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Living Healthy Is a Choice You Make

Living Healthy Is a Choice You MakeThere is no point overemphasising the importance of healthy behaviour or lifestyle. Even if you’re not frequently seeing your physician, you should try your possible best to lead a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating well, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep – especially at night. A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meat is very good for you, experts say. As you eat remember these foods – cauliflower, green leafy vegetables (ugu, ewedu, etc), pears, beans, lentils, walnuts, almonds and salmon, or other great tasting oily fish.

These are great nourishing foods you should make part of your meals. Healthy snacks for you should include some walnuts, carrots and almond, etc. When the hunger pangs come suddenly, grab your fresh fruits mostly, instead of the usual pastries or biscuits, and so-called sausage rolls that are merely processed flower and additives, etc.

You need a regular regimen of at least 30 minutes daily exercise to start with. This should be a combination of simple aerobics and weight-bearing exercises which is ideal for both your heart and bone health. Most people will excuse themselves from exercise saying “I don’t have the time,” but you may consider making physical activity a part of your routine by trekking short distances sometimes instead of always in some form of transport or the other all the time.

On the other hand, you could try walking around your vicinity during your lunch break; go look around – window-shopping; take some fresh air and sunlight.  That little time of walking means a lot and it can help you move gradually into having a more active everyday life. Conscious discipline is the key word here, lest time and space rob you of your well deserved wellbeing.

Getting an extra 5 or 10 minutes nap may be fun but in reality that is just a momentary victory; it cannot replace the full night of sleep your body requires. You need enough sleep to help you maintain a normal weight and reduce your risk of serious medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The eight mandatory hours experts advocate might not be realistic, but you could try to aim at seven hours at least each night. But how can one mage this in a place like Lagos you may ask? Again, you just have to try.

When you try enough you may just be able to conquer the feeling of sleepiness while at work. Perhaps you need some extra motivation? Then hear this: Studies show that getting enough sleep may lead to a better sex life! But, if you are used to snoring and disturbing everyone around, then let your doctor know! You may be having a condition called sleep apnea, which calls for treatment.


Morgan Nwanguma

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