Every year, India celebrates her Republic Day on the 26th of January. The day is celebrated to mark the date India’s Constitution came into effect in 1950. A ritual that every citizen looks forward to annually is the Republic Day Parade – where India’s diversity is showcased through different tableaus, and our military forces participate in the famous event. It is a national festival that all Indians celebrate together, and hope to build a better nation for the future. The day also gives us, as citizens, to look forward to the promise of a healthier country.

This Republic Day, make a health pledge to yourself, your loved ones and your country. Set goals and build healthy habits that include good nutrition, physical activity, sufficient rest and regular check-ups for a healthier and fitter you. 

Here are five simple tips to help you get started:

1). Practise Good Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene refers to practices and habits that can improve your ability to fall and stay asleep. Sleep is essential to our health and allows our bodies to rest and repair. Poor sleep is linked to many mental health problems, like anxiety and depression. 

Understand how much sleep your body needs and ensure you plan your day to get those hours of sleep. Shorter power naps throughout the day act as quick resets during a busy day and have been linked to increased creativity, productivity and focus. 

Sleep is essential to stay productive, alert, motivated, energetic and stress-free. Try sleeping in a dark room, listening to soothing music or doing some light reading before bed. Maintain a routine for your sleep so your body can get adjusted to your lifestyle.

2). Eat a Balanced Diet & Hydrate

The famous Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”. Eating healthy food fills your body with nutrients and energy. 

A well-balanced diet provides essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients and adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to keep the body and mind strong and healthy. 

What we eat can become sustenance and have healing and protective health benefits. A nutritious diet can ward off numerous diseases and health complications, maintain healthy body weight, provide energy, allow better sleep, and improve brain function. Diet is as important as exercise on the path to good health. Drink sufficient water throughout the day. 

Consume a mixture of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins without eliminating any essential macro ingredients. Eat healthy portions throughout the day, and eat on time to stabilise our metabolism. Avoid alcohol and processed junk food rich in sugars, unhealthy fats and sodium.

3). Exercise Regularly

Make exercise a priority, and integrate it into your daily routine. Try working out at least 3 to 4 times a week. Exercising not only builds stamina and burns calories but also releases dopamine and other happy hormones. Exercise helps you lose weight, build muscle and stamina, and maintain weight loss. It is also essential to keeping dangerous and chronic conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure at bay. 

Staying active can boost your energy and your mood. It can also promote healthier sleeping habits, allowing your body to fall into a balanced routine. Find a form of exercise that suits you, whether it is gymming, walking or a sport you can play with friends. Mix it up, so you do not become bored with a repetitive form of activity!

4). Mental Health Matters

In recent years, our society has made significant strides towards accepting and acknowledging mental health’s importance. While there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental illness, the conversation around mental health has begun, resulting in many people being more open about their issues. Right from easy access to mental health professionals, to support loved ones, we are slowly moving towards a world that recognises the importance of treating mental illness. 

Mental health is as important as physical help, and we need to seek a professional’s help when needed. A healthy mind is an integral part of a healthy body. Being mindful of our actions, acknowledging and accepting our emotions can go a long way in our path to a healthier mental state.

5). Regular Health Check-Ups

Taking care of our bodies should be a task we regularly perform, not just when there is a health emergency. Regular health check-ups reduce risk of diseases and help the doctors diagnose a condition that may be life-threatening at an early stage. Early detection of a severe illness can improve prognosis and increase a person’s fighting chances. A timely visit to the physician can catch diseases early and nip it in the bud.

Regular check-ups allow our physician to track our health and prompt us when something needs immediate care. This helps us to avoid paying excessive medical bills.

To Sum It Up:

Our health is indeed our, and the country’s wealth. This Republic Day, pledge to be a healthier and fitter person as a part of nation-building. Consult India’s top medical experts from the comfort of your home on DocVita: docvita.com!