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It is commonly acknowledged that health is the first wealth. If you have health, you can have everything. Well, maybe not everything, but most things that you are willing to work for.
If you don’t have money, you can make more money. But, if you don’t have health, money will be of no use to you. Maybe you can be sick more comfortably. But what good is that? I am sure you would rather have good health, than being rich but sickly.
We can literally choose to be healthy – unless there is some heredity sickness in the family. It is not difficult to be healthy. Just don’t abuse the body – the only one you have. Get rid of unhealthy habits. Watch what you put inside your body. Moderation in all food consumed. That would be a good guide. Followed by an effort to exercise.
There are five basic things to bear in mind if you want to have good health: -
The body needs to recharge after a day of activities. Sleeping seven to eight hours a day gives the body time to do that.
Eat simply, but healthily. The occasional indulgence is fine, but don’t overindulge.
The body needs fresh air to rejuvinate the organs. Spend some time with nature – in the gardens, or parks. Take in some fresh air.
It is said that about 60% of our body is made up of water. So we need to constantly replenish the water we lost, to hydrate our body. Drink lots of water – plain water is best, not pop sodas.
If you are not a sports person, then jog or walk at least three to four times a week. Include some simple stretching and breathing exercises in your routine.
Follow these five basic requirements and your body will thank you for keeping it in shape.
Health includes your mental health too. One way to keep mentally healthy is to not mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future. Appreciate and be grateful for what you have instead of whining and complaining about what you do not have. Be thankful for the little things, enjoy the present moments. More importantly, let go of all negative thoughts, and events that drain your energy. Accept what you cannot change.
Maintain a happy disposition. Keep optimistic, smile and laugh often. Look at things with beauty, look at nature with wonder. Understand life unfolding and going on around you. Understand what life is all about. Learn how to go with the flow of life, and not against it.
If you are able to do all of the above, you will have good health – mental and physical. It is not too difficult, is it? The alternative is your health will deteriorate and you won’t be able to enjoy your life. Your body, what some call a temple, will crumple. You will see healthy individuals enjoy themselves while you lament the lost of your health. And that is sad, and no fun.
Life is short. Don’t waste it chasing after money, or over indulging yourself. Otherwise you might have to spend your money trying to buy back your health. A poor, but healthy labourer is better than a sickly billionaire. And likely, to be happier too.
Choose good health. Without health, you cannot enjoy life, or your success, and you certainly wouldn’t be happy.
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