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How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

 

Are you living a healthy lifestyle? These are my thoughts on How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle that I wanted to share with all of you. I wrote this to help you to understand the importance of healthy eating and living a lifestyle.

The food that we eat significantly affects our energy level, mood, the way we think, and how we relate to other people. Carefully choosing the right kinds of food may prove to be a challenge because of the wide variety of great tasting meals that surround us.

More often, we eat more than what our bodies can burn. We consume excessive amounts of sugar, calories and fat, daily, which may lead to obesity or other health illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular ailments.

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Healthy eating pyramid

Healthy eating does not mean being unrealistically strict about what we should eat. There isn’t any need to deprive ourselves of the food we love. We have to remember that food nourishes our bodies and energizes us. Maintaining a balanced diet means consuming the right proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fibers, vitamins, and minerals.

The food serving size will depend on your age, gender and level of physical activities. Increasing water intake is also a vital part of a healthy diet because it helps clean our systems of harmful toxins and waste products.

Choosing a healthy eating lifestyle also means widening our food choices by trying food that we don’t usually eat, including vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. One way to disguise the taste of fresh fruit and vegetables (for picky eaters) is to make smoothies out of them. Making smoothies are an excellent way to get the beneficial vitamins and minerals that a person needs.

You can still enjoy the food that you love as long as you consume them in moderation. A nutritious diet and an active lifestyle help to reduce the risk of serious diseases. Such as cancer and heart disease.

An annual exam through your preferred Healthcare provider to make sure you are on the right track is recommended.

Importance of Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle may mean something entirely different from one person to the next. Some, define health as living a disease-free life.  Others, healthy means being able to play with grandchildren or adhering to a weekly exercise schedule. I think it means both ideas.

Peoples definition of healthy may differ, but the importance of living a healthy lifestyle is a fundamental component of your optimal mental and physical well-being.

Components

According to the authors of a March 2003 study published in “Age and Ageing”. People with unhealthy habits such as smoking, a poor quality diet, and physical inactivity are at risk for early health decline and death. Although, many factors are contributing to a person’s overall health.

Diet and physical activity are leading factors of your level of health and quality of life. Also, a nutritious diet of whole grains, lean meats, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats (yes I said fats) is necessary for healthy weight management.

Balance in your diet helps you to maintain your energy levels throughout the day. Regular physical exercise may include a variety of aerobic and strength-building exercises. You can prevent weight gain that can lead to many extreme chronic conditions.

Lifestyle habits such as not smoking and limiting alcohol intake contribute to healthy living. Also, getting the proper amount of sleep each day is crucial to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Disease Prevention

An inactive lifestyle is a prominent cause of chronic diseases. Luckily, many of these conditions are manageable. They can be prevented by proper exercise 3 times a week and by being mindful of your food and lifestyle choices.

Developing diabetes is impacted by your diet.  A  study published in March 2001 by “The New England Journal of Medicine,”  found that participants who had maintained a body mass index of 25 or less were considered to have a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As compared to people with higher BMIs. Click on this link to get a BMI-chart for your reference.

Diets that are high in saturated fat (bad fat), sugar, and processed foods quickly leads to weight gain. Being overweight increases, the risk for high blood pressure, arthritis and certain forms of cancer.

Longevity

Living a healthy lifestyle not only improves your quality of life, but it may add years as well. Authors of a June 2002 article published in the “American Journal of Public Health” found that quitting smoking before age 35 adds 6 to 8 years of life. And quitting at age 65 adds 1 to 4 years of life expectancy.

Watching your diet, physical activity and stress levels will allow you to balance all aspects of your life. An annual physical examination by your preferred healthcare provider aids with early detection and treatment of medical conditions. Also, your doctor can recommend lifestyle habits that contribute to a longer and healthier life.

Mental Health

How to deal with stress effectively can play a significant role in maintaining your health. The authors of a September 2012 article published by “Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine,”  found that living a healthy lifestyle by engaging in regular physical activity and eating balanced diet points to lower levels of stress, especially in women.

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Yoga stretching

Finding ways to release anxiety and handle daily pressures can keep stress levels low. Most people find yoga or breathing techniques each morning helps them mentally prepare for the day ahead. Spending a few minutes in thoughtful reflection before going to bed may contribute to improving your sleep quality. And regular exercise increases your brain’s ability to memorize and learn.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you have anything that you’d like to share or any opinions on any of the content on my site, please do speak up. I look forward to your comments, questions and the sharing of ideas.

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6 thoughts on “How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. I enjoyed reading your article about living a healthy lifestyle, there are many benefits to this type of lifestyle as you have shared in this article.

    Would you be able to recommend some health snack options for me and your other readers, I think our snacks are the most important way to stay healthy and maintain our weight?

    1. Hello Jeffrey, how are you doing? Yes as a matter of fact I am putting the finishing touches on an article about healthy snacks. Watch out for it real soon.

  2. Living a healthy lifestyle is definitely a choice anyone can make. It’s crucial to create an awareness about getting ‘healthier’ nowadays because of all these chronic diseases that affects most of us. Balance is key, having a balanced diet, plus regular exercise and getting enough sleep could definitely jumpstart your goal to healthy living.

    1. Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice I believe everyone should make. You are right, balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for your comments.

  3. Healthy living is really gaining popularity nowadays, which is great. I find websites like those, very interesting and useful, because we need more information on this subject. I believe that this tendency will grow and the modern person will go back even further to his roots (the way our ancestors were living). Because the healthy lifestyle is rooted in our past.
    I have no questions for you, Robert. I just want to wish you health, long life and even more success with your website. Keep going!

    1. I couldn’t agree more. Health and wellness are being driven by the baby boomers who want to live healthily and live longer. Technology will make advancements with regard to medical treatments. I also think that we can learn from older civilizations and include their ways into our way of living healthier. Thank-you George and I wish the same for you. I hope you’ll return often because I plan on covering a wide range of healthy eating and lifestyles issues and topics. Thanks again.

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