“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
The concept of a healthy lifestyle is as simple as painting; you just let the flow of your hands lead your brush. To be able to lose those pounds in a month for a summer beach body is alright, but to be able to create a course of your own, an easy one is what matters in the long run. Small things make huge changes when adapted judiciously. Alike, as per the concept of flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the mind and body are at their best when in a groove or an optimal state of intrinsic motivation to completely immerse in what one wishes to do. Hence, what comes to hand are the little things we can avoid to make sure the flow for a healthy life is maintained.
Never Skip Your Breakfast
It isn’t unknown to us that Breakfast is the most essential meal of a person’s day. It is a meal that helps in breaking the overnight fast with a much more enhanced and faster metabolism that provides maximum nutrition to the body. Skipping breakfast may affect metabolism as a whole. If we skip the breakfast and jump on to a heavy lunch, the body goes into a state of lethargy as it is not in a state to digest the food entirely. Hence, it is always ideal to have a nutritious and healthy breakfast which helps to lower the risk of type-2 diabetes and keep the heart at a healthy beating pace.
Never Ignore Your Sleep
A good night’s sleep is as essential for the body as exercise, or even more. It is utmost essential to make sure that you sleep at least 7 hours at night and do not exceed a sleep of more than 9 hours as it mostly results in a lethargic and lazy sense of mental and physical movement throughout the day. Moreover, skipping a good night’s sleep may show instant consequences and affect the skin. A disciplined sleep schedule also aids weight loss and a healthy body.
We often end up exerting two hours a day for 7 days straight and go on a workout-vacation for the rest of the month. That isn’t the key, my friends. Many a time, we end up over-doing ourselves to make things right in a small span and end up losing patience on the absence of quick results. Rather, the key is to remain consistent and start slow. It is always better to plan as much as we are capable of doing and increase the capacity gradually. Over-doing your workouts or starving yourself for 15 days straight might end up giving temporary results but never help you keep healthy in a long run for strength and consistency.
Never Stress Too Much
“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” -William Londen. And rightly so, a smile on the face goes a long way. It is scientifically proven that stress affects physical and mental health in an absolute manner. What we feel inside is what our body expresses outwards. And to feel happy is to look beautiful. It is definite that stress causes anger issues, ill mental health and sleeping issues, hence disturbing the entire ideal-health circuit. Moreover, it makes your face look dull. So the next time the office work or the college syllabus bothers you, or you just feel the pressure of a mid-life crisis hitting you, sip a glass of water and breathe happiness.
Never Take Your Body For Granted
“Health is a state of complete mental, social and physical well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization, 1948. The significance and need for having a good physical and mental health situation is priceless. It is often the one thing we are careless about but the one thing that matters the most. The continuous monotony of achieving material acquisitions has replaced the realization for a strong lifestyle. We often end up taking our body for granted and stress it too much to be able to live a peaceful and healthy life. However, as is said, to know is a privilege, it is never too late to start respecting our bodies as an eternal gift of nature. It is never too late to build up a routine and stick to it, never too late to carve out bodies into sculptures of varied art that we create.