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How to Stay Healthy

Posted by Rifki Hakim Friday, 2 December 2011

How to stay healthy, not just physically but mentally too? What should one go for? Is it healthy food, exercise, yoga, jogging, running? Read on to know about how to choose appropriate measures to remain in good physical and mental health.

Before I start explaining, how to stay healthy, let us understand health and sickness. Health definition by WHO (World Health Organization): 'Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ' So, rather than aiming at a balanced diet or a balanced workout or techniques to balance your mind; one needs to find a balance between all these three factors for healthy living. Here, are some tips on staying healthy physically and mentally, which I have personally tried and tested.

How to Stay Fit Physically?

Diet: Try to eat as much as fruits and vegetables (salad). Make sure you eat fruits, then salad and then your meal. Fruits and vegetables provide enzymes to the body, which help to absorb the nutrients from your meal which is your main course. Drink as much water as possible throughout the day. The requirement of water is, per 45 pounds weight 1 liter of water. Try to eat as many types of cereals you can. Keep enhancing your diet plan, by learning about different healthy foods.

Exercising: There are very few people who will go for exercising to maintain their health. Mostly people will initiate in some exercise due to weight loss or some other health problem. No matter which type of exercise you take up, whether it is just walking or jogging, try to follow it regularly. The best exercise in my opinion, is swimming which is almost injury-free, boosts metabolism, helps to build lean muscles and improves body flexibility.

Advanced Tips: If you are suffering from some health condition, which is as minor as common cold or something serious like a sport injury, then try to understand the causes behind the health condition, and try to avoid the causes, rather than popping pills to treat the health condition. For example, to avoid common cold, load yourself with vitamin C rich food (Indian gooseberries, amla is one of the best source of vitamin C). To prevent any muscle soreness or injuries, make sure you do a good warm-up before any exercise, and perform the stretching exercises after the workout. Learn more about foods that boost immune system, and try to eat these foodstuffs to immune yourself against the diseases.

How to Keep Yourself Healthy Mentally?

Breathing: Deep breathing is not only good for your lungs, but also can be used to calm your mind. Vipassana meditation, uses breathing as a technique. So learning vipassana meditation, can greatly help you. But, in case you don't feel like going for vipassana, then just breathe your way out through stressful situations. By which I mean, take a deep breath whenever you get stressed, and breath out, repeat it around 10 times.

Meditation: There are various techniques of meditation. Instead of following a spiritual or religious person, try to experiment with different techniques of meditation, and then whichever you feel suits you, try to practice that for an hour a day. The various techniques for meditation are tantra, yoga, Zen, vipassana, Tibetan techniques, Buddhist techniques, etc.

Take a Break: This is something, which everybody needs and should use for stress relief. Whenever, you think something like studies or your work becomes very repetitive or you become overloaded with your work, studies or responsibilities, take a break. Plan a small vacation alone or with a friend, or go to a garden, and switch off your cell phone. Just forget everything and enjoy watching the trees, birds and kids playing.

These were the tips that will guide in solving the query "how to stay healthy?". But, it will not be always possible to follow these tips on a daily basis or regularly. So, try to eat as much healthy food as possible, get around 20 minutes of exercise minimum, whether it is just plain walking or climbing stairs and try to learn some meditation and practice it for minimum half an hour a day. 

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