Healthy living requires development in physical, mental and
Nutrition plays a vital role in maintaining your physical
and mental health. You must take the right nutrition in
adequate proportions in terms of minerals, vitamins and
fats. Try to take help of your physician to suggest the
right nutrition suitable for you.
There are many ways for healthy living and attaining
Ways to attain physical fitness:
Less salt and lean protein
Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
Less fat, healthier fats and oils
Making better choices of nutrition
Preparing food in healthy ways
Smaller meals more often
Healthy snacks, no fried or fast foods loaded with calories
No heavy dressings such as with butter sauces and creams and
use flavorings like lime juice and natural herbs.
Giving enough rest to your body
Giving immunity and metabolism to work everyday
Consumption of water is also one of the necessary aspects to
maintain the health. You should drink water on regular basis
at least 6-8 glasses per day.
By drinking enough water the water soluble toxins which are
present in your body will be flushed out and homeostatic
balance will be obtained with in your body.
Water contains no fat and it makes 70% of the bodyís total
volume. It is the ideal alternative for caffeinated products
and fizzy drinks.
Try to consume the food which is rich in vitamins, minerals
and which have low fat content. You must consume the fruits
at least once in a day. During the snack break eat apple or
banana instead of junk foods.
Junk foods and fast foods contain more number of calories
with out proteins and vitamins. So, try to avoid those foods
and instead of them go for hygiene foods which contain
proteins, minerals and necessary fats required for your
Exercise is also one of the essential aspects; it is the
third contributor of your healthy lifestyle. You can burn
the stored calories present in your body by jogging around
the park for 3 times, by cycling or by playing your favorite
sport such as football, basketball, etc.
Meditation is proved as the definite stress buster which
will enhance your concentration and remove fatigue.
You will be achieving a sense of self development with good
food and plenty of exercise. A part from these you must pay
attention to your day to day routines such as not smoking
and drinking alcohol.
These things will increase the sense of well being with in
you and makes you to obtain psychological well being. You
will be creating right attitude towards life with
psychological well being. You must have awareness towards
your lifestyle in order to bring a sense of heightened self
Spiritual health is also a key component in achieving all
round happiness. Keeping faith in your religion is a good
way to obtain positive attitude. Faith increases your self
confidence by decreasing your anxieties and worries.
Exercise is the key element to maintain a
healthy body. Exercise is very important to prevent illnesses such as high
blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, strokes and heart failure.
Before starting any exercise, consult a health care professional and learn
with certified trainer how to exercise safely.
Exercise will strengthen the bones and muscles which decrease your chances
of fractures or breaks, and back injuries.
Eating unhealthy foods and exercising does not promote good health. Your
body does not respond when you are eating unhealthy foods and exercise at
the same time.
Rest is an important factor as if you are not getting enough rest while
exercising; you are subjected to hot flashes and fainting. If the body is
tired, your body and mind will not respond and may lead to injuring
Exercise works to produce healthier lives while reducing the risks of
ordinary disease and at the same time helping you to control weight.
Before doing aerobic or strength workouts, warm up for five to ten
minutes. Warm up helps the body to transition from a state of inactivity
to full exertion.
Aerobics is one of the finest exercise workouts that work each muscle in
the body and toning the body.
Aerobics include running, walking, bicycling, skating, jogging, dancing
and other types of aerobic exercises. If you combine aerobics with weight
lifting, you will be building mass, muscles, strengthening the bones and
Strength building exercises include weight lifting, circuit strength
training, and calisthenics. These exercises help burn fat and increase the
lean tissues in the body. Weight lifting is a workout which loses your
weight quickly while building muscles. Intense weight lifting is usually
for weight lifters attempting to build mass muscles.
You can do cycling or other activities at slow and easy pace. This gives
your body to increase blood flow to the working muscles and joints and
prepare them for hard work
At least 30 minutes of exercise is required to get better results. You can
do aerobic exercise or vigorous gardening can also help. If you want to
lose weight, 60 minutes of workout is recommended. At least you can
workout for 30 minutes.
Stretching is the exercise essential to lengthen muscles and to create
sturdier tendons and ligaments. Stretch at the end of each warm up and
cool down. Stretching increases coordination, flexibility and widens the
bodyís freedom of movement.
Wear loose fitting clothes and shoes that are comfortable. Be sure your
exercise shoes give appropriate support and cushioning for the aerobic
exercise you choose to do.
Once your health and fitness goals have been achieved it is easy to
maintain them. Simply stay active and make your exercising fun. Try many
different exercise activities to prevent boredom and work all the muscle
groups in the body. Different muscles will be strengthened and you will be
fit in lesser time. This will also help you burn calories and control your
weight. Following the essentials of exercise can help you safely
participate in any type of activity.
Stretching exercise is one of the most
important exercises you can put into your daily schedule. But, before
doing you need to know about exercise essentials.
The stretching exercises form part of the cool down program at the end of
a training session.
The aim is to relax the muscles and facilitate an improvement in maximum
range of motion.
The back especially requires stretches since it is the first area where
you can experience pain.
The back exercises release the back pain. Apart from back exercise, the
remaining stretch exercises are important for the remaining parts of the
To start back exercise, lie down on your back with comfortable position
with legs elongated and the arms stretched over the head. The back flex
exercises are done correctly to avoid injury.
Stretch your arms over your head as far as the arms will allow
simultaneously stretching the legs at length. The chest should be expanded
up and hold your place up to fifteen or thirty seconds. Repeat until you
feel the body release tension and stress.
For the upper back stretch, stand tall feet slightly wider than shoulder
width apart and knees slightly bent. Interlock your fingers and push your
hands as far away from your chest as possible, allowing your upper back to
relax. You should feel the stretch between your shoulder blades.
Stand in a comfortable position with feet two shoulder widths apart. Bend
your right leg and lower your body. Keep your back straight and use the
arms to balance. You will the stretch in the left leg adductor. Repeat the
procedure with the left leg.
Hamstring stretch requires sitting on the ground in a relaxed position
with both legs straight out in front of you. Bend the left leg and place
the sole of the left foot alongside the knee of the right leg. Bend
forward keeping the back straight. Hold the position for fifteen to thirty
seconds and swap legs following the same procedure.
When doing calf stretches, you should stand in a comfortable position,
placing the hands on the hip region. Calf stretches can be done by placing
both hands on a wall with shoulder width apart.
You step frontward with your right foot. Bend the knees with your feet
grounded to the floor and shift your body to your forward foot. Lower your
hips gradually until your body exposes a mild stretching feeling in the
calf muscle of the rear leg. Repeat this procedure with the other leg
Stand in a comfortable position and feet slightly wider than shoulder
width apart and knees slightly bent. Place your right arm parallel with
the ground across the front of your chest. Bend the left arm up and use
the left forearm to ease the right arm closer to your chest. You feel the
stretching in the shoulder. Repeat the procedure with the other arm.
Stand tall with feet wider than shoulder width apart and knees slightly
bent. Hold your arms out to the side parallel with the ground and the
palms of the hand facing forward.
Rotate your hands so the palms face to the rear and stretch the arms back
as far as possible. You should feel the stretch across your chest and in
Sitting flat on the floor, tilt your head in a backward position. Tilt
your head rolling it from side to side. Slightly lower your head toward
your chest, moving it from side to side, and then to the back. Do not drop
your head lower than needed to feel the stretch sensation that is most
Stand in a comfortable position with feet wider than shoulder width apart
and knees slightly bent. Bend slowly to one side, come back to the
vertical position and then bend to the other side. Do not lean forwards or
Hip and Thigh Stretch:
Stand in a comfortable position with feet two shoulder widths apart. Turn
the feet and face to the right. Bend your right leg so that the right
thigh is parallel with the ground and the right lower leg is vertical.
Slowly lower your body. Keep your back straight and use the arms to
balance. You will feel the stretch along the front of the left thigh and
along the hamstrings of the right leg. Repeat the procedure by turning and
facing to the left.
While stretching can promote flexibility, overstretching can damage the
muscles, if you are recovering from an injury. Donít bounce while
stretching. Holding your stretch in a static position works best.