10 Small Lifestyle Changes Leading to Big Healthy Start
Written by Pliro
Sep 13, 2018 Last updated: Jan 21, 2019
What is Lifestyle?
The concept of lifestyle considers a group or individual’s habits, attitudes, morals, economic status and other aspects that provide context to life. Considering this, is not hard to see that someone’s lifestyle can have an effect over their health.
An accumulation of dangerous habits and many other factors can contribute to the development of bad health. These may include a very low socio-economic status, poor nutrition, very long work hours, unhealthy relationships.
Also, as we discover more about the great killers (Heart Disease, Cancer and Pulmonary Disease); it becomes more clear that lifestyle has an extremely important role in their development. Changing bad lifestyle patterns is therefore very important for someone’s well-being as it can lead to a better quality of life and increase longevity.
Although each case is different, there are some guidelines that the average individual can follow to improve the overall quality of their lifestyle.
While looking for information online, the average individual can become overwhelmed by the amount of contradictory and increasingly odd or impractical rules that are often published by most health blogs. We must be honest and tell you that there are NO universal rules, however, in many cases good advice can be found among the chaos online.
Change the kind of carbohydrates you consume: Processed sugar is now considered as one of the main enemies of health and sugars in general have gained a bad reputation, but not all carbohydrates are the same. Complex sugars can actually be good not only to lose weight, but also to combat high blood pressure and diabetes. Beans, wholewheat, fruit and oatmeal are good examples.
The best indicator of dehydration is your own body: You’ll notice that the notion of how much water a human should drink each day varies wildly with the source. Sure, there are averages and official number, but these are not to be followed as dogma. Your body knows when it needs water. If you feel thirsty and/or have dry lips then you should drink water.
Minimize from junk food: High salt and sugar content, low nutritional value and even harmful substances are elements to consider before eating or drinking snacks or sugary drinks. As always, all things should be used with moderation. Most people’s lifestyle doesn’t include the kind of “flexible diet” that could allow the occasional consumption of junk food without harmful consequences.
Incorporate more physical activity in your life. Be honest, as soon as you read this you remembered how tired you are when you get home. A daily exercise routine is not always a practical thing to include in your life. However, this may actually not be as hard as you think. Recent research suggests that small periods of physical activity during the day (20 minutes each time) are very helpful. Walking or light jogging are perfect options.
With your family: Try to find ways to spend time with your family. Eating together or participating in physical activities are good options. These will provide opportunities to start conversations, sharing and in general, improving communication.
With friends: Don’t become a stranger to your friends. Try to stay in contact with them and know about the things that matter to them. Remembering important occasions and not keeping scores are also important things to keep in mind.
With significant others: Don’t forget to communicate in general, but specially, make sure to acknowledge favors and effort. “Thank you” are two important words in any relationship.
Remember, sleep is important. Lack of sleep can lead to cognitive problems and oversleeping can affect performance negatively or even be a sign of illness. In the case of adults, 6 to 9 hours of sleep is the recommended standard. More or less time is counter indicated.
Religion and spirituality
Make an effort to help others: Charity is a very important aspect of religion. The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said “Every Muslim has to give in charity” and encouraged even those with nothing to give, to work so they could help others in the future. Charity and helping others is now recognized by many researchers as an important element that promotes mental well-being.
Make friends within your community: Making friends in your community an surrounding yourself with those who share your faith is something that (if you are inclined to participate in religious activities) can be a source of fun and new friends with which you can discuss theology and other matters of the soul.
You should always try to improve yourself and your quality of life in order to better not only your health, but also your relationship with others. Furthermore, it is always good to consult a nutritionist for a better healthy lifestyle option.