Is your lifestyle positively affecting your health or destroying it? The constant reminder to stay healthy is everywhere from billboards to social media, but unfortunately, we’ve gotten so used to it, muted it out, and failed to live out its message consistently. All it takes is making small behavioral changes, one-step at a time. Amid the current situation, there is no reason to turn a blind eye because you can still keep your body and mind on the right track even while at home. Here is a practical guide with simple ways you can create healthy habits.
Moderate screen time
On average, both men and women in the UAE spend 6 hours a day on their screens, which amounts to 25% of an entire day. In 10 years, a person would have spent 2.5 years browsing through his or her phone. The presence of social media, television, and gadgets are not entirely to blame. Instead, the problem is in failing to balance screen time and being fully present. Failure to live a balanced life can be detrimental not only to self, but to relationships as well. To regulate the amount of time you spend on your phone, delete or get rid of applications that you do not need and challenge yourself to eat without scrolling through your phone. At home, you can limit screen time for your kids by setting up fun and constructive activities that they can do instead of watching TV. While at the dinner table, focus on having conversations between family members and keep your phone and other gadgets away.
Approximately 20% of adults in UAE live with diabetes and 40% of children are overweight or obese. High consumption of carbs such as sugars and processed grains are partly to blame. So how can we make healthy eating fun and exciting? Blend up your favorite fruits and veggies into a smoothie for a change. If you enjoy pizza, you can make it at home and make it healthier by regulating the amount of cheese and adding extra veggies such as onions, tomatoes, and peppers. For dessert, you can substitute ice cream with yogurt and nuts.