Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Four simple rules for staying healthy

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
General Wellness (153)      Motivational (64)      Self Help & Improvement (63)      Lists (60)     
Itís imperative that we do whatever we can to maintain our physical, mental and emotional health, yet sometimes it all just seems too hard. In fact, itís not really that hard when we break it down into these four basic parts:

Have regular check-ups
Eat the right foods
Move your body every day
Look after your mental health

Ok, I know that seems a bit too simplified, so weíll break it down even more.



Health Check-up. Doctor and Patient
Image courtesy of ambro/freedigitalphotos.net


Have regular check-ups
The first and most important is to get regular check-ups from your health professional. Prevention is easier than damage control later. Health professionals are not just there for when weíre feeling poorly and need a sick certificate, but most of us donít ever think about preventative visits aside from pap tests and mammograms (when weíre reminded). Pencil in to your diary or calendar to have a yearly check-up regardless.

If the current information overload about diet (whatís now good for us and whatís now bad) is leaving you confused, the best advice of all is to listen to your health professional or see a dietitian. They will be able to sort fact from hype and advise you of whatís right for you.



Healthy Food, Plate of Food. Salad
Image courtesy of mrsiraphol / freedigitalphotos.net


Eat the right foods
As your health professional will advise you, the closer your food is to its original (natural) state, the healthier it is, so try to choose the less processed option as often as possible. After that, itís all about balance. Thereís nothing wrong with occasional treat foods as long as they are kept as treats. Donít deny yourself small pleasures but donít forget there is also pleasure in knowing youíre doing the right thing by your body. Try sticking to all the right foods during the week and save the treats for the weekend.



Family Walking In Park. Family Fun
Image courtesy of photostock/freedigitalphotos.net


Move your body every day
Any exercise is better than none. You donít have to be a sporting person or a gym member to get an adequate amount of exercise, nor do you need to outlay money on the latest and greatest ab-machine - just do two simple things:

Walk - just a little each day and build it up. You will find that it becomes an enjoyable habit.

Play - there are plenty of fun fitness activities that are not competitive or costly. If you have children or grand-children you have a ready-made source of play-exercise. The internet is a goldmine of playful exercises, such as dance workout videos on YouTube.



Family Walking In Park. Family Fun
Image courtesy of tiverylucky/freedigitalphotos.net


Look after your mental health
Stress, responsibility, a feeling of helplessness or of being trapped in a situation Ė all of these can trigger depression or anxiety. Self-care is paramount. We must find ways to make our daily life easier to cope with Ė simplifying routines, taking time out, getting our responsibilities under control Ė we need to make sure we are living the life we want for ourselves. Fresh air and exercise are important for clearing the head and producing endorphins that lift our mood.

If things are feeling a little out of control, seek help. There is no shame in admitting that we're not coping, and there are caring professionals who can guide us back on track.

Categories
#General Wellness
#Motivational
#Self Help & Improvement
#Lists
I like this Article - 8
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
There is so much information out there about food allergies and intolerances, and a great deal of it...
10 likes
During the course of a day our hands are exposed to all sorts of substances and while most are quite...
3 likes
Just as we need to control the amount of bad stress in our lives, we should also try to increase...
9 likes
Most of us lead pretty busy lives and donít always have the time or energy to stop, refresh and resu...
4 likes
Weíve all seen, if not tried, therapeutic wheat-bags for warmth or to relieve pain
7 likes
Our eyesight is a precious asset and looking after it should be a natural part of our daily health c...
15 likes
view all articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) on Other Hubs
Although itís not always easy to describe, there is a definite distinction between fashion and s...
290 views
Do any of these sound like you? - You carry your mobile phone with you everywhere you go Ė ev...
192 views
Letís face it; we all make mistakes
231 views
ID: 21358
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Every recipe on the internet seems to be labelled "healthy" when often, they aren't healthy at all
11 likes
This recipe is so easy and most of the ingredients you will find in your cupboard
10 likes
Boost your daily vitamin and nutrient intake with one of these super green smoothies
10 likes
I love a good banana smoothie! Here is a quick, tasty and healthy low glycemic index (GI) smoothie ...
10 likes
Sunflower ďseedsĒ or kernels are mini nutrient powerhouses and eating a small portion can have a big...
9 likes
Memory lapses happen to all of us
9 likes
Do you prioritise self care or does it get pushed aside? On a piece of paper make two columns, ...
9 likes
Nutritional yeast is a tasty, low-sodium seasoning substitute with a salty and slightly cheesy taste...
8 likes
It is never too late to reset your goals if you are stuck or having trouble achieving them
8 likes
Berries add an antioxidant, vitamin and mineral hit to smoothies
8 likes
Categories
Nutrition (264)
Vegan (122)
How To (64)
Lists (60)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version