2018 is around the corner, and it is that time of year when we pick up our diary to jot down those resolutions (which we will HOPEFULLY stick to until the end of the year). While we make resolutions for various things in life, our health and fitness is one area towards which we need to pay utmost importance. As they say ‘Health is wealth’, our health truly deserves that extra attention. Some small steps can go a long way in keeping us fit and secure. Here are some resolutions which you should consider taking up this New Year:
1. Increase the portion of greens and legumes in your meals.
The ghaas phuss doesn’t always look attractive to most of us, but hey, there are many ways to make it tasty! If you search for salad recipes online, you would find yourselves going gaga over them soon. Greens have antioxidants which go a long way to prevent diseases. Plus, they even leave a healthy glow on your face.
2. Keep your weekends strictly work-free, hence stress-free.
A break is essential not just for the body, but for the mind as well. So, keep your weekends sacred, and just relax and spend time doing de-stressing activities. Put your laptop and phones to rest, and just chill. Be it hobby classes, outings or just reading a book, invest in something that refreshes your mind.
3. Choose to respond positively to any negative situation.
Staying happy is truly a key to healthy living. When you smile and laugh, the body actually releases positive hormones and your stress level comes down. And when it comes to frustrating situations, make it a habit to react patiently and see the other half of the glass full, instead of the empty half.
4. Follow a detox routine every day.
Flushing out those toxins from the system helps us keep illness at bay, and stay fit as a fiddle. One of the easiest ways to do that is by following a detox routine. This will help you keep your digestive system clean, and hence helps you stay energized and focused all day. Something as simple as the morning lemon elixir would be great too.
5. Meditate for 5-10 minutes every morning.
The objective is to just focus on being calm, mindful and present for a set amount of time every day. Throughout the day, with so much happening around, it can be hard to have a moment where your mind gets to be blank (in a good way). Praying or meditating for even those few minutes helps your mind get energized.
6. Quit the soda, completely.
The sugar and the gas in your aerated drinks do harm your body, so rather quit them! An easy way to do this is by replacing it with healthier options like green tea, juices, or milk-based drinks. And as far as alcohol is concerned, you know the answer to that too!
7. Get a good sleep for 7-9 hours every night.
Sleep is divine. Never compromise on your sleep for anything at all. Avoid using night lights and sleep in a dark room so that your brain can prepare your body to fall asleep. Ensure that you get at least 7-9 hours of good sleep to rejuvenate your body and brain.
Well, since lifestyle diseases are increasing rapidly amongst millennials, it is essential to take determined steps to ensure good health. But, one important step is to also get specialized health insurance plans. Instead of going for a general health insurance plan, it is better to take up plans relevant to diseases that are rapidly on the rise to secure our and our loved one’s future. Problems related to the heart and cancer have been very prevalent, for which insurance plans are available that are much cheaper than general health insurance plans. For eg. The 10 lakh cancer plan costs only Rs. 61 per month, and the 5 lakh heart insurance plan costs Rs. 38 per month. Also, they have lump sum payouts on diagnosis, no affiliation with any particular hospitals, or any co-payment requirements; hence making it convenient. They are available for longer terms and some products even offer waiver of premiums for the entire term. With the rising costs and health complexities, it is essential to consider specialized care against heart and cancer. Moreover, it allows you to secure the future of your spouse and children as well under the MPW Act. Plus, the younger you are while investing in these plans, the lesser premium you will have to pay.
Make wise choices as you step into the New Year 2018! Why not start by calculating your premium here via this calculator:
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News credit : Indiatimes