Healthy living is the practice of health enhancing behaviors. In this day and era where chronic diseases and long term illness is on the rise, being healthy should be our overall lifestyle.
There is an Akan proverb that “Sank)fa Yenkyi ” which translates (it is not wrong to go back). Some of our old ways of living helped to improve on our health, but modernization made us refrain from these healthy lifestyle.
1. Frequent walking: A study shows that more time walking means less time in the hospital.The average man couldn’t afford a car some decades ago due to that, people used to walk several miles to carry out their daily activities.Walking is a major form of exercise which is very good in improving our health.The use of vehicle is rampant in both rural and urban areas in this decade, they pose a greater risk to our health by polluting the air and also create traffic congestion. However we should learn to create that balance in order not to depend solely on the vehicles which will in turn do as a greater harm.
2.Eating organic foods: How your food is grown can have a major impact on your mental and emotional health. Organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers.With the rise in cancer and hypertension these days, people should consider the kind of foods they consume in order to avoid these ailments. In the olden days, a lot of households use to grow their foods ranging from fruits,vegetables, tubers and even rearing of animals. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients such as antioxidants and also has the tendency to lessen allergic reactions. Organic foods these days are relatively expensive compared to foods that are grown using synthetic fertilizers. But we should always remember that our health is our greatest wealth.
3. Enjoyment Of Local Beverages: Before the introduction of European grape fruit (wine) to the continent, we had a variety of locally produced beverages like Palm-wine, Sobolo/ Bisaap, Lamugin (Chilled ginger drink), Asaana drink, were enjoyed for centuries. These beverages are mostly prepared with natural ingredients which helps to improve on its medicinal and nutritional values. Most of these assorted drinks contain preservatives that poses a great risk to our health. Local drinks such as freshly tapped palm-wine contains less alcohol and vitamin C which helps maintain good eyesight.
4. Participation ln Recreational Activities: All work and no play doesn’t just make Jack dull but it kills the potential of discovery and it hinders innovation and invention. Our world now is filled with stress and anxiety from work, family and the society at large. But through it all we need to make out time to relieve stress. In the olden days we used to sit by our parents or grandparents to play games and listen to folklore after a hard day’s work.Those quality moments spent with family were fun and educative. These times we hardly make time for family and even ourselves, it’s either we are glued to our computers, TV or mobile phones. Recreational activities are good for our physical and mental health.
We should make a conscious effort to live a healthy lifestyle because it helps us to feel good about ourselves and also enhance our self image and esteem respectively.