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5 Pillars of a Healthy Lifestyle (Number 4 is an Eye-Opener)

A healthy lifestyle is the foundation of a good life.

Think about it; you have nothing without your health. What good is money, vacation trips, and material possessions if you’re not vibrant enough to enjoy them? Without good health, you won’t have the tenacity to chase your goals, enjoy your family, or live a high-quality life.

For these reasons — in addition to many others — a healthy lifestyle is non-negotiable.

And the best part? It’s not nearly as difficult as you may believe. Sure, it will require a few adjustments, but once you become accustomed to the changes, you’ll wonder how you got along without them. And fortunately, you don’t need to focus on a million things simultaneously.

Instead, you just need to concentrate on the fundamentals.

Moreover, everyone is responsible for taking care of themselves by leading a healthy lifestyle. And luckily, the fundamentals for such a way of life are very simple and straightforward. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Nutrition

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Your body is a machine.

As such, you must nourish it with the proper fuel. This is the point where a healthy diet comes into play. The food you eat regularly will affect your liveliness, energy levels, mood, sense of well-being, and overall health and quality of life.

For this reason, nutrition is indispensable for a healthy lifestyle.

Never let a day go by when you aren’t fueling your system with the proper nutrition it needs to thrive. Make this philosophy a part of your way of life if it isn’t already.

Here are some diet ideas to improve your nutrition:

  • Good quality protein (chicken, fish, greek yogurt, etc.)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Vegetable smoothies

 

Everything stems from what you’re fueling your body with—your cognitive abilities, energy and focus, your sense of vitality, etc. Consequently, the better and healthier foods you consume, the better your body will operate in every regard.

2. Exercise

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Exercise is the cornerstone of good health.

For this reason, it is one of the primary mediums for leading a healthy lifestyle. To maintain your health, it’s recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. And remember that these don’t need to be rigorously intense exercises (although workouts like that are certainly good on occasion).

Simple, light, and moderately intense exercises can be invaluable to your health; if practiced consistently.

Many people mistakenly assume they’re wasting their time if they aren’t pushing their limits daily in the gym. Such is not the case. As long as your exercise regime is a consistent part of your lifestyle and your diet is on point, you can reap the amazing benefits of a healthy life.

Here are some light exercise ideas to get you started:

  • Walking
  • Light jogging
  • Yoga
  • Cycling
  • Bowling
  • Rollerblading

 

It’s the light exercises that make physical activity fun. As a result, you’ll start to branch out to other hobbies that are more engaging and perhaps even more intense.

3. Sleep

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Many people take sleep for granted.

Unless we’re deprived of it, we don’t think of the importance of sleep. However, this restful activity is a necessity (as is everything else on this list) for living a healthy lifestyle. So I always shake my head at those motivational YouTube videos saying you need to sacrifice sleep to work and hustle.

Absolute nonsense.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy waking up early, always between 4 am and 5 am daily. But I’m also in bed by 9 pm every night, so I get enough sleep and have the energy I need for the next day. So I am not sacrificing my sleep for my work; that’s asinine and, quite frankly, counterproductive.

Think about it; how hard can you work if you’re exhausted from being sleep-deprived?

You need sleep to think clearly, have energy, and be cognitively prepared for the day ahead. It’s a necessity for a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few benefits that a good night’s sleep offers:

  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Improves mood and minimizes stress
  • Sharper focus
  • Enhanced cognitive and athletic performance
  • Stronger immune system, which protects against sickness
  • Staves off depression and mental illness
  • Bolsters heart strength
  • Better interactions and relationships with other people

 

4. Work

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Work is vital for a healthy life. Not enough people realize (or appreciate) the necessity of industry and the role it plays in our health and happiness. In fact, most people are trying to escape from work, the general consensus being that labour is an aspect of life that’s tolerated rather than necessary.

This perspective is the wrong model!

And I’ll prove it…

Let’s stroll down memory lane; try to recall a rewarding experience in your life. Maybe it was a long-term goal you accomplished, a challenging activity you performed, or a task that demanded more than you thought you were capable of, but you rose to the occasion. Whatever the experience, I guarantee it was accompanied by a sense of personal satisfaction and fulfillment.

Now, let’s recall another experience. But this time, I want you to imagine a situation where you slacked off, goofed around, and neglected your responsibilities. If I were a betting man, I’d dare to say that you felt pretty guilty (even shameful) about your piss-poor effort, didn’t you? Of course, you did.

Here’s the deal…

We need labour to feel good about ourselves; hard work is inextricably linked to dignity and self-respect. You can’t separate one from the other. Work is what makes you feel useful and valuable. Consequently, it’s a huge (and unfortunately) overlooked component of living a healthy lifestyle.

So don’t forget to labour well in whatever it is you’re doing; hard work is your best friend.

5. Relationships

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Your relationships (personal and professional) are foundational aspects of a healthy life. The reason being is that they offer such fulfilling rewards—namely, the opportunity to share your life with those who matter most to you. Think of how empty your life would be without the presence of loved ones to share it with.

Your biggest accomplishments would be hollow, and your proudest moments would be void of the joy they had the potential to offer without good relationships in your life.

For this reason, your relationships are among your most valuable assets. And more than just sharing the good times, high-quality people who love and care about you (and vice versa) will also be there during the bad times. So when life knocks you down — as it does to all of us from time to time — those people in your inner circle will be instrumental in helping you get back up!

Life is relationships, so take care of yours to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Next Step: Moving Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

If you want to be happy and content, then living a healthy lifestyle is essential. And luckily, it’s not that difficult — at least not once you grasp the basics. This article’s fundamental disciplines and best practices are the building blocks for a happy and healthy life.

If you need assistance to get yourself on track, be sure to check out my ebook to start moving toward a healthy lifestyle.

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