September 26

5 Factors To A Healthy Life

By Richard East

September 26, 2021

Health, Lifestyle, Wellbeing

The 5 Factors to a Healthy Life

So what are the main factors to living the life that we want and also feeling the way we want. I would say it all boils down to the three elements we have discussed being Physical Fitness, Mental Fitness and our Nutrition.

If we look at this more simply on a day to day basis it comes down to the following;

  1. Eat
  2. Drink
  3. Sleep
  4. Train
  5. Be Mindful

Eat

Every day, every single day, we should watch what we eat. This does not mean that we can’t have naughty snacks or eat what we love but it is just about watching what we eat and therefore being mindful. All too often people just eat throughout the day often without even knowing they are doing it. They get into a bad habit and just follow the well known diet of ‘see it and eat it’ diet. No thought process as to what is in it or how much they should have.

If we are mindful to what we eat and try and follow the 80/20 or 70/30 rule then we can literally ‘have our cake and eat it’ because when we are good we are good and when we are bad we can be bad…but consciously bad if that makes sense.

Drink

Hydration is so important. Water is the best thing to drink and we want to be drinking all day and keeping the body hydrated. Failure to keep hydrated leads to lots of negative effects on our bodies with the most obvious being lack of concentration, tiredness, short temper, stress, hunger pangs. We need to stay hydrated and if we simply carry water with us whenever possible and sip all day then we should be able to keep hydrated and keep our bodies feeling great.

Sleep

We all know that we need sleep for various reasons. Much like food and water it is a necessity when it comes to living a great life. Many of us do not get enough sleep and this may stem from stress, anxiety or busy schedules. From time to time everyone will suffer from lack of sleep.

Sleeping well directly affects your mental and physical health. Fall short and it can take a serious toll on your daytime energy, productivity, emotional balance, and even your weight. Yet many of us regularly toss and turn at night, struggling to get the sleep we need. Getting a good night’s sleep may seem like an impossible goal when you’re wide awake at 3 a.m., but you have much more control over the quality of your sleep than you probably realize. Just as the way you feel during your waking hours often hinges on how well you sleep at night, so the cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine.

Unhealthy daytime habits and lifestyle choices can leave you tossing and turning at night and adversely affect your mood, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and weight.

By eating well, keeping hydrated, keeping physically active and being mindful we will give ourselves the best chances of having a good nights sleep.

Train

Physical activity is essential to a healthy life. It does not have to be lifting weights or intensive cardio training. It may just be staying active each day. Getting out for walks, going shopping, taking the dog for a stroll, doing the housework, cleaning the car etc etc. All these things keep us active.

If we then want to progress to the next level then taking part in arranged sport or activities will help us get fitter and stronger. Everybody loves different things. It may be running, cycling, netball, gym work etc.

Whatever it is we enjoy it makes us happier, healthier people when we do it and there is not much like sport to make you feel great.

Bodyweight training is especially good for keeping you fit and healthy and so easy to do anywhere, anytime.

Be Mindful

To round up the list is about being Mindful in all that we do. This is not necessarily meditation or breathing exercises but more about just being in the present when we do something. We can always worry about the past, fret about the future or wish things were different right now but its a lot more healthy to also just be happy with where we are.

This may be whilst we are eating. Enjoy the flavours and textures of the food. Smell the aroma and think about every bite you take. Make this your sole focus and let your senses of taste and smell takes you away to another place.

It may be whilst you are sleeping, or about to sleep. This can be a great time to be mindful. When we go to sleep often people then start worrying about everything that has happened earlier in the day. They worry about everything they have to do tomorrow. Basically they worry about everything and anything. It is often this that makes us not be able to sleep.

Being mindful at this point and trying to just be present with yourself. Quiet the mind and stop the monkey mind from taking over. Guided meditation can help at this point or maybe sleep stories or similar.

Often when we train we are automatically mindful. That is one of the great benefits of physical activity. It takes us away from the worries and stresses of life and transports us into another place where we can forget about the bad things and merely concentrate on the good.

All of these 5 factors are interlinked. Much like Physical Fitness, Mental Fitness and Nutrition one effects the other. we need to get everything right to find equilibrium. This does not mean that we can’t start with one and slowly work on each one. This is fine but at this point it is good to have goals and targets so that we can keep a track of our progress.

See if you can begin working on these areas in your life. If you can make improvements in these five areas then you will start feeling so much better and will go from strength to strength.

Active-Rest is committed to making you the best person you can be and this is through Habit Coaching, Physical Activity, Education and Mindfulness amongst other things.

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