Being healthy is about so much more than not getting sick. In fact, figuring out how to be healthy is just as much about being happy, physically fit, mentally healthy, and socially well-adjusted as it is about avoiding disease and illness. Good health means having more energy, feeling strong and capable, not experiencing chronic pain or illness, and physical, mental, and emotional well-being. But living a healthy life doesn’t always come naturally, so here are six tips on how to be healthy and maintain lasting good health habits.
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
The food you consume provides your brain and body with the nutrients and calories they require to function. To get the most out of your food, eat regularly throughout the day, don’t skip breakfast, eat when you’re hungry, and pack snacks and meals with fruits and vegetables of all colors.
How to maintain a good diet: Allow yourself to indulge in your favorite food now and again, in moderation.
2. Exercise Regularly
Exercise is integral for many bodily functions, including a healthy heart, good circulation, and proper mental health.
How to maintain a good exercise regimen: Find something you love doing, that doesn’t feel like exercise. You can go for a walk, a hike, a swim, or a bike ride to get exercise, or you can garden, do yoga, go dancing, or play an interactive video game.
3. Get Plenty of Sleep
Sleep is essential. Your brain needs it, your body needs it, and your mental health needs it. Not getting enough sleep increases your risk for a number of preventable diseases, saps your energy, and makes you cranky, groggy, and unable to focus.
How to keep up a good sleep routine: Make a bedtime for yourself and stick to it.
4. Learn How to Deal With Stress
Stress is mental, emotional, and physical, and it can take a very physical toll on the body. Gone unchecked, stress can contribute to heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and other health problems.
Working stress relief into your daily routine: Some enjoy warm baths for stress relief, some meditate, some exercise, and some unwind by picking up a book. Add stress-relieving practices into your daily routine by reading or taking a bath before bed, doing yoga each morning, or meditating when you get home from work.
5. Enjoy Social Time Often
For many women, social time often gets put on the back burner while you’re busy with work, school, kids, and the routine of daily life. But get-togethers with friends, date nights, parties, and other social events are necessary for human health and well-being, so it’s integral that you make time for friends.
Making time for a social life: Schedule social events into your calendar, even if it’s just short weekly book club meetings or monthly afternoon coffee meet ups with friends.
6. Get Regular Medical Checkups
Regular trips to the doctor or healthcare practitioner aren’t just for treating illness or injury: they’re also important for preventing disease and other health problems. For women, this includes regular physicals, regular breast exams (from healthcare practitioners and self-exams), and regular gynecological appointments.
At Williams Integracare Clinic, we’re all about showing our patients how to be healthy, adopt and maintain habits for good health, and how good health can improve your overall quality of life, including your body, mind, spirit, and outlook.