By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 12, Nov 2023, 11:10 am IST | UPDATED: 12, Nov 2023, 11:10 am IST
New Delhi: In the fast-paced modern world, maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle is crucial for overall well-being. As we navigate through hectic schedules and constant demands, adopting effective lifestyle strategies becomes paramount. Making some simple changes can make a big difference in your overall well-being.
Dr Shruti Sharma, Consultant-Internal Medicine, Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital, Noida Extension shares how she has seen first-hand the benefits of adopting healthy habits. Here are some lifestyle strategies that can help you achieve optimal health and well-being.
Dr Sharma shares, eating a healthy diet is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and reducing your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Focus on consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods are packed with nutrients that your body needs to function properly. Limit your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats.
Regular physical activity is important for both your physical and mental health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days of the week. This could include walking, biking, swimming, or dancing. If you are new to exercise, start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you spend being active. Yoga is highly recommended to start with in today’s lifestyle.
Most adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep per night. When you don't get enough sleep, you may experience problems with concentration, memory, mood, metabolic disease and weight gain. You may also be more likely to get sick. Establish a regular sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to help you get a good night's sleep.
Stress is considered to be a normal part of life, but it should not be normalised, as it can lead to health problems. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature. If you are struggling to manage stress on your own, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
Strong social connections are important for your mental and emotional well-being. Make time for the people who are important to you, such as your family and friends.
Self-care is essential for your overall well-being. Take time for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax and de-stress. This could include reading, taking a bath, or listening to music.
Making healthy lifestyle changes can seem daunting, but it is important to remember that even small changes can make a big difference. Start by making one or two changes at a time and gradually add more as you become more comfortable.
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