Published On: Mon, Mar 25th, 2013

5 Simple Ways To Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

If we have ever had to deal with watching a friend or relative on the decline, it might wake us up to the fact that we need to be a little more concerned about our health. More often than not, we can change the outcome of things by altering our lifestyle. How we make those alterations will depend on us, here are a few ways that we can accomplish that.

#1 A healthy heart

 Our heart is one of the most important parts of our body, which is why we should be especially careful about how we treat it. Heart healthy meals that are low in fat and cholesterol are one of the first things we should be considering when changing our lifestyle. Avoid an abundance of processed foods and stay away from junk food.

#2 Watch the calories

Many people who are overweight end up with some sort of disease, a diet that is low in calories and high in protein will do wonders to keep off the unwanted weight. Instead of filling up with soda or beer, consider increasing your intake of water or unsweetened fruit juices. You may also want to think about preparing your own meals and avoiding fast food establishments.

#3 Control the stress

A bad day at the office can escalate very quickly if we are not careful, in fact many of us have a pretty difficult time dealing with issues, so much so that we allow them to eat away at us. Deep breathing exercises, a little quiet time by ourselves, yoga, meditation, or increasing our laughter, are just a few ways to bring down our stress levels.

#4 Develop an exercise routine

A brisk walk around the block has been great therapy for anyone who has ever done it. No matter what kind of exercise routine you choose, walking, running, swimming or otherwise, increasing your heart rate will do wonders for your health. You will burn your calories, help control your stress, and get you tired enough to get some much needed shut eye. However, if you are planning to undergo any rigorous exercise, remember to consult a specialist or ask a doctor before you begin exercising

 #5 Get some sleep

 And finally – get more sleep! Have you ever noticed that when we don’t get enough sleep, we end up cranky? The human body requires a certain amount of sleep to allow it to function properly, which means that if we don’t allow ourselves the extra naptime, our body will react negatively. Shut the TV off, read a good book and give your body the rest it needs.

Natasha Dogre is a health consultant at iCliniq, an online doctor appointment platform that brings healthcare to more people. If you have any questions or more suggestions to live a healthy life, you can add them to the comments section below.

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