about muscle mass here. If a person who lifts weights and a couch potato both weigh the same, the active person will probably wear a smaller size than his or her idle counterpart. That is because fat occupies more space than muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so if the scale starts to go up, don’t be alarmed. Try not to worry so much about the scale, but more on how you feel and look. Reduce your calorie intake and introduce weights to your workout routine and watch the inches melt away.
The importance of drinking enough water cannot be understated. If you find it difficult to maintain your fluid intake, remember that many foods – especially fruits and vegetables – have water content.
Even when a person is bloated, drinking more is beneficial. Dehydration causes puffiness because too little fluid makes the body hoard its water, and consuming large amounts of fiber necessitates increased water intake to keep things moving and reduce bloating.
Have a cup of coffee or green tea. Its benefits go beyond keeping you awake and alert. Caffeine revs up the nervous system (including the brain). What’s more, the substance may keep headaches, diabetes, mood disorders, and Parkinson’s disease at bay.
Be Food Smart
These simple ideas can make a big difference in your physical and mental well-being.
- Jump start your day with a good breakfast featuring fruits, vegetables, and protein.
- Whether you spend the day at work or at the beach, make lunch and snacks at home. Nuts, fruit, veggies, and protein (hard boiled eggs, smoked salmon, or lunch meat) are great choices when you eat on the go.
- Go meatless more often by eliminating animal-based products from soups and other dishes and focusing more on vegetarian dishes.
- Make salmon and other heart-healthy fish part of at least two meals a week.
- Eliminate sports drinks and soda. The jolt of energy they provide is quickly replaced by a slump. Instead, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or coconut water (it provides essential electrolytes without the detrimental added sugar).
These tips will ensure greater health and vitality for you and those you love. Here’s to your health!