There are three main parts of a healthy lifestyle:
- Physical, related to the body — exercising, nutrition and sleep/circadian rhythms. That's pretty well-known and obvious.
- Psychological — mindfulness, stress tolerance. We also need to train these skills to keep ourselves in a good state.
- And environmental — both real and digital matters if we are talking about our everyday experiences. We adopt some things, we copy them, and the environment affects us — even what we see outside our window.
The physical level is the ultimate foundation. Nothing else will ever work if we don't pay attention to the basics. And this is already pretty well studied so let's take a deeper look: Exercise
: Our minimum is 150 active minutes and a minimum of two workouts a week. And our optimum is two-three times more — that is 300-450 active minutes and 3-4 sessions of strength training. The minimum is the level below which some diseases start developing, and the optimum is in order for us to have a minimum risk of all diseases generally. Food
: Observe a healthy diet and eat less processed foods, choosing whole foods instead. One basic and effective recommendation is to keep it simple.
: get enough sleep and maintain proper sleep hygiene to take care of the quality of your sleep. We all know some basic things about sleeping — ventilate your bedroom and keep it dark, and avoid electronic devices an hour before bedtime.
Those are the key elements; if we don't follow these basic steps, then other efforts are pointless. Everything sounds pretty simple, but in reality it's really hard to follow — it needs our time and attention and changes the way we are used to live.