We know health is important. Even before we learned how to tie our shoelace, we were taught the importance of health.
Early to bed; early to rise
Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Nursery Rhyme
It’s healthy first and then wealthy and wise. And it’s true because our physical and mental health determines the quality of life we live.
It has been preached often that health is indeed significant to longevity, here are 6 more reasons to make 2015 mainly about your health.
We are not getting any younger– We don’t just age in number, our body changes too with time. Most people who took health for granted throughout are suddenly faced with new ailments they never even considered.
Of course, destiny has its own course and we cannot make ourselves immune to every disease or illness. But, compared to an unhealthy body, a healthier one has lower chances of getting age-related ailments. The formula is simple- the body is like a machine, if you work it and oil it regularly it won’t rust.
To feel your possible best– A healthy body houses a healthy mind. When you work out and eat right, you can feel it in your body. Similarly when you stuff yourself with junk food and alcohol, you feel like crap.
The reason for this is the food-mood connection. When you drink soda- which has staggeringly high amount of sugar in it- you feel lazy afterwards because the sugar spikes up glucose levels in the blood. And within a few minutes, this escalated blood sugar level falls very low causing mood swings and lethargy.
Also, protein-rich food releases amino acids that are noted for improving mental health. Omega-3 fatty acids and other good fats help cure depression and increase concentration. This is because the brain is fundamentally made up of fats, and the type of fats you eat determines the health of your brain.
To look your possible best- Yes, every person on earth is beautiful in their own unique ways. But you cannot ignore the importance of health if you want to look the best you can. After all if you feel good you look good.
Exercising and other physical activities keep your body in shape. And a good body is imperative to a pleasant physical appearance. But besides working wonders for your body shape, exercising also imparts a healthy glow to the skin due to the release of endorphins and serotonin.
Serotonin is called the ‘feel good’ hormone as it gives that ‘happy’ feeling you feel post workout. An imbalance in the level of serotonin could lead to depression and other mental issues.
Physical activity is just one side of the health coin; the other is a balanced diet. You are what you eat. So a good healthy diet comprising mainly of proteins, fiber, good fats and even carbohydrates works in tandem with exercise to improve the quality of your skin and hair. And drinking lots of water keeps your body hydrated and your skin looking younger.
To be successful at your workplace– When you are overall healthy, it shows in everything you do. You will be the person who shows up for Sunday tennis and you are the person who says ‘yes, this difficult project can be done’. In short, if you have a healthy body and mind, you will be more energetic, productive, and efficient at work.
So if you are serious about making breakthroughs in your professional life, whether it is to excel as a startup or achieve the company’s target, you cannot do so by neglecting health.
To become a positive person– People often say that optimists don’t get heart attacks. Well, who knew the joke is actually true. People with a positive outlook tend to deal with stress and anxiety in a better way. Just like thinking negative thoughts during a stressful situation adds to the mental pressure, focusing on positive thoughts help abate this pressure thus lowering stress levels.
The opposite of this stands true as well, people who are healthier are more positive. Eating disorders, Body Dysmorphic disorder, depression, and anxiety can be attributed to bad health- both physical and emotional.
To be an inspiration- How many times have you scrolled through pictures of fit men and women on Instagram, wishing you could be like them? Well you can! In fact, you can be one of these men and women who inspire millions of people to stay fit and healthy.
If you are in the rut right now, whether it is because you want to lose weight or are deemed anti-social due to anxiety or depression, this is your year to change! There are so many others like you who are looking for that one person who can inspire them to turn their lives around. You could be that person, you could be the person they’ll look at and say ‘If he can I can too!’
No matter your age and priorities, health is one aspect that you cannot sideline. Try focusing on improving your health and you will see how other areas of your life improve drastically.
Do you have any health tips or mantras that you live by?