Good health and wellbeing has gained the much-needed attention to stay active and lead a happy and healthy life amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Stepping into the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, the best way to boost your physical wellbeing in 2022 is to build your immune system as strong as possible.
Yoga: Even though Yoga is an ancient practice that originated thousands of years ago in India, it is considered highly relevant and beneficial in today’s day and age since the practice comprehensively addresses a diverse range of physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health issues. Most Yoga postures are meant to strengthen one’s body from the inside out. Apart from enhancing your muscle flexibility, strength and toning your body, Yoga can also help you in weight loss, protection from injuries, improving your body posture, vitality and metabolism. Practising Yoga can also positively affect mood, behaviour and overall mental health in various ways.
Healthy eating is the key to a healthy life. It is important to include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and healthy proteins in the diet to maintain a healthy weight and avoid nutritional deficiencies. Eating a whole-foods based diet can reduce heart disease risk factors, body weight and blood sugar levels. Also, limiting the consumption of foods and drinks containing high amounts of sugars such as sugary snacks, candies and sugar-sweetened beverages is important since it can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions.
Delicious dried fruits like apricot, fig and mango are very high in sugar, so it’s worth keeping your intake in check. Aim for 30g – or about 1tbsp – which counts as one of your five-a day.
Know the four Ps for smart snacking on the go: Plan, Pack, Protein and Produce. So, Plan ahead; Pack your snacks in spill-proof containers; include Protein to keep you satisfied for longer; and add fibre-rich fresh Produce like fruit or vegetables. An apple with Greek yogurt, a cheese stick, or a few nuts, can satisfy your cravings in a healthier way.
Ideally 30 minutes per day in whichever form you are comfortable such as cardio, weight training, resistance training, Yoga, Zumba, cycling, etc. If you can’t stay consistent, try getting a partner or build your own fitness community with some healthy competition. One can also use electronic step tracking or fitness tracking gadgets as research shows that there are proven effects of using one.
surrounding yourself with green views has a powerful effect on health and wellbeing, reducing psychological stress and boosting energy, self-esteem, and mood. As well as regularly getting out in nature, position the chairs in your house so you naturally gaze out of the windows, fill your home with indoor plants, and set your computer screensaver to your favourite landscape.