It seems that people have different views on what is a healthy life. Some believe the only healthy habits needed are eating good food and not stuffing your face full of junk. Others think that being active is more important than diet. And some believe you need a combination of the two to be completely healthy.
For me, I think living a healthy life means you live your life in good health physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You have no underlying health issues – be that obesity, anxiety, hypertension caused by your lifestyle – and so on. Achieving this is a matter of practicing various healthy habits. In doing so, you ensure your mind and body are in the same place, and you live a life full of good health. Here are some things you can do:
Take Vitamin Supplements Every Day
Vitamins are crucial for a healthy body. They help everything from your digestive system to the strength of your hair. If you actually think about what you eat, you’ll realize you don’t get enough essential vitamins in your diet. And if you’ve had weight loss surgery then you are likely to have even less essential vitamins in your diet after bariatric surgery as well as a compromised ability to absorb them. This is why I take vitamin and mineral supplements and digestive enzymes every day. If you don’t then I strongly suggest that you get into a habit of doing so. Over time, you’ll see dramatic changes throughout your body. Your hair, skin, nails, and everything else will seem much healthier.
Get Regular Health Checkups
Seeing your doctor at least annually for a checkup and lab work is an important healthy habit to embrace. Such checkups hopefully can help you identify minor issues before they become big health problems. And if you are pro-vaccine then your doctor can help you to potentially prevent illnesses with women’s vaccines.
Too many people are afraid to visit their doctor. Or they don’t want to be bothered with it. But I think you should bite the bullet and go once or twice a year to stay on top of your health. And if you’ve had bariatric surgery then be sure to include an annual visit to your surgeon, as well.
Stand Up and Walk Around
Ironically, I write this while sitting at my desk after being in the same position for a few hours now. But, after finishing this piece, I will get up and walk around, maybe even pop outside for some fresh air. Removing yourself from a seated position is a great healthy habit to get into. Sitting for long periods is terrible for your general health. It ruins your posture, damages your muscles, causes joint pain and back pain, and can even impact your breathing. So, get up, walk around, and take breaks when you’ve sat at your desk for hours like me.
This sounds like a cop-out, but breathing is an important healthy habit to practice every day. I know we all breathe every day or else we’d die, but I’m talking about properly taking the time to just… breathe. This is how to do breath work: Sit down, and take deep breaths, inhaling for five seconds, exhaling for five seconds.
You’ll be amazed at what breath work does to your body. It calms you down, lowers your heart rate, and helps you think clearly. Too many of us don’t know how to breathe properly, and it can harm our health – physically and emotionally. So, get in the habit of sitting down every day and just breathing deeply for a few minutes.
Healthy Habits for Life
Please consider these healthy habits for living a life filled with health, happiness and well-being.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life