Learning how to live a healthy lifestyle can be a daunting task, even more so nowadays with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic afoot. For many humans, especially those in first world countries such as America, a broad spectrum of daily lifestyle choices abound, which can just as easily lead to vice and unhealth. There are so many different options from which to choose when it comes to unhealthy and/or healthy diet, exercise, sleep, relationships, educational opportunities, careers, finances, political affiliations, hobbies, spiritual paths & religions, entertainment outlets, travel, etc.
Day-in and day-out, how do you know what the best choices are to accurately ensure, as much as possible, that you are truly living a worthwhile, healthy lifestyle for longterm viability?
How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle – Physical, Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Well-Being
Being human starts with accurately understanding and identifying your physical body relative to The Four Body Types. Proper development of all vertebrae, muscle, muscle mass, posture (spinal/vertebra extension), and the like directly affect one’s quality of life including weight gain & loss (obese/fat propensity), skinny/thin fat (normal weight obesity/paradox), metabolism, athletic ability, and health in general. Although genetics (DNA) play a direct and significant role in things, people in a Body Type One (BT1) are usually in more of a physical state of balance from day one.
Physical unbalance becomes more noticeable and worrisome in a Body Type Two (BT2). The unbalance and concern increases even further in a Body Type Three (BT3), becoming most alarming in the weakest Body Type Four (BT4). Making healthy lifestyle choices in relation to your specific body type is vital to your well-being and ability to age gracefully in the long run.
Spirituality, Soul/Energy, Soul Seeking – Balanced, Healthy Living
There is a strong correlation between a balanced body type (BT1) and healthy lifestyle in relation to enhanced mental (mind) clarity, capacity, ability, and functioning. The same is true for one’s emotional (energy in motion) well-being. Emotions (feeling) go hand-in-hand with the human energy system (enteric brain/gut feeling/intuition, nervous system, meridians, chakras, kundalini/energy/chi/qi/ki/prana, etc.) and soul energy (star power, IT Factor, and holding the energy/standing the heat).
Soul energy, like the right and left brain, is inclusive of male (masculine) and female (feminine) energy. All of which can be positively influenced by partaking in a balanced spiritual practice. Generally, this involves some form of soul seeking like mediation or breathing exercise, time in nature, silence, energy work, prayer, or the like.
The more healthy your aggregate lifestyle choices and the more balanced that you are physically (body type), mentally (mind), emotionally (energy in motion), and spiritually (soul/energy), the higher the probabilities are that balance will be reflected in your life as a whole. At the very least, such balance will manifest physically through muscular symmetry and definition as well as beauty and natural radiance in skin, hair, nails, eyes, tongue, etc.
More balance means bodily functioning will likely be super effective and efficient. This no less than helps keep disease to a minimum, although genes (DNA) do have their say. Moreover, mental, emotional, and spiritual body balance increases the tendencies that one will experience minimal stress and be truly happy, fulfilled, and at relative peace in their life.
How to Achieve Real Balance in Your Life – Living A Healthy Lifestyle
Living a healthy lifestyle and achieving real balance in your life, including having access to affordable healthcare, starts with consciousness. Being genuinely aware of all the choices you are actually making in your life. A daily journal can assist with your efforts, at least until you have a better sense of things. Like with most things, moderation is vital. Do not be too strict or lenient with yourself.
Living a Balanced, Healthy Lifestyle – Diet & Hydration
What you choose to put into your body daily matters; food is medicine. You literally are what you eat and drink. With so many diets to choose from — Atkins, The Zone, Ketogenic, Paleo, carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, omnivore, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Noom, raw food, etc — figuring out which one is the right choice for your body type and genetic make-up is not easy. The goal is to figure out your body’s specific nutritional and hydration requirements and what healthy food is best for you. This takes real effort; diligent observation, execution, and follow-through.
The Blue Zone Mediteranean Diet is based on real-life data and is likely the most versatile and well-researched of all the diets. On one hand, it is very low in refined carbs and added sugars, red meat & animal products, processed, junk, & fast foods, poor quality oils/fats, poor quality, low-nutrient foods, and alcohol.
On the other hand, the Blue Zone Meditteranean Diet is high in diverse, nutritional, whole foods (preferably organic). This includes vegetables (veggies), fruits, beans/legumes, nuts, seeds, and sparse, well-chosen meats, dairy, & seafood. All of which pack copious amounts of healthy nutrients like protein, carbohydrates/fiber, good oils/fats (anti-inflammatory, Omega 3), vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and water.
As already mentioned, moderation in consumption is key to using food as medicine.
Exercise, Health & Living A Balanced Lifestyle
Scientific evidence shows that both daily cardio and resistance exercise are vital to human health is indisputable these days. The trick is balance. Cardio/aerobic exercise should be done at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times per week. Activities include walking, hiking, running/jogging, sports (basketball, tennis, soccer, football, etc.), elliptical or step machines or the like.
Yoga, Pilates, and, if in a healthy relationship, even clean, monogamous (closed/safe) sex can also offer good cardio choices for most.
Resistance weightlifting, calisthenics (including Yoga and Pilates), and/or isometrics (gravity) training should be done three to four times per week. No less than 30 minutes. For some, even working the posture through the Restructuring Process is worthwhile.
No matter what exercises you choose, be sure to keep in mind your specific body type. This will help you maintain your ambition and motivation while reducing, as much as possible, stress, attrition, wear, tear, inflammation, and obesity/weight gain (BMI).
Lifestyle Choices – Finding a Balance Between A Healthy Sleep Routine & Entertainment
More and more research is proving just how important sleep is to human health. The latest data recommends that the average person needs to sleep between 7.5 and 9 hours each night. But regularity is also crucial. Going to bed around the same time every night and getting up around the same time every morning is best.
It is true that some people are more prone to being night-owls and staying up late. While others are early-birds more accustomed to going to bed early and rising around dawn. But the current research indicates that what really matters most is the consistency and length of time one sleeps each night in relation to the quality of their sleep (how deep, how long in R.E.M, how refreshing, etc.).
Quality of sleep is also directly influenced by what one eats and drinks, especially right before bedtime.
Better shut-eye starts with allowing the body 12 hours (during sleep) of fasting between meals. Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, allopathic, and other drugs/substances right before bedtime has been shown to improve sleep quality. Furthermore, you can use natural foods and remedies to help enhance sleep. Avoid prescribed sleeping pills and the like. Sleep and a healthy gut microbiome/gut flora (good bacteria) are symbiotic, which profoundly affects immunity.
Night Owls and Party Animals
This news does not bode well for those who enjoy late nights out partying at the club, house parties, or such. This is especially true if the late-night activities include abuse (does not take much) of fast, processed, junk, low-quality, heavy foods. Excess/abusive imbibing of alcohol and/or consumption of mind-altering substances including nicotine, caffeine, cannabis, and hard drugs (heroin, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, Molly, ecstasy, etc.) exacerbates the potential for unhealth/disease and addiction. Casual, unprotected sexual activity only increases the risk of dis-ease further.
Most young people will get away with this type of behavior in the short term. However, it still has many negative effects on the body that can accumulate as the years pass. Eventually, sooner for some and later for others, if the bad behavior persists health will likely permanently suffer. A main side-effect of which can be aging poorly/ungracefully if the behavior is not made right and balanced in due time.
Living a Healthy Lifestyle – Balancing Work-Life (Career) & Personal Relationships
Venturing out into the world to network, build relationships, get an education, and make a living by mastering a career or job (at least one) is a common and integral part of living a healthy lifestyle. Balancing work-life (career) as well as personal (family/friends) relationships, both platonic and intimate, and social gatherings are necessary aspects of being human. In particular, the college/university/vocational years in America are as much (sometimes more) about meeting people, building networks, and preparing for real life as they are about education and learning.
The average human being is quite gregarious. Research shows that healthy social interaction increases well-being and longevity by helping to minimize loneliness and depression, at the least. As the world evolves and changes, honest relationships must as well.
The more balanced one is physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, the higher the likelihood of success in relationships, both personally and professionally. Clear, mature, punctual communication skills and the ability to reasonably express your feelings (emotional intelligence) are excellent additions to anyone’s relationship skill set. As are fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence.
Moreover, awareness, empathy, honesty, and functioning from as whole a point of view as possible at any given moment round out a successful relationship toolbox.
Living Within Your Means & Finances – How To Live A Healthy Lifestyle
Living within your means, truly, means spending no more money/cash than you have coming in. With debt and credit (lines/cards) too easily accessible to so many (all things relative), abuse is likely and rampant currently. Banks and credit card processors et al rack up enormous fees thanks to irresponsible people’s (many) use of debt and credit. Too many people who have shown/proven they are not responsible enough to manage their finances and live within their means.
Let’s hope these people learn their lessons and evolve, adapt, and change asap.
Building wealth is the foundation of life. Healthy wealth starts with no debt, or at least as little as possible. Most Americans are, America is, drowning in debt. When times are good, people think much less of having a lot of debt because there is plenty of money to go around (although wealth distribution globally is still horribly unbalanced, unequal, and unfair). Credit scores are easier to navigate. When recessions and pandemics like Coronavirus (COVID-19) hit, not so much.
Banks become less likely to loan credit, open credit lines and cards (even reducing/closing them en masse), and become less flexible with fees and rules. Credit scores are more difficult to improve and easier to damage. Most people come to find that, by using debt and credit in such inefficient and ineffective ways, they have actually built less equity and wealth in themselves and their own life.
Their savings accounts, checking accounts, certificate of deposits, and other investments (or lack thereof) reflect this clearly. And, depending on how much debt they have accrued, they may forfeit what little equity they do have, even going as far as outright bankruptcy. Building wealth and living within your means is all about making healthy lifestyle choices.
Making Life Bearable, If Not Enjoyable – Healthy Hobbies
Finally, be sure to choose a solid hobby or two to help maintain lifestyle balance to achieve true peace. Being outdoors in nature (healthy environment), in general, tops the list. Gardening is a popular choice.
So are reading (books, blogs, etc.), board games, watching real-life, fact-based documentaries (history), painting, writing, making music, volunteering, traveling (culture), and many more. Keep daily streaming/television (tv), computer (laptop), phone, and tablet screen time (blue-light) to a minimum to protect your eyes and sanity. Be sure that the hobby you choose, like every other lifestyle choice you make, is a beneficial, healthy addition to your life.