When it comes to your health, nothing really tops it in our list of priorities. Whether it’s a general check up with the doctor, healthy lifestyle choices or just being aware of what is normal and what is not with your body, it’s important to know about your health. There are a lot of people – predominantly young – that think health isn’t an issue for them. They’re invincible; they can do what they want, eat what they want and run on empty for weeks. And they’ll think nothing of it. But the ways you treat your body are directly reflected in the state of your health. It may not be obvious at first, but the things we do to our bodies are what we’re doing to our health. So we’ve put together some hot tips on how to stay healthy and look after yourself. It might not seem like rocket science, but it has rocket style benefits for your health.
1. Get some sleep: It might seem like the oldest (and easiest) trick in the book, but you’d be surprised just how many of you are lacking a healthy amount of snooze time. While we may not often think about why we sleep, most of us acknowledge at some level that sleep makes us feel better. We feel more alert, more energetic, happier, and better able to function following a good night of sleep. Sleep requirements will vary slightly from person to person, but most healthy adults need between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. So make sure you’re catching enough of those Z’s!
2. Eat your greens: Your grandmother told you, your mother told you, and now we’re telling you! In order to feel good, look after your general health and make sure you’re always performing to your best potential, you need to fill your body with the right foods. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, not to mention cancer, obesity and type-2 diabetes. Make sure you’re getting plenty of dark leafy greens onto your plate – think kale, spinach, broccoli, bok choy and salad greens. Your body will thank you for it.
3. Get moving: It might be taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or vacuuming the house with a certain kind of zealous, but every bit counts! Moving your body on a regular basis – from intense exercise to casual strolls around the office – are vital for your body’s wellbeing and general health. According to Christopher Wharton, PhD, a certified personal trainer and researcher at Yale University, the more time spent exercising and the more vigorous the exercise, the more calories you will burn. So park your car at the back of the shopping centre or change your TV channels manually, because it all adds up to some seriously good side effects to your health.
4. Don’t freak out: Stress is one of those silent symptoms of poor health. It’s not a physical thing, and you can’t see it (unless you’re looking at those few extra stress lines in your forehead). When it comes to maintaining your general health, you need to focus on your mental health as well. Work, kids, studies – they all contribute to stress at some point, so why not take it as seriously as you would cancer or heart disease? Find ways that help you unwind, be it a walk along the beach, some meditation, or just a coffee catch up with your friends. When you can use tactics to battle stress, your overall health with be a lot better off.
General health and wellbeing is something we all too often take advantage of, and it’s time to take it more seriously. Whether it’s being careful of overworking ourselves, or just being more aware of what we put in our mouths, it all adds up to creating better general health. Find ways to improve your general health, and see how your body responds in all the right ways.