The importance of a healthy lifestyle is now being acknowledged by people due to the spread of Coronavirus. Physical fitness is not the sole basis of being healthy; being healthy means being mentally and emotionally fit. A healthy lifestyle helps to improve immunity which prevents chronic diseases and long term illness.
A healthy lifestyle also leads to a positive attitude. It helps to build self confidence and self esteem. A healthy lifestyle helps one get a clearer image of oneself. The following are steps to living a healthy lifestyle:
▪ Healthy diet
Balanced diet is essential for leading a healthy life. A balanced diet is a diet that contains different kinds of foods rich in vitamins and minerals and adequate amount of proteins, carbohydrates and other calories in certain quantities and proportions.
▪ Healthy physical activity
Along with a good nutritious diet, good physical activity is also important to boost immunity. Healthy physical activity level was measured as at least 30 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous activity daily. Thus, it is important to exercise, go for a run, etc.
Vices like smoking or drinking do not promote a healthy lifestyle. In fact, they are more like an open invitation to diseases. Therefore, one has to give up on all their addictions in order to live longer.
▪ Mental health
Last but the most important is Mental Health. This is often neglected by people, mostly because they are not aware of it. Especially during the spread of a pandemic disease, like the coronavirus, it is important to have a stable and healthy mind.
What is Mental health?
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It has a huge impact on mood. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
It is very essential for an individual to be healthy physically as well as mentally. It is the key to live a long, healthy, and happy life.