- Along with fresh veggies and fruits, eat slim meats (if youíre not a vegetarian), nuts, seeds (sprouts) and salads.
- Opt for fresh, seasonal and local produce over exotic foodstuff imported over ridiculous distances.
- Make sure you get a balanced diet, as often as possible.
- Drink water Ė you need to stay hydrated. Not only is it good for your internal organs, but is also good for your skin, as it keeps your skin healthy and prevents acne.
- To determine your water requirement, divide your weight (in pounds) by two. This gives the daily ounce-recommendation.
- Cut down on caffeine and caffeinated and aerated beverages.
- Limit alcohol intake. Tobacco and drugs should be an absolute 'No'.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Exercise at least four days a week for 20 to 30 minutes each day. If itís not possible at a go, break your workouts into smaller sessions.
- Try to get as much physical activity as you can. Skip the elevator and take the stairs, walk to the supermarket instead of hunting for parking space.
- Wake up early to practice simple meditation. It harmonizes body, mind and soul.
- Doing household chores also counts as activity.
- Pets can be a great source for your exercise. Especially, a dog. Walking dogs, caring for them involves good amounts of physical activity.
- If exercising alone bores you out, hook up with a partner or friend who is committed to exercise. The fun factor will also let you stay committed.
- Exercise also works as an outlet for pent-up stress. So, keep exercising, especially when youíve got work bearing down on you.
Get adequate rest daily. Donít deprive yourself of sleep for extended periods of time.
- If youíre on medication for an illness, ensure that you follow the course all the way through.
- Skin, teeth, hair, nails are all indicators of general health. Loss of hair or lack of luster may mean poor nutrition.
- Make friends with your family physician. Get regular check-ups done.
- Watch out for major signs of illnesses, especially cancer, heart disease etc. Early detection is the key to prevention.
- When it comes to healthy living, even little things count. Like eye health. Make sure you rest them well. Theyíll serve you for a long time.
- Take care of your teeth. Dental health has been linked, among other things, to premature heart disease.
- Try to get all your nutrition from the food you eat. If you arenít getting it though, multivitamins and nutritional supplements are a good option.
- Get your vitamin D from the sun. But, stay UV-protected.
- Slow and deep breathing is a good counter to stressful situations. Practice it.
- Surround yourself with positive energy and a strong social circle. Good vibes translate into good moods.
- Engage in social work. Do things for the less-privileged.
- Work on your looks, but donít get obsessed. Pamper yourself occasionally.
- Believe in your abilities. Work on your shortcomings. Life is a continuous self-help program.
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