Benefits Of Staying Healthy
High chances are you came here because you like me hates being sick.
You hate when your body and mind hold you back from doing all you wished you could.
So you probably know or have thought about some of the benefits of staying healthy.
But before we dive into how to stay healthy, let’s take some seconds to talk about some of the most important benefits of staying healthy.
1.Reduce cost of living
Hospital bills cost a lot.
So limiting the amount of trips you make to the hospital will help us save plenty
2. Use time more efficiently
Going to the hospital takes lots of time.
Being forced to stay in bed because our body isn’t strong enough to move takes away time from working towards meeting our goals.
3. Meeting up with our daily tasks
Simple a healthy you is a more effective you.
A healthy you has the physical and mental energy needed to meet up with daily tasks and a sick you not so much.
4. Living a happier life
Without mental or physical discomfort we have higher chances of happiness.
A healthier you has one more thing to be grateful for.
5. Taking advantage of and getting more opportunities
It’s a sad day when you can’t get to take advantage of things you have always wanted to because you don’t have the energy or health needed.
When you can not go on that trip because you are too weak to fly.
There more work opportunities you take and do well, the more you get.
6. helping our loved ones
Love ones would always want to be there for you.
They would always want to give you the help you need.
So if you get sick they might have to give up certain things in their lives to be there for you.
So you might want to take good care of yourself to avoid putting your loved ones through that.
How To Stay Healthy
Staying healthy involves easy to follow steps.
Steps which when gradually put in place and followed consistently could definitely lead to a more productive and happier life.
1. Wake Up Early (Keeping a Healthy Morning routine)
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” ~Benjamin Franklin
One of my greatest challenges is getting everything I need to do before starting up with my activities for the day.
I realized that if I get up every morning by 7 am and need about two hours to round up with my morning routine, I won’t be able to get to my first appointments in time.
Also my morning routine which involves exercising, meditating, taking a bath, which all help to keep me healthy are best done before breakfast and having a late breakfast is also terrible for my system.
So in order to be able to keep a healthy morning routine which is very crucial in maintaining great health, waking up early is a necessity.
Waking up early consistently is a gradual process.
Gradually reduce your wake up time ( by 30minutes or more ).
In order to do that you will also need to sleep earlier.
2. Time Management
“Time And health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” ~Denis Waitley
Time management is a very important thing to develope in order to keep our life in order.
Awesome time management
- Helps us reduce stress.
- Makes us more efficient.
- It makes us great working partners and so much more.
Awesome time management involves making daily goals and to-do lists.
Making physical, professional and spiritual goals.
Then following that up with what we need to do to achieve these goals.
Then when we proceed to meet up with our daily plans with a sense of purpose and clarity, this goes a long way to reduce the stress that comes with our day to day.
Therefore reducing the chances of developing some issues like high blood pressure or heart problems from lots of stress.
3. Get Help
How do CEOs of billion dollar companies get things done?
How are they able to manage thousands of employees, attend all the meetings and live a balanced life ?
There answer is simple, they get help, lots of it.
Still, yet some of them find it difficult to maintain successful companies while having healthy and balanced lives but those who do credit this to the lots of help they get.
Help from employees, friends and family.
They say in order to reduce some of the pressures that comes with their numerous commitments they don’t hesitate to find help when need be.
So we can adopt this to help us maintain a physically and mentally healthy life.
With help, you don’t need to choose between your health and success.
Don’t try to do it all.
How To Stay Physically Healthy
“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” ~Unknown
Now let’s focus on what keeps us physically healthy.
What keeps our body strong enough to meet up with our daily activities.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” ~John F. Kennedy
Putting in that daily exercise could go along way to help us stay healthy.
The secret is making your exercise fun.
This could involve
- Listening to music you love, a podcast or watching a movie while you workout.
- Changing up your workout routine ( dancing routines, going for a run, going to the gym)
- Finding a working out tribe which keeps you motivated.
Anything to make you love it, despite the effort and literal muscles breaking involved.
Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley
5. Eat Healthily
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates
Yesterday a friend of mine asked me how do I stay fit.
She really wanted to know how she could lose stomach fat in a month and mentioned to me some of the quick fix methods she had been trying which worked but had so many side effects.
I myself who had been falling back with my workout routine and was not feeling healthy though I physically looked healthy, I had to pause a bit and reflect and I realized the main reason why I still looked the way I did was because of some healthy eating life choices I had adopted.
- No eating after a certain time.
- No eating between meals.
- Hardly drinking of sweet drinks or eating sweets, biscuits or ice cream.
- Drinking lots of water.
My advice to her and to anyone was, just try adopting one of those habits and the positive change you notice will encourage you to take up the next and so on.
6. Drink Lots Of Water
“Water, air and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.” ~Napoleon I
Water helps us cleanse our body.
You have probably noticed that you pee a lot more when you drink more water.
Our urine goes out with waste which are needless and could be harmful to our system.
So drinking more water and peeing more means more harmful wastes are being eliminated from our body.
Also drinking more water and peeing more has also been proven to help us lose weight.
In order to drink more water, it is very helpful to always have water close by.
Let distance not be an issue, let your water always be within reach.
“By cleansing your body on a regular basis and eliminating as many toxins as possible from your environment, your body can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and become stronger and more resilient than you ever dreamed possible!” ~Dr. Edward Group III
7. Get Enough Sleep
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~Irish Proverb
Your body needs from 6 to 8 hours of sleep.
Without the needed amount of sleep for long periods of time, an eventual crash is steps away.
Also without the right amount of sleep, our mind doesn’t function at its best.
So taking the time to get the sleep or rest we need goes a long way to help us finish our daily tasks quicker and better.
How To Stay Mentally Healthy
“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
Now let’s talk about the part of our health which the fast pace lives so many of us have make us forget about.
Number one on how to stay mentally healthy is meditating daily.
Taking some time, a few minutes or an hour to reflect on our now or think of nothing at all.
Just take some time to be still and let our mind recharge.
Doing this every morning before letting our daily activities take priority is really helpful.
We could also meditate before we go to bed.
Dedicating a particular time within the day for meditation or whenever we see the need to recharge is a true mind saver.
Most of the how-tos, I have on this blog come from books.
There is a lot to be learned from self-help books or success stories.
True I could share all I learned but the chances I might leave somethings out is high, so why not go directly to the undiluted source.
It’s amazing how getting to read about the struggles some of our heroes go through, help us feel better about ourselves and our own struggles.
Reading helps feed our mind, hence helps our mental health.
Also, that time you spend reading gives you a much-needed break.
“My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass” ~Leslie Grimutter
We need a break.
We are not machines.
“Even machines need a break or they crash,” said a laptop repairer when he got to here how I treated my laptop.
If machines could crash without a break what more of us.
Sometimes we just need that healthy escape from reality to help us handle reality better.
Reading, watching a movie, traveling, hanging out with friends and family and so much more.
11. Be Happy
“Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” ~Joseph Addison
Have you ever experienced waking up on a certain day feeling weak, tired and feverish, then you get some exciting news or do something which makes you happy and all of a sudden you start feeling better?
This is because how we feel mentally has an impact on how we feel physically.
Being happy reduces the chances of being depressed or stressed up.
What makes you happy? do more of that for your health’s sake.
12. Do Regular Check Ups
So you will hopefully put in place all of the things needed in order to stay healthy but sometimes we may still have some health issues and the sooner we notice them and begin treatment the better.
So having regular checkups to make sure all is well is highly recommended.
Regular check ups also gives us peace of mind.
Sometimes we get shape pains or discomfort and it is probably nothing serious but that fear of the unknown could keep us up at night.
So regular visits (yearly or more, depends on you) to the doctor to make sure our health is at it’s best won’t hurt.
The brightside of sickness
“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” ~Author Unknown
I think we should end this on a positive note.
Sometimes we get sick and having a positive and strong mindset during this period helps you recover quicker, better and go through this period happier.
Sickness is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong, its a warning signal that we need to do something extra for our health.
Sickness forces us to rest, and resting is always great for our health.
Sickness also gives us a chance to know those who will be there for us in our low.
Sickness is a challenge and like every challenge comes with a learning experience which when learned leads to a better version of ourselves.
So, all in all, do your best to stay healthy and if the sickness comes, take it with the right state of mind.
“From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.” ~Catalan Proverb