Busy life and work schedules have filled our pockets for sure, but the impact it has on our health is debatable. Amidst the rush hours, it seems impossible to take care of our health. But this is primarily due to the belief that health means working out for hours in a gym or sweating out. Keys to a healthy lifestyle are a small gradual step that can be adopted even during heavy work life. For example, few habits that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle are:
- Junk foods
- Spice, salt, and sugar
- Harmful fats
- Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco
So how do we tackle this? It is much easier than it seems.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet is a balanced diet. Swap your daily burgers and pizzas with home-cooked meals containing carbs, proteins, fats and all vitamins and minerals. This will bring a huge difference to your day. An apt diet can help you get past the day feeling much less lethargic.
Say no to sugar and salt
Restaurant made food is tasty with an overload of spices, sugars, and salt. Consuming them daily and overdosing your stomach with spices is the worst thing you can do to your body. Take them moderately within the required limits. Too much sugar can make you tired. Spicy food also has negative effects on your body.
Reduce ingestion of harmful fats
Fried foods and other snacks with trans animal fats are not always healthy for the body. They are heavy dishes that can keep you tired and drowsy, rather than active and alert. Fats are required in very moderate quantities by our body to function efficiently. Too much intake leads to storage and additional fat build-up around the liver and other vital organs, restricting their functions.
Avoid harmful use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
Keeping in mind all the positive effects of alcohol, we cannot say it is completely harmful. Wine and alcohol in prescribed amounts have proven to confer good heart and liver health. Sadly, the same cannot be said about tobacco. Smoking leads to cancers in the long term, of course. But its short-term effects include reduced stamina, lung capacity and tiredness.
A healthy lifestyle is not formed on its own. It needs to be developed gradually. Start with small steps, like replacing one store-bought meal with a home-cooked meal. Change begins stepwise.