Machines are on call 24/7. They are required to work at all hours, at the same tasks, until they break down. Then they are either rebuilt, or scrapped.
Some of us seem to think we need to be living life like that. Many sit at screens all day, then think they’re relaxing by sitting in front of another one most of the night. Other people think they’re relaxing by punishing their bodies in bars and clubs. They convince themselves they don’t need sleep; they eat randomly, and avoid exercise.
Let’s learn from our childhood
We can all sometimes overlook the fact that we’re biologically different from machines. Our lives need a daily routine that includes regularity in our eating, sleeping, social interaction (including family time) physical activity, sunlight – you can think of your own list of essential needs.
We should all recognize the need of routines in children’s upbringing to allow them to thrive. But the approach of adulthood shouldn’t mean that young people give up positive habits and routines learned when they’re young. Why throw away rules that we grew up with because they appear to limit our freedom as we age? Sure, with maturity come different emphases and attitudes but the basic rules are still valuable aids to achieving a balanced, productive and healthy lifestyle.
Daily routines are crucial for all of us
No matter how old you are, or what your place in society might be, recognize the importance of the benefits that positive daily routines and habits can bring. Dr David Agus in his book A Short Guide to a Long Life argues that “optimum health begins with our daily habits”.
So, what are these necessary daily routines or habits? Here are a few important ones:
- Eat a substantial, healthy breakfast – tea and toast is not a satisfactory basis for a day’s work. A satisfying morning meal reduces the need for coffee and doughnuts during the day!
- Exercise when you can. When you walk, do so briskly. Don’t avoid stairs when it’s feasible to use them. Keep your body active when you have to sit for long periods.
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated helps to keep the toxins at bay and reduces the damage from junk foods you’re going to eat anyway.
- Allow sufficient time for sleep. Requirements vary from person to person; find what’s good for you, and make sure you get that much sleep on a regular basis.
Get your life on track; break the machine cycle and become a real, living, healthy, loving person.