Healthy people are people who have routines.

A lot of the great things in life happen through conscious effort and good health is no exception. Health is not something that is dropped in your lap we all have our feel good moments as well as the not so good moments. Health is particularly important in this covid19 era as everyone struggles not to get infected.

What exactly is health? According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity. In some ways we can take this to mean that there are some aspects of our health and well-being that we cannot necessarily control at all times even in spite of the existence of those uncontrollable aspects. There are aspects that we can control and once we imbibe them they become our habits.

One more reason to maintain good health is to avoid complications which usually arises from viral infections such as covid19. Thus, a better health is a result of just a little extra planning and so here are 5 healthy habits that everyone must have.

  1. Maintain personal hygiene.
  2. Stay Hydrated
  3. Eat right
  4. Develop a workout routine
  5. Sleep

Maintain Personal Hygiene

As much as we all love the human body to be totally self-cleansing, that is not the case. Growing up a lot of us were thought the basics of personal hygiene. Personal hygiene is all the ways we care for our body (by ourselves) and includes things like bathing twice daily, brushing your teeth, washing your hair etc. This is done to avoid spread of germs and ultimately keeps you from being susceptible to a wide range of diseases/ disorders. There are a few signs that could let you know where you stand on your personal hygiene ranking. This can serve as a checklist of sorts to help you monitor yourself.

You have POOR personal hygiene if you do the following:

  • You don’t wash your clothes and bedding frequently.
  • You don’t store your food properly.
  • You don’t wash your hands.
  • You don’t wash your hair.

There are many other indicators but you can use these few as a yardstick.

Stay Hydrated

Water is so important for a healthy mind and body. Its importance can never be overstated. Water makes up about 60% of the human body. A lot of this water is used for daily activities and needs to be replenished for proper functioning of body systems and organs. The water that the body needs can be gotten from drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water such as cucumber, tomatoes, oranges and broccoli. Amongst all the fluids plain old water is the best.

Read also: Here are 5 benefits of drinking water

Eat Right

Everyone eats but not everyone eats right. Eating right involves eating food that is wholesome in the right portions as well as at the right time.  

We all need a healthy diet in order for all our bodily functions to go on as normal. We should eat foods that contain all the major and essential nutrients, foods that promote a healthy weight, foods that are good for the heart, foods that reduce the risk of disease, foods that help you feel more energetic, foods that are good for your skin and hair and even foods that set a good example for your kids. Some examples of these foods are starchy carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, breakfast cereals, fruits such as mangoes, oranges, apples, soursop, pineapples and vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, spinach, proteins such as fish, white meat etc. You should also eat less salty foods and cut down on fatty foods (saturated fat and sugars. You should also make sure that you don’t skip breakfast and any other meal. They are all important.

Develop a Workout Routine

All of life is motion infused. An active life is important for good health.  We should always find time to do a little exercise. It helps keep the body in good shape and I don’t mean just physically, even emotionally, psychologically and physiologically. Physical activity is important for good health and even plays a role in preventing diseases.

Sleep

You may have come across these statements before, “Sleep is for the weak” or “I’d only sleep when I’m dead” Sleep is NOT for weak people neither is it for dead people. Aside our common humanity one other thing we all have in common is that we all sleep. All of us no matter who we are must sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to so many complications as well as a lack of productivity.

If you haven’t been doing these five things, it’s never too late to begin. Try it out and you will be glad you did.

By the way, I cannot perform that stunt on the image. Can you? *wink*

Cheers!

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