No matter how active we are and how much we love exercise in the fresh air—we spend most of our lives indoors. Accordingly, the importance of living in a healthy environment is of some importance and we should all try to integrate healthy activities and practices into our lives. Take a look at some of these interior design ideas that should help improve the quality of your domestic routine.
Around one third of our life is spent in bed. Therefore, we should make sure we are in good hands, and that a good night's sleep is guaranteed. Important factors for an undisturbed and restful sleep are:
The mattress: the perfect mattress adjusts to the body shape, is air-permeable, breathable and free of pollutants—as not to irritate the skin. For this purpose, a flexible slatted bed frame should be used to ensure adequate support. A good quality mattress should last for around eight to ten years.
Fresh air: fresh air is an important comfort factor that we should not underestimate, because it promotes a healthy and restful sleep. For those who don't want to sleep with the windows ajar, should leave them open for about ten minutes before going to bed.
Electronics: make your bedroom is an electro-free zone (with the exception of your alarm clock maybe). This means your mobile phone, TV, PC, radio and co. should all go because it distracts you from a good night’s sleep - no matter how tempting they are!
Tidiness: Your surrounding is also important for a good sleep. Your bedroom should be neat and no clothes or other stuff should lay around. If everything is clean and well structured around you, it is easier to calm down and sleep well.
House plants are not just decorative accessories that can beautify our home, they also improve the indoor climate significantly by filtering pollutants from the air, producing oxygen and providing a higher level of humidity. Particularly effective plants include, for example, palms due to the fact they require little maintenance.
These interior design ideas are not only for those who pay attention to sustainability, but also include ideas for doing good for the environment and their own body and conscience. From alternative energy, to alternative building materials and sustainable eco-furniture, there are numerous possibilities for the environmentally conscious to ultimately improve their quality of living and lead to a better lifestyle.
Whether at your desk, in bed or on the couch—ergonomic furniture is on the rise; as more and more people suffer from bodily aches, like back pain, that can be caused in part by bad posture and cramped seating positions. Ergonomic furniture considers our demand for comfort and health, and ensure that we are more comfortable, healthier and have pain-free sitting, lying and working in general.
To function properly, our body needs plenty of fluid. The fact that we should drink at least two litres of water per day is known to most of us, but many of us don’t manage it. It’s important to always have on hand a little fresh water and make sure that you get enough liquid intake. An easy option is to always have a full Brita filter in the fridge, so you can top yourself up now and again.
To play sport, move and remain physically and mentally fit is one of the most important factors in healthy living. Many of us have to fight with our consciences and can no longer bring ourselves to keep active—especially after long work days. This shouldn't be an issue though because you can quite easily work out in your own home. For this, one doesn't have to get a complete gym set, a home fitness DVD is even a good start—assuming you actually use it regularly!