20 little changes for a healthy lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 1: Make your plate more colorful

Whether it is red, yellow, blue or green add all colors of fruits and vegetables to your plate. The more the color the better the health benefits you'll derive. By adding all the fruits and vegetables to your plate, you will ensure that you are filling up on most nutrients and vitamins.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 2: Store your medicines in a good place

You might wonder, how this change would help you to live a healthy life, but this advice is one of the most essential changes one should adopt. To help us understand Dr. K.M. Sunesara says - if your pills and medicines are kept anywhere then it is exposed to various factors like light, heat or humidity. Due to this exposure, your pill can get degraded and lose its quality. To attain the best out of your medicines, store your medicines in a dry and dark location.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 3: Stretch a little in the morning

Begin your day with light stretches. Early morning stretches for even 10-15 minutes will help you wake up instantly, help you focus throughout the day, keep you energized, improve flexibility, regulate proper body circulation and improve coordination and relaxation in your body. Hence, get up a little early and stretch for a better day!

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 4: Check your BMI

- constantly keep checking your Body Mass Index (BMI). This will help you to maintain a healthy weight all throughout and help you to avoid various diseases which are caused due to obesity like diabetes, stroke, gallstones, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 5: Breakfast is very important

breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you should never skip it, if you want to attain a healthy lifestyle. If you are not accustomed to eating breakfast, then include small portions like a plateful of fruits or a bowl of cereals etc. Eating a healthy breakfast will help you stay focused throughout the day and reduce your over-eating during the second half of the day.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 6: Dry-brushing technique

Dr. Stephen, Dental student says - try dry brushing your teeth every morning. This technique should be adopted before brushing your teeth with toothpaste or water. This is a very useful method to cut down tartar and reduce gum bleeding. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and after scrubbing your inner and outer surfaces of teeth rinse and scrub using toothpaste.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 7: Switch off the idiot box

Reduce your TV watching addiction, if you want to live a healthy life. TV is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to a bent back and inactive lifestyle. Instead of wasting time viewing TV do something physically active with your near and dear ones. It can be anything small like running around or going for a walk, it will be ten times more active than lying on the couch.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 8: Hydrate yourself

Drink a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water every day, depending on your physical activity. Sufficient intake of water is very essential to kick out toxins from your body and to rejuvenate your cells. If you do not drink much water, you will end up dehydrating yourself and get tired very soon.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 9: Laugh like a baby

As the popular saying goes,' Laughter is the best medicine' and it is 100% percent true says - Dr. Sunesara. When you laugh out loud, your body will release feel good hormones and this will kill the villain stress hormone cortisol. Hence, giggle as much as you can to achieve good health by watching back to back comedy videos or by joining a laughter club.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 10: Reduce salt intake

A healthy life is achieved by a healthy heart and brain. To achieve the best overall health reduce the intake of salt as too much salt is not only bad for your heart but also for your brain.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 11: Breathe properly

Most of us do not breathe properly, as normal individuals fail to understand the importance of breathing - says Dr. Sunesara. Proper breathing is essential to obtain the best health. Even a proper deep breathing session of 10-15 minutes provides a range of health benefits like improving digestion, quality of blood, functioning of nervous and respiratory system. Hence, pay attention when you breathe, if you notice shallow or deep breathing; correct your breathing style at that very instant.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 12: Sleep well

A good night's sleep for 8 hours is very important to obtain a healthy and fresh day. Never compromise on your sleeping hours. Maintain a proper schedule and proper sleeping pattern. Choose a comfortable bed and never eat late night heavy meals.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 13: Practice yoga or any exercise equivalent that focuses on mindful stretching and breathing

As you age, joint flexibility and bone health - along with lung power and blood circulation - become important points of consideration. Several exercises fit the bill, but yoga covers all these aspects quite well. Therefore, incorporate 15-20 minutes of yoga into your daily fitness routine and you will find that your body stays supple and flexible well into old age.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 14: Quit smoking

Even smoking a single cigarette a day can cut your chances of healthy living by almost 75% - says Dr. Shilpa. Besides increasing your weight it can increase the risk of lung cancer and other heart ailments. Hence to enjoy a healthy life, quit smoking now.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 15: Skip your vehicle

In today's motorised world, leg work a.k.a walking and running has taken a backseat. Stop this vehicular addiction by opting to walk for errands and chores. Avoid transport, especially for short distances. Staying physically active is important and will be a good add-on to your workout routine and healthy eating.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 16: Use your non-dominant hand

As mentioned earlier, small changes help us to achieve major benefits. Try brushing your teeth with your left hand if you use your right hand or vice versa. These small changes will help to build the muscle force of both the sides of your body and utilize your brain in a more significant way.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 17: Help others

Do something good for some one else. Good deeds make you happy and also reduce your risk of heart diseases because of the feel-good factor - says Dr. Sunesara. Hence, start with a little act of kindness everyday and you'll find that helping others is a wonderful habit that will make you feel much nicer and healthier about your life.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 18: Do your chores

Don't rely on house-help all the time. Is it a coincidence that people with the most house-help are usually the most obese? Clean, dust, mop, fold clothes, do whatever it takes to keep your living area tidy and spruced up - at least twice a week.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 19: Have sex

Sex provides lots of health benefits. A few of them are: Sex helps relieve stress, boosts immunity, burns calories, improves heart health, reduces pain and helps you sleep well. Hence, spice up your life and health by having sex at least 2-3 times a week.

Healthy Lifestyle Change # 20: Fidget when you work

Most of us today have desk jobs. Gone are the days when working on your feet and with your hands was a common thing. Therefore, you need to take extra precautions to not jam your legs or back and neck during those 8-12 hour desk job days. Make your desk job more fun and healthy by moving around. Stretch a little, walk around every hour or so, do whatever it takes to be active despite having to use a computer at a desk all day.

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