3 Simple Essentials for a Healthy Life

Frugal Fitness Guest Blog Post by Aaron Abbey

They say that “Health is wealth.” Without health, all the money, glory, and fame in the world is pointless. A healthy life simply means a happy life, and it is quite fascinating that without one, the other cannot exist i.e. if you’re sad or depressed, it can physically affect your health by weakening your immune system, and if you have a flu then you can catch the blues. It is perfectly true that even if you live in a mansion, surrounded by bling and butlers to look after you, if you're sick you will not be able to enjoy the joys of life to the fullest. 

But how do you get healthy? First of all, what is the actual definition of “healthy?” A healthy person is one with a strong immune system, and one who is free from all diseases. There are so many articles and blogs about healthy tips that one can lose their way and get confused. The internet is loaded with articles that begin with words like, “Eat this,” “Try this exercise,” “Do this for shocking results,” etc. but hardly only a few successfully convey the tips and messages to the reader. No one talks about the basics anymore, and maybe that’s why we are so lost. Maybe it is time for us to go back to the basics, and then work our way to specific stuff. 

So, without further ado, here are 3 simple and straightforward tips for a healthy life that you MUST follow whether you like it or not, in order to acquire a healthy lifestyle

Eat Right

Many people believe that exercising comes first, and diet comes later. This mindset is totally wrong, and if you focus only on working out and neglect your diet, then all the efforts will go to waste. So, make sure that you eat right. Now, “eating right” has two meanings: 

1) Eating food high in quality.

2) Eating it in the right quantity. 

For the first one, avoid fast food at all cost if you want a healthy heart and don’t want your cholesterol level to rise. If you are finding it difficult to quit, you can set a “cheat day” for yourself every month, and consume only a LIMITED amount of fast food on that single day. On regular basis, eat a balanced, healthy diet, involving greens and meat. Give beans and pulses a try if you already haven’t. 

For the second part, you need to eat the right amount and on right time. If your goal is to lose weight, then follow the typical 3 meals/day plan i.e. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avoid having dinner 2-3 hours before you sleep, and also avoid heavy meals. As for the breakfast, make sure to have a good breakfast, because remember, eating less has only a little effect if you are not eating the right stuff. Do you see how the previous point just connected? 


Now comes the easy part. It is pretty straight forward – Stop being lazy, get those joggers out and head out for a run. Exercising, whether you are just focusing on cardio, lifting weights, or both, has gazillions of benefits. Getting rid of toxins, improving your heart, better cognition and a better mood are the few benefits of working out. 

Sleep More

The last thing you are going to want to take care of, is to get loads of shut-eye every night. Getting enough sleep is highly necessary if you want to really make a difference in your life. A lack of sleep can actually kill a person (directly, indirectly, or over a long period of time). Think of your body as a machine. Food is the fuel, exercising is keeping the body up and running, and sleep is the maintenance. If you keep pushing a machine by simply pouring in more fuel and expecting it to run smoothly forever, then you are sadly mistaken. It needs maintenance every now and then. Similarly, your body needs maintenance as well, and sleep provides just that. 

During sleep, a natural healing process happens. Your muscles relax, and damaged skin and tissues begin to repair themselves. It is also beneficial for our cognition. So, make sure to shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep every night.  

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