Nobody wants to get ill if they can help it. But, of course, illness strikes all of us at some point or another in our lives. However, that doesn’t mean that all is lost. There are some things that you can do to decrease the likelihood of becoming ill further on down the line. This is great news for you, and for everybody around you. No matter what kind of lifestyle you lead, there is always something you can do to improve your quality of life. And when you improve your quality of life, you also lengthen your life. If you have come to realise that you could do with taking a bit better care of your body, then read on. Let’s have a look at some of the best, basic steps you can take to make the most of your body and stop yourself getting ill.
It sounds basic, but most people don’t know what to eat or how much of it to live a long, healthy life. The fact is, you probably don’t need to eat as much as you think you do. The amount of calories you need to take in is relatively little. There are no hard and fast rules, however, because everybody is different. Depending on your lifestyle, you will need to take in a different amount to the next person. However, there are some general guidelines which you would do well to follow.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to eat on a regular basis. This is so much more important than eating a certain amount of calories or certain foods. How many of us get so caught up in the everyday tribulation of life that we forget to take three square meals a day? Well, now is the time to get back into that routine. Breakfast is, famously, the most important meal of the day. Make it hearty; something which will keep you going. Porridge or muesli and a piece of fruit is the ideal breakfast for this purpose. Perhaps you might consider sprinkling blueberries on top – blueberries are one of nature’s superfoods. They are just about the best cancer-beating food around, so get plenty of them. The same is true of avocado – these are full of healthy, unsaturated fat which does your body wonders.
Lastly, do your best to limit your caffeine and sugar intake. These are extremely common in our culture, but unnecessary. The fact is, they are merely legal drugs – you don’t need them! Cutting these out dramatically reduces your likelihood of contracting a critical illness.
Enough of the lounging around – get out there and exercise at least once a day, every day! Too much is made of exercise, so that we end up feeling that it is a bigger deal than it is. The fact is, half an hour of jogging on the spot is plenty to help prevent the worst happening to you. It is time to stop seeing exercise as a dreadful, laborious activity which takes it out of you. Light jogging is so easy; anyone can do it. And yet, the effects are almost magical.
Make Sleep a Priority
It is an unfortunate side-effect of our lives that many of us suffer from sleep deprivation. It has become so commonplace that we no longer see it as much of a problem. If someone says they haven’t been sleeping very well, we shrug it off as being fairly ordinary. This is a terrible situation to be in. Sleep is an absolutely vital aspect of remaining healthy and preventing illness. My advice to you is simple. Get as much sleep as you possibly can. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty for getting ‘too much’ sleep – there is no such thing as too much. Get that clear in your head. There is no such thing as oversleeping. If you have slept a long time on a particular night, it was because your body needed to sleep for that long! Forget the guilt, and just sleep.
However, it’s not only the amount of sleep that’s important but the quality as well. If your bed is not very comfortable, then get it sorted. Your spine will thank you in the long run. You want a mattress which is not too hard or too soft.
Stop Bad Habits
Finally, just a small note about those bad habits. It should go without saying, but it is worth mentioning. If you smoke, or drink excessively, then it is of course advisable that you try and stop doing those things. They may seem impossible habits to kick, but they’re not. Many people do it every day, and you can too. If you do, your body will be extremely grateful, and your quality of life will improve instantly.