Your health is your wealth. Getting in the habit of maintaining good health early in life will help make the second half of your life more enjoyable, and with less complications. There are many factors that contribute to a person’s good health, but four of the most important are sleep, exercise, diet and water.
During sleep our body rests and repairs. To give yourself the best chance of being mentally and physically ready for the next day it is important to get an adequate amount of sleep. With quality sleep you will be happier and better prepared to attain your peak performance.
Most people don’t see exercise as a priority. However, there are many benefits of exercise that might help to change your mind.
- Regular exercise decreases the risk of health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, strokes, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer and arthritis.
- Exercise will improve your mood because it stimulates chemicals in your brain that make you feel happier and less stressed.
- Regular exercise a few times a week can help you burn through extra energy that may otherwise inhibit your ability to get to sleep.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the information about what you should or should not eat. The most important thing to remember is to consume whole foods such as vegetables, eggs, lean proteins, nuts and fruits. Oily, sugary and refined foods contain little to no benefits for your body. Stay away from processed foods such as packaged snacks and fast-foods, and see how much of a difference this makes you feel on a daily basis.
Did you know you can survive approximately 3 weeks without food but only up to 7 days without water? Water is vital to maintaining good health for several reasons.
- Water helps the body get rid of waste by flushing out the body’s toxins.
- Our body can mistake thirst for hunger, which causes you to eat more when you should be drinking more water.
You should be consuming 2-3 litres of water per day. More than that will put you at risk of losing important salts and minerals. To avoid overconsumption while adequately staying hydrated, try to drink one glass of water per hour.
To maintain good health focus each area equally and you’ll be well on your way to being the best and healthiest version of yourself