We can change our habits to become healthier. There are three key aspects of health: physical, dietary, and mental.
Regular exercise is crucial for physical fitness and maintaining a healthy body. Every week, I jog for at least 30 minutes along the river. On weekends, instead of staying indoors all day, I opt for cycling or swimming. These activities facilitate the release of dopamine in the brain, which helps regulate mood and prevent depression. However, there are times when I get too busy or lazy to maintain my fitness routine. To stay motivated, I find it helpful to maintain a calendar and join a community.
Secondly, it's important to consume nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits. As we age, our metabolism slows down, and carrying extra weight can negatively impact our body shape. To lose weight, we need to restrict our caloric intake while burning more calories than we consume. During COVID-19 lockdowns, many of us work from home and spend the entire day in front of the computer, burning very few calories. It's advisable to limit our consumption of sugary beverages like regular Coke and iced lemon tea.
Lastly, improving our mental health is essential. The goal is to achieve a better work-life balance and broaden our social networks to receive more emotional support from family and friends. Maintaining positive relationships and contributing to the community are crucial. Achieving this goal can significantly impact both our happiness and our sense of purpose in life. Rather than being timid and hiding in a corner, we should make an effort to grow our networks and meet new people. To improve my public speaking and communication skills, I strive to make small daily improvements over the previous day.
Overall, maintaining a healthy body and mind is essential for thriving in our environment and becoming successful individuals.