There are five key factors that constitute a healthy lifestyle. These five factors greatly influence the health of your physiology in terms of both the mind and body. Each of these are equally important and you must have a balance of all five. These five factors should play a role in your day-to-day routine.
The five factors are diet, exercise, sleep, activity, and happiness.
Charak Samhita, the main text of Ayurveda, says, “Without proper diet, herbs are of no use. With proper diet, herbs are of no need.” This quote is a perfect example of how important diet is for individual health. Our diet affects the quality of our digestion and state of health. The classic saying, “you are what you eat,” is very true. Your inner does reflect the outer. It is very important to pay attention to what you eat, making sure that you have all of the nutrients you need in your daily diet, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, and your essential amino acids.
Exercise is the most commonly neglected part of a routine. Most people pay attention to their diet and work, but exercise is one of those activities that gets pushed aside really easily. Exercise is a key factor for a healthy lifestyle. You cannot say that you live a healthy lifestyle if you do not exercise regularly. Exercise, which includes cardiovascular activity, strength training, and flexibility, has many benefits. Some of these benefits are improved functioning of the heart, increased circulation, decrease in cholesterol, improved sleep, and greater ability to cope with stress.
When we were young, most of us had a bedtime of 8 or 9 pm. Do you remember how much energy we had as children? Well, even if you don’t, just observe young, healthy children. The reason they have so much energy is because they go to bed early and have a regular routine. When sleeping at night, your body has the time to rejuvenate itself. Those who sleep on average of 7-8 hours a night also slow down the aging process. Sleep not only replenishes our energy levels, but it also increases the strength of our immune system.
4) Work – activity
Diet, exercise, and sleep are important, but working is also important. Being a couch potato and occasionally playing wii is not considered to be a healthy lifestyle. Unless you plan on becoming a monk and living a recluse lifestyle, activity, including work is really important. The reason why work and activity is considered to be a top five factor for a healthy lifestyle is to balance sleep, diet, and exercise. Besides, without activity and work, there would be boredom. Most people want time off from work, but once they do get some time off, all they do is sit at home and become unhealthy and often start to feel depressed.
5) Fun – happiness
Last but not least, happiness is needed to have a healthy lifestyle. Without happiness, you do not have a healthy physiology. You can have a perfect diet, the best sleep, an excellent exercise routine, and a job that most people can only dream about, but what is the point of all of that if you are not happy? Every morning when you wake up, you should feel that you have a good reason to wake up and not because you are forced to. When you are happy, all aspects of your routine and lifestyle will support you. Happiness leads to a more efficient immune system and digestive system. Those who are truly happy rarely face illness or disease. In fact, those who are happy are also least likely to suffer from insomnia and they definitely won’t have depression or any other psychological disorder. Just remember, that no matter what you do, just remember to have fun.
With all five factors of diet, exercise, sleep, activity, and happiness, you can have a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle ultimately means a healthy physiology. In our day-to-day life, we tend to neglect our health, but the truth is that it is our health that keeps us going.
Have a great day!