It is well said that “Health is Wealth”, but we don’t understand or realize this statement unless and until we are thrown under the bus of some sort of health disorders. It costs you money, happiness and at the end mental and emotional peace.
What is Healthy Lifestyle….?
Healthy doesn’t refers to the physical fitness but it also attributes mental and emotional being. Whereas healthy lifestyle means the balance between the different dimensions of healthy being such as physical fitness, mental health, nutritious diet and positive energy around you. (1, 2, 3)
Healthy lifestyle helps people in preventing chronic illness and offers longer and happy life. The lifestyle doesn’t only help in keeping you healthy, but it boosts your self-esteem. It is often observed that people with healthy lifestyle are happy and confident compared to placebo. (1, 3)
Though there are nothing right or wrong, but one can maintain healthy lifestyle by making the right choices in order to maintain balance between different pillars of healthy lifestyle. WHO recommends eating lot of fruits, vegetables, reducing fat, sugar and salt intake to ensure healthy lifestyle. (4, 5)
Pillars of Healthy Lifestyle
These pillars are the fundamentals of building healthy lifestyle. Though we can’t achieve healthy lifestyle just in the blink of eye however consistent effort can help you attain the perfect harmony between this core element. The core elements of healthy lifestyle are discussed below:
The WHO defines physical activities as any sort of bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy consumption for example: sports, running, swimming. It may include activities carried out during office, playing, doing chores, traveling and any sort of recreational activities. It has long-term as well as short-term benefits. Healthy lifestyle includes healthy adequate amount of physical activities.
As per WHO statistics, globally 1 in 4 adults are not active enough and reduced physical activities are leading factors of death worldwide. More than 80% of the adolescent population are insufficiently physically active.
Insufficient physical activity is the major factor of increasing mortality among the people of various ages. Individuals who are insufficiently active have 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are active.
Healthy diet is key to healthy lifestyle. Food habits are integral part of life cycle and it’s “Organic”, it changes through space and time. Different geographies have different food habit and its changes as the individual ages. Whatever food habits we did have in our childhood it would not be same in adulthood or in old stage. The habits have very big footprint in our life than we can imagine and especially on our health. These have short, long and very long-term impact on our health. The proverb “We Reap what we sow” is very apt in reference of health and food habits. (6)
Food Habits have great impact on our life especially the body weight which is precursor to several deadly lifestyle diseases. However healthy food habits can reduce the body weight and subtle its impact on health.
As per WHO, a healthy diet must include at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day however the unavailability and inaccessibility of fruit and veggies pushes millions of people toward unhealthy diet leading to malnutrition and in extreme circumstances for prolonged period causes deadly diseases. (1, 2, 3, 4)
Engagement in Passionate Activities
The fabric of modern lifestyle is such that it attracts all the possible stresses coming from different dimensions and makes our life miserable. Stress is some thing which have very little to life-threatening impact in our life. Persistent stress is the result of impaired lifestyle.
Stress is the foremost enemy of health in this contemporary lifestyle and it must be eliminated and if not possible must be avoided. There are several pathways to minimize or eliminate the stress however the best way to handle this situation is by engaging ourselves in the activities we are craving about.
We always focus on achieving different goals in our life, one after another and so on and keep our hobbies and other the activities which gives us happiness at the brink of our to-do-list. These activities which gives us happiness and joy are the real stress buster and help in growing a better person personally and professionally. (1, 2, 3)
Surround Yourself with Positive Energy
It has always been said that “Think Positive”, it not because positive thinking might get you better outcome however it gives better positive perspective towards things and helps us take some positive decision and changes the outcome in our favor.
Surround yourself with encouraging friends and people with positive attitude which might help in shaping your life in better way and give better perspective towards life. We should always try to look on the brighter side rather than dwelling upon what is good or bad. There is always something good in everything and we should try to harvest those. (1, 2, 3)
It’s not necessary that these are the only pillars of healthy lifestyle however other element of healthy lifestyle might be clubbed in these major heads.
Achieving healthy lifestyle is not very difficult, you just have to live yourself in happiest ways possible. You make minor modifications to your existing lifestyle such as inclusion of fitness programs, healthy food habits, engage yourself in actives you love, & surround yourself with friends and encouraging people and your goal of healthy lifestyle is achieved. “Stay Happy, Stay Healthy”.