These days, we get so much conflicting advice about what a healthy lifestyle is. Eat this, donâ€™t eat that, do this, donâ€™t do that, but do sometimes. It can be pretty confusing to figure out what to do. Thankfully, there are some healthy lifestyle tips that have remained tested and true over time. So, how can you maintain a healthy lifestyle in adulthood? Letâ€™s explore this:
Consume a wide variety of foods
Maybe this is clichÃ©d advice, but itâ€™s for good reason. There are so many reasons why making sure to eat a range of different foods is important. Did you know that the human body requires more than 40 different nutrients to function? Itâ€™s obvious that no single food will give you everything you need. On top of this, too much of certain nutrients can cause health problems. So, try to choose as many different foods throughout the day as you can.
If you eat meat one day, why not go for fish the next day, for example? Or, choose less carbohydrates when youâ€™ve already met your quota for that day.
Avoid scam diets
Science is always discovering new things about health and nutrition, and itâ€™s always good to be informed. But if you listened to everything everyone said about nutrition, you wouldnâ€™t be able to eat anything at all. There are so many fake diets and supplements online nowadays.
The basics are always in fashion - most humans need to get around half their calories from carbohydrates like rice, potatoes, bread, and pasta. Thatâ€™s why most meals feature these foods. You can also go for wholegrain carbohydrate options to increase your fibre intake.
Another clichÃ© - but also equally as important! Even during the cooler months of the year, the average adult should be getting about 1.5L of fluid a day - minimum! Of course, water is always the best source of hydration. But before you rush out and buy one of those massive dumbbell water bottles, remember that carbonated, tap, mineral, flavoured, and other types of beverage all count too. While sugary or acidic drinks arenâ€™t great for your tooth enamel, they are an equally valid source of hydration. Do try to limit the mildly diuretic tea and coffee though.
Chill out - avoid stress
We all know that stress isnâ€™t good for us. More and more research is emerging that shows how stress can negatively affect the body and mind with long-lasting repercussions. But research also shows how gratitude and meditation can work wonders in your life. This doesnâ€™t mean you have to spend hours in a sensory deprivation tank or sit cross-legged trying to achieve nirvana - unless you want to. Even just taking the time to notice how you are feeling and taking a deep breath or two makes a big difference. Set aside some me-time!
Drink in moderation
Weâ€™re all well-versed by now in the negative health effects of drinking and binge drinking. Whether itâ€™s the primary effects on your body, like liver damage, and impaired brain function, or secondary effects like those midnight escapades, mysterious injuries, or waking up in the middle of nowhere, itâ€™s safe to say that drinking too much is not a good idea.
A drink or two has certain benefits. The fruit juices in cocktails still contain vitamins, and the concentrated mineral water used for brewing beer is highly beneficial to your health. But the alcohol itself is full of empty calories with no benefit to you.
Build a network of friends and family
In todayâ€™s sprawling, spread-out world, it can hard to keep in touch. In some situations, just popping round to visit your friend requires hours of tedious travel. Itâ€™s hard to maintain relationships under modern conditions. However, if you can make the time to hang out together, building up a network of friends and family is unbelievably beneficial for your health. Even if you just ring each other up once a week, or send each other memes, this is equally valid - modern problems require modern solutions.
Get enough sleep
Okay, this is another common piece of advice. However, itâ€™s still important! Getting enough sleep has loads of benefits. It can improve your skin, make you feel more alert and refreshed, and helps your body repair and maintain itself. Youâ€™ve probably heard that you need about 8 hours of sleep every night. This is a good rule of thumb. But did you know that the amount of sleep every person needs actually varies? So, if you find that youâ€™re doing find on just 6 hours of sleep, or you need at least 10 to function, donâ€™t sweat it - youâ€™re still normal.
Get some physical activity
There are so many reasons why getting physical activity is difficult for people. Extreme weather conditions, physical problems and health conditions, lack of access to a peaceful area for exercise, or simply having no time are among the many reasons why people today do not exercise.
And yet, with exercise helping to regular blood sugar, reduce blood pressure, boost your level of protective cholesterol and innumerable other benefits, itâ€™s important to factor it into your day. You could go for a jog during your breaks or walk to the shops.
Ever heard of fractals? Theyâ€™re the patterns you see in nature. These simple patterns are everywhere in the natural world, from trees and foliage to rivers, and even in our own lungs and circulatory system! Among the natural worldâ€™s numerous other benefits, going outdoors and drinking in the fractals around us is said to boost our mental health. So, get out there on a regular basis, breathe some fresh air, and relax.
When you think of exercising and the gym, maybe you mainly think of the cardio-boosting machines such as the treadmill or cross-trainer. And yes, different forms of exercise like cardio are important in their own right. But recently, the benefits of weightlifting have come to light. Weightlifting may boost your metabolic health. This could mean improved insulin sensitivity, which means your blood sugar levels would be easier to manage and you would burn more calories at rest.
Again, you donâ€™t have to take out an expensive gym membership - inexpensive resistance bands can give you an identical workout at home. Or, try lifting things you have around the house, as long as this is safe.