Every journey, big or small starts with one step. Similarly, when it comes to health – it’s better to take little steps – one at a time, than to do nothing at all. In fact, small change of habits that can be easily accommodated in your lifestyle are better than rigorous regimes – simply because you can stick with them in the long run. A rigorous exercise regime or diet plan, although, is much more effective; but is far more difficult to stick to – say for a year, or for life. So here are a couple of easy habits that you can make a part of life for a healthier mind and body:
- Start your day with a glass of hot water: Some lemon juice, a teaspoon of honey mixed in a glass of hot water on an empty stomach in the morning not only aids in weight loss, but also gives the body a good dose of Vitamin C and keeps the gastrointestinal tract healthy.
- Drink lots of water: A simple yet ignored habit, drinking lots of water through the day keeps you away from myriad diseases and health problems. It keeps the stomach full, flushes toxins, de-stresses the mind, controls migraines, prevents kidney stones, keeps hair shiny… the list is endless. Always keep a bottle of water at your work station or bed.
- Early to bed, early to rise: Natural biological function gets affected when sleeping habits get altered significantly. For example, waking up too late leaves no time for breakfast – the most important meal of the day. As a result of night long fasting, the body will have less energy for the day. At night, go to bed earlier by half an hour or twenty minutes each day and you will notice the change in your sleeping pattern. Also remember to have your dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime.
- Walk whenever you can: In the world of personal vehicles and cabs, walking has taken become a “task” – only to be done in parks or at a designated time. Try ditching the bike for a quick chore down the street and walk instead. Walk to the vegetable store or to drop that cheque in the bank. Even at work, you can walk in between tasks – say climbing up stairs or walking to the water cooler.
- Eat fresh: As we adjust to hectic city lifestyles, canned, processed or ready-to-eat meals come handy in the hour of need. In the rush of grabbing a meal, we forget to pay attention to what harmful things are going inside our body. Make it a point to limit processed food as much as possible. A simple dal-rice is far more nutritious than a ready-to-eat curry or paratha.
Wellness is about preventing the onset of diseases, and these simple habits will take you one step closer to that goal. In the rush of life and career, we must not forget that health is the real wealth.