Topics on health and wellbeing are among most popular subjects in all media sources. People are aware about them and yet why are there are so many who do not take this on board?
The reasons are varied. Some are ignorant or apathetic and just go along with life’s pleasures. Others get lost in conflicting evidence and contradicting advice about healthy lifestyle and decide to abandon it altogether. Many start following the recommendations obtained from reputable information sources from their point of view, and soon become frustrated with the outcomes.
So what is the solution? The solution is difficult as it can be easy to get misguided about what is right, yet it is still possible.
Here are some common misconceptions you should consider when trying to adhere to healthy lifestyle. The answers are a brief snapshot and we will discuss them further and in details in subsequent articles.
1. Drinking enough water, getting adequate sleep and positive thinking prevent serious diseases
This is very insufficient as many other factors can affect your health and wellbeing and deserve attention. They include:
2. Eating 2-3 serves of fruits and 4-5 serves of vegetables daily is required for maintaining good health
This is partly correct, but you need to consider what proportion raw and minimally processed fruits and vegetables constitute in your daily ration. This is an important parameter which is often overlooked.
3. Moderate exercise of 3-3.5 hours per week is sufficient for a healthy lifestyle
This recommendation is vague as frequency, duration, intensity and other aspects of exercise programs are important for achieving your goals. Exercise programs should take into consideration a variety of factors such as your health status, age, gender, fitness level, type of work you do e.g. sedentary or physical and other parameters.
4. Diet is the best way to achieve and maintain healthy weight
Restrictive diets usually fail to reach this goal. This might be a temporary solution but as soon as you get off the diet you gain your weight back, sometimes more than before the diet.
5. Sun avoidance and regular application of sunscreen are necessary for health
These recommendations need additional clarifications. Excessive sun exposure is risky and should definitely be avoided. However modern research indicates that sufficient sun exposure during appropriate times of the day without applying sunscreen is required for the biosynthesis of vitamin D which is mandatory for disease prevention and maintaining good health. A balance is required to get the best results and avoid overexposure.
6. Eating a wide variety of food is required for good health
This is a very vague statement as it could lead to misinterpretations. It is highly important to ensure that your daily ration is balanced to ensure that you are getting the main nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Other factors, however, are involved. Like exercise your diet should also take into consideration your age, gender, level of physical activity, special physiological conditions such as pregnancy, breastfeeding and other factors to make it healthy and satisfy your needs.
7. You need to make adjustments to your life style only when it is required
This is totally wrong. You have probably heard the expression that prevention is better than cure. You need to start introducing appropriate lifestyle modifications as early as possible. This would help in preventing potential health problems. Many health disorders, if left untreated, could evolve into serious issues. Get professional advice on how to maintain your health and wellbeing.