What is the first thing that strikes your mind when you hear of the world “health”? It is defined as the ability of individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social challenges. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health in its broader sense as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

So how do you maintain it? Here arises the contradiction. Health is something that is easy to take for granted. When we start losing it, it’s hard to believe we spent so long not valuing it. It’s easy to determine it under 3 key concepts: diet, lifestyle and exercise. Or to briefly sum up, having a proper diet, leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining physical fitness through exercises, basically hits the mark.

Secondly, in order to preserve our health we need to maintain a hygiene. As the dictionary states, hygiene is “a condition or practice conducive to the preservation of health, a cleanliness.” Personal hygiene is the first step to good grooming and good health. Elementary cleanliness is common knowledge. Neglect causes problems that you may not even be aware of. Many people with bad breath are blissfully unaware of it. Some problems may not be your fault at all, but improving standards of hygiene will control these conditions. It forms two-thirds of our health. In the words of Jim Carrey, “Much like charity begins at home…a good personal hygience start with you and me.”

Third, habit. Clean and healthy habits form an integral part of our well-being. But today, the world is indeed changed with the changing time. Today we are more inclined to unhealthy habits like smoking, and consuming large quantity of alcohol and drugs. We first make our habits and then our habits make us. So it’s high time that we learn to put a check and make a better living. As Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam rightly puts it, “you cannot change your future but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future”.