Health is the general condition of the body and the mind. A healthy lifestyle is a manner or way of living that enables one to develop a general condition of the body and mind that is free of sickness and disease. Every activity that the individual undertakes and the decisions that he/she makes affects his/her lifestyle either positively or negatively. Therefore, there is the need for every individual to plan his activities and make sound decisions that would affect his/her health positively.
There are some activities that can tremendously improve the healthy lifestyle of an individual. These activities have been time-tested and have proved beyond all reasonable doubt to affect one’s health positively. To assist in remembering them easily, we would rather use an acronym ‘SPARKLE’ to stand for all of those activities. Each of these initials stands for a vital activity in life that prolongs one’s lifespan and improves the health condition of a person.
S – Sleep
P – Plan every day
A – Anticipate less
R – Relax
K – Keep your temper under control
L – Laugh more
E – Exercise regularly
Sleep has been recommended as the best antidote to restore the body organs to work more effectively and efficiently. Our bodies are like machines that need to be halted or stopped for a considerable time. Doing this helps all the organs of the body to renew their strengths. It also prevents us from overworking our bodies which usually result in a breakdown which may be evident through sickness or even death.
It is recommended that the body should take a nap for not less than eight hours a day to help its organs to work well. It is wrong to strain the body if it gives signals that it needs to rest and it would even be a death blow if we try to induce our bodies to work an extra mile by taking in hard and unhealthy drugs and liquors like ‘Caffeine’ etc. just to stay awake all day. Let’s allow the body to take its natural course of rest and allow it to rest since this would positively affect our health.
• Plan Everyday
Many sicknesses especially heartaches are as a result of poor or no planning of activities that one wants to undertake in a day. The Bible even admonishes that ‘the shrewd one considers or plans his steps (activities)’. If you fail to plan for your activities every day you put a strain on the brain and you push it to adjust to new activities without prior consultations. It also results in overworking of the body which can cause high fevers and headaches. Therefore, it is advisable to plan your activities for a particular day the night before the day. Though unforeseen events may arise, yet we can minimize it considerably and improve our health if we plan.
• Anticipate Less
Imperfect as we all are, there is the great tendency to anticipate the unfolding of events and the outcomes of our decisions. However, it would also be wrong to anticipate too much of the future. This puts unnecessary pressure on the body and negatively affects the heart especially in situations where the matter at stake affects us and our business directly. It can also negatively affect our activities we need to do for the day. Experience has shown that some businessmen commit serious arithmetic mistakes as a result of extreme anticipation of past business transactions of which they have paid dearly. Others who work on machines in the industry have even lost control and endangered their lives. The candid truth is that our extreme anticipation cannot overturn situations or results of our decisions. Think or anticipate less and leave matters to God and move on with the planned activities for the day.
Relaxation is one of the activities that set the body in its right and perfect tone. If we relax our bodies by engaging in a recreational activity such as listening to music, watching a video or sport, sightseeing etc. refreshes our bodies. It will be as if we have charged our body ‘batteries’ new. It gives us a new ‘spirit’ or energy to work. As artists, we gain are able to brainstorm and generates a lot of creative ideas for the production of functional artifacts. Remember the old maxim that says ‘All work and no play make Jack a dull boy’. Don’t be too engross or busy in your work, relax and engage in a wholesome recreation to keep your body healthy always.
• Keep Your Temper under Control
Anger is like fire. If not kept under control can burn a whole house as it were. Therefore when tempers are high, exercise self-control or engage in activities that can calm your tempers down. Such activities include taking a walk off the scene, talking about the matter with a trusted friend or engaging in your favorite hobby such as drawing, painting or listening to music. In fact, if tempers are kept unchecked, they can cause serious health problems such as heartaches and other diseases related to the lungs. Also, because the victim is not thinking straight, he/she may take wrong decisions and act unwisely. It is advisable not to act in a provoked situation, just take your leave and remember that we all err against one another. Not making an issue out of what ensued between you and the one who angered you or harboring resentment will improve your health greatly.
• Laugh More
Laughter is a major tool that improves one’s health. Studies have revealed that people who laugh always live long more than those who harbor resentments. Laughing helps in relaxing the muscles causing them to work more effectively. Health experts like clinical psychologists use laughing as a therapy in treating individuals with depression to help restore their emotional state. Therefore, laugh more and don’t frown or always put on a serious look. This would improve your health.
• Exercise Regularly
Exercise is the activity of exerting one’s muscles in various ways to keep fit. Exercise helps in strengthening the joints, muscles, and tissues of the body while improving on one’s heart condition. It assists greatly in the circulation of blood throughout the entire body. Exercising on a regular basis can help in avoiding stroke, a disease caused by a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain. It is advised that a thirty minutes exercise on a daily basis can significantly improve one’s health. Doctors even recommend exercise as a cure to thousands of ailments. Therefore, make time every morning to exercise your body and make sure you do it daily to improve your health condition.