With fitness being the latest fad among the millennials, there is no dearth of resources on the internet geared toward making you miraculously healthy. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry is a self-declared fitness coach, and every article talks about that 1 foolproof method that will change your fitness routine forever. While some of these resources might be genuinely helpful, most hold no water. It can be overwhelming to be constantly educated about health, so here’s how you can actually achieve this “healthy life” that everybody talks about. Before jumping onto the fitness bandwagon and letting others decide what’s best for you, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
How To Lead A Healthy Life
Instead of talking about how to eat healthily and stay hydrated, let’s delve right into the bigger picture.
1. Embrace Your Individuality
Remember that you are a bio-individual. The concept of bio-individuality debunks the “one-size-fits-all” nutritional advice and requirements. It suggests that every individual has a very specific, individualistic nutritional requirement, depending on their differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition, and ancestry. For example, a popular belief is that red wine is healthy. But it might or might not work for you, based on your dietary needs and medical history. Therefore, it is important to take everything you read online with a pinch of salt and be open to the possibility that even the most “tried-and-tested” diet might not help you.1
2. Don’t Blindly Follow Fad Diets
Even if fad diets work for you, it is necessary to remember that they come with a shelf-life. They cannot, and should not, be practiced on a long-term basis. Often, these diets lack essential nutrients and leave you prey to diseases arising from nutrition deficiency. Again, due to bio-individuality, even if the diet is well-balanced, it might not be the best for you. If you have a short-term fitness goal in mind, consider these diets, but remember that the benefits are temporary.
3. Revisit Your Idea Of The Perfect Body Type
Contrary to what most fitness magazines say, a lean, toned body does not always equate to being healthy. Mainstream media sells us certain body types, deeming them to be more desirable and healthy. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no “ideal” or “perfect” body type. You can be weak and prone to illnesses even if you’re a size zero. When you hit the gym or bring about changes in your lifestyle, the aim should be to promote your health and not to achieve a certain body type.
4. Look At Health Holistically
Ancient Indian and Chinese scholars believed that your health is a reflection of your physical actions and your thoughts. The idea of holistic health dropped down from fame in the 20th century, with medical advancement and innovations creating a paradigm shift in the sphere of health. Health began to be considered the state of physical well-being, as opposed to the idea of holistic health.
Holistic health significantly focuses on the mental well-being of people and encourages them to achieve a higher state of wellness by doing everyday things that give them joy. Instead of treating the “symptoms,” the root cause is discovered and addressed. For leading a healthy life in its truest sense, embrace the idea of holistic health.2
And remember, none of these tips can magically transform you into a healthy person overnight. There’s no shortcut to a healthy life. Move beyond your diet, and look at health in a holistic manner.