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Change your lifestyle for a healthy 2011!

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 17 Dec 2010

A man once asked Lord Mahaveer “What is the most intriguing thing you find about mankind.”

Lord Mahaveer replied “They lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore health. By thinking anxiously about future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor for the future.”

Isn’t this true? We work hard to earn, plan the future and manage our careers, but we completely ignore our health!

Let us amend the habit of sidelining our wellbeing. It is time to bring change; we say, sooner, the better! New Year is round the corner, so, pull out your Resolutions Diary today and jot down these valuable healthy resolutions.

Resolution 1 – Eat a lot but Healthy!

Eat of lot of fresh salads and fruits. It’s nature’s gift, packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre. Take efforts to make your diet a balanced one, with the right amount of nutrients. Increase your water intake to the recommended quantity.

Resolution 2 – Avoid too much fried food.

Try to avoid fried food and beverages high in sugar. The bad fat in fried food finds its way to the arteries and clogs it, especially trans-fat. Even if you do eat fried food once in a while, limit your intake. Food high in sugar ends up as flab. Also, restricting the intake of salt will be helpful.

Resolution 3 – Exercise.

Make it fun, sweat it out! You probably could have predicted this resolution in the list, but healthy diet accompanied with exercise is proven funda for healthy living! Try to include at least a half-an-hour walk in your day’s routine. If you can afford it, become a member at a gym.  If you find the exercise routine in gym boring, join with friends to play some outdoor games – badminton, cricket or basketball. Swimming is refreshing and an excellent alternative, provided you beat the hunger there after with fibre rich diet.

Resolution 4 – Sleep tight.

Sleep is an important ‘activity’, as your body rejuvenates while you sleep. Push aside worries and work, and leap on the bed for a good 8 hours. Exercise can be really helpful for a good sleep. You’d notice that your work efficiency, mood and concentration improve with better sleep!

Resolution 5 – Go for a regular health check up.

No matter how insignificant a problem seems – constant tiredness, lack of sleep, headaches, do consult a doctor to get to the root of problem and get appropriate treatment. If you are above 40, it’s a good idea to go for a master health check up to pin point diseases at an early stage.

Resolution 6 – Quit!

Quit smoking and excessive drinking. You probably are aware of its ill-effects, how smoking affects your heart, lungs and how excessive drinking can affect your liver, but it’s time to make serious efforts to quit. You’d see the benefits of ‘quitting’ as you make progress!

These resolutions are the basic key to good health. A good life begins with a healthy body.

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