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Being healthy and happy is a serious endeavour. It takes effort, persistence and formation of good habits.

Eat healthy food and exercise regularly

Your body needs regular movement to stay active. And to move, it needs fuel, in the form of food. Not all food is created equal, so you need to be selective in what goes into your mouth.

When you eat right and you exercise regularly, you will stay on the healthy weight range. This is important for the health of your organs and your bones – basically, the things that you don’t necessarily see with your eyes, but can feel within your body.

It is a sad fact of life that as you get older, your body deteriorates, your bones lose strength and become more prone to breaking. The point is not to not become old, but to maintain your health to enable you to age gracefully.

Staying on the healthy weight range is also important as being overweight can make your body sick. It can also be a sign that you are not happy.

Do things that make you feel happy

If you want to eat ice cream every day, you can. Just remember to do so in moderation. You need to exercise every day, so you may as well pick activities that you enjoy. If you don’t like to run in the morning, don’t torture yourself every morning.

Go running in the afternoon instead, or pick a different form of exercise. You don’t have to join a gym if you don’t want to. You can exercise anywhere you want to. You can even exercise with a Youtube video.

Have a job that gives you enough money to survive. If you like your job, that’s great. If you don’t like your job, that’s fine. Not every job is enjoyable or even likeable. Pick another activity that gives your life meaning.

This can be as simple as spending time with friends or family doing fun things, having regular me-time, or doing volunteer work. Pick the ones that work for you and do them.

If you find yourself disliking them after some time, just pick different activities. Everything changes and so do you. The key is doing something about it so that you can keep yourself happy.

Avoid bad things like smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Why? Because there are certain things in life that are just simply not good for you. These are the things that you must avoid. Smoking makes your body sick.

You may not feel it straight away, but you will feel it at some point in life. Drinking alcohol everyday can make your body sick; more than 2 drinks of alcohol a day is too much.

There are certain medicines that result in dangerous implications to your body when consumed with alcohol. Talk to your doctor about your medicines and drinking alcohol.

Take care of your health
In addition to healthy eating and regular exercise, you need to brush your teeth every morning and night, take a shower and clean yourself daily and engage in some form of self-grooming.

See your doctor at least once every year for a full check-up. The doctor may need to do blood tests and take your blood pressure. The doctor will also talk to you about whether you want to have needles (called immunisations) which help you to stay healthy.

See your dentist at least once every year, ideally every 6 months for a deep, professional clean. If your teeth are not healthy your body can get sick.

Seek medical advice

When you are sick, go and see a medical professional. Sometimes you need to take medicine to keep you healthy. Your doctor should be able to prescribe the right medication for you and also explain why you are taking the medicine.

If you don’t understand, ask questions. The doctor should check how your medicines are working for you. If you are still not well, go back to the doctor so that you can be cured.

Remember making one small change at a time will help you to stay on track to being the healthy and happy version of you. Making little changes here and there is the first step to achieving your goal, be it to lose weight, get fitter, relax more, focus on mental health, or just eating more vegetables. Just take that one step, do it every day and keep experimenting to find what works for you.

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