[Article updated on 19/09/2023]
A healthy lifestyle is the set of measures intended to preserve and promote health.
Before reading on
I’m not an expert in this field, but I am passionate about nutrition and health.
The articles you’ll find on my site are the result of in-depth research that I’d like to share with you. However, I would like to stress that I am not a health professional and that my advice should in no way replace that of a qualified physician. I’m here to guide you, but it’s important that you consult a professional for specific questions or medical concerns. Your well-being is important. So be sure to consult the appropriate experts and take the best possible care of yourself.
It mainly concerns lifestyle choices.
These choices are adopted because of their positive impacts on one’s own physical or moral well-being.
A balanced diet, sufficient sleep, sporting activity…
Having a healthy lifestyle is based on healthy habits that are easy to apply every day!
We are not equal and identical when it comes to our health issues, so it is important to interpret them according to our own needs (physical characteristics (weight, etc.) and psychological characteristics (sensitivity to stress, fatigue, fragility or, on the contrary, particular resistance, etc.) ), family history, lifestyle habits and behaviors (diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol consumption, etc.) are all personal factors that can influence the risks to which we are exposed.
In terms of health prevention, the right reflex is to rebalance between these different factors.
So, in concrete terms, how do we go about having a healthy lifestyle?
1- The pillar of a healthy lifestyle: eat correctly
We eat balanced! To do this, we limit fatty, salty and sweet foods (especially refined white sugar), we eat fruits and vegetables at each meal… a source of animal or vegetable protein per day: neither too much, nor too little. We put a tablespoon of vegetable oil at each meal to allow the proper functioning of the brain and vital organs and starchy foods at all meals according to our appetite to have regular energy throughout the day and avoid the urge to snack. .
For distribution, if you want to reassure your body and avoid storage: try to eat hearty at breakfast, filling at lunch and light at supper.
2- Quality and regular sleep
An adult needs to sleep between 7 and 9 hours per night.
Try to go to bed as soon as you feel the first signs of fatigue so as not to miss your sleep routine (which only happens every 90 minutes!). A 15-minute nap is also recommended. The body needs guidelines: try to keep a fixed bedtime and wakeup time.
3- Have good personal hygiene
A daily shower but also remember to wash your hands regularly to avoid the spread of bacteria on each object you touch, for example. Also opt for scrubs against toxins and regular cleansing of the skin against impurities accumulated throughout the day. Cocoon yourself, it’s good for your morale!
4- A little physical activity every day
Practicing 30 minutes of physical activity per day helps maintain your heart and other muscles. Walk, prefer the stairs to the elevators, the bike to the car to get bread… And if you want to take up a sporting activity, choose a discipline that you like. This is an opportunity to get some fresh air and, above all, do it while having fun!
5- Hydrate well: approximately 1 liter to 1.5 liters of water per day
Nearly 60% of the human body is made up of water. However, every day, a large part of this water is eliminated by the body (breathing, sweating, etc.).
Drinking regularly throughout the day, especially outside of meals, helps you stay well hydrated. You can increase this quantity in case of extreme heat, more intense physical activity or illness. Water can be consumed in the form of hot drinks, juice, broth, etc.
If your urine is clear, you are drinking enough.
6- Limit tobacco and consume alcohol in moderation
Not only are they not good in excess (beyond 2 glasses of wine or equivalent, maximum per day and not every day!) for your health, but alcohol can slow down weight loss.
In fact, alcohol is not metabolized by the body, it stores it half as sugar and half as fat which will end up on the stomach and love handles.
7- We try not to suffer the stress of everyday life
Stress has a big impact on heart rate. It also disrupts the quality of sleep. To combat it, practice breathing exercises such as yoga, Qigong, sophrology, meditation, which will allow you to better manage stress. Find the practice that makes you feel good.
8- Have a social life
To have strong morale, maintain a social life with the people you love, and don’t hesitate to laugh at least once a day. It’s excellent for your health!
9- Let go and take the time to live!
Slow down and get back to the basics, prioritize and take time to: take a bath, read a book, see friends…
On a daily basis, it doesn’t take much to be happy…
And even less to be healthy. Start with small changes: 10 minutes of walking here, some fresh seasonal vegetables there, reading a few pages of a good book and switching off as soon as you feel tired.
It’s up to you to find the small changes that will allow you to have a better lifestyle! Up to you !