How to Start Living a Healthy Life
Who doesn’t want to live a longer and healthier life? How insanely amazing is it to be alive, to draw breath, to experience music, to see in color, to know that we’re the culmination of millions of years of evolution, and to realize how astronomically lucky we are to exist. Given all this, why are we continually improving on ways to kill each other and ourselves?
We’re human. We’re the epitome of imperfection, and we’re going to make a cornucopia of blunders for the foreseeable future. However, we can learn, adapt, and dare to be better. I used to drink, smoke, eat a lot of junk food and drive without a seatbelt. It wasn’t until my life was at stake that I examined the gift of life.
Become More Active
Living a Healthy Life Tip #1
The human body was not designed to be inactive; it was designed for mobility. Sitting is not a natural state for us, it is only that our skeletal system aligns and conforms the way it did to accommodate our poor habits. Our skeletal system is of paramount importance to our health and our very lives. With increased inactivity, our bones and joints will wear down, much like our muscles will begin to atrophy.
For those not accustomed to activity, walking is a great start. Additionally, in 2002 a study conducted by the American Heart Association determined that walking briskly is just as valid at lowering stress and lousy cholesterol as running without specific strains on the body. Also will ward off heart disease and diabetes. Here are a few reasons why you should be walking rather than running:
- Consistent running can cause articular cartilage damage and may also lead to bone conditions like osteoarthritis.
- Running can hamper your immune system’s effectiveness. Thus runners are more susceptible to infections, and more open to illnesses.
- Running can stress your heart and lead to further damage, and walking will spare you cardiovascular damage.
- Running may lead to joint damage and loss of glycoproteins, the lubricant in our joints.
- Runners burn not only fat but muscle. So, if your goal is to build and maintain muscle, avoid running too often.
Anyone can throw activity facts at you, but it is ultimately you that must decide if your longevity is worth walking for half an hour a day. You will have to find the motivation to change your ways. If it’s not running or walking, finding an activity that you can engage in daily is imperative.
If you cannot find the will for yourself, then find the will for a loved one.
Have a Healthy Sex Life
Living a Healthy Life Tip #2
Having healthy sexual relations has an abundance of positive effects on the human body and the mind. Engaging in two to three sexual activity a week can increase blood flow, boost immunity, lower your blood pressure, improve your sleep cycles, improve your hearts efficiency, and burn as many calories as a 30-minute run. Also, the mere act itself isn’t too shabby either.
Another health benefit of increased sexual relations merely is all the human contact. A research study undertaken by the Coca-Cola company (ironic considering how unhealthy soft drinks can be for you), which included 16 countries over four continents, concluded that human contact is the most common factor in attaining and maintaining happiness.
A secondary way to have a healthy sex life doesn’t risk having unprotected sex. What good is striving to live a healthier life if you’re going to toss the dice to avoid a minor inconvenience? Don’t merely have a sex life, have a healthy sex life: all the rewards, none of the risk.
Manage Your Daily Calorie Intake
Living a Healthy Life Tip #3
Unlike walking or having copious amounts of sex to improve your health and extend your life, managing what you consume will by far require the most willpower. A diet rich in healthy proteins, healthy fats, fruits/vegetables, and nuts will go a long way towards adding years to your life. Also, it’s not just what you eat, but how much you eat.
Dan Buettner, a notable author who conducts longevity studies globally, discovered that the most senior members of the Japanese populace stopped eating part way from being full. Additionally, researchers from the University of St. Louis determined to eat smaller meals slowed the aging process.
During the study taking place in 2008, the research concluded that lowering caloric intake inhibits the production of a hormone called T3, which adversely affects metabolism and increases the aging process. So, if you’re planning on living well through your 90s, it may not be so bad not to clean your plate. Or you can prepare a dish that will not satiate your hunger, as to avoid any unwanted waste of food.
In conjunction with limiting your caloric intake, consuming a healthy amount of water is vital to maintaining weight, overall health and preserving your youth. In a temperate climate, the Institute of Medicine recommends drinking between 2.5 to 3 liters a day. Water flushes your system of harmful toxins, delivers nutrients to your cells, and it keeps you looking and feeling young, not a bad deal.
Living a Healthy Life Tip #4
Carcinogens are cancer-causing elements. In this day and age, we are more aware than ever of carcinogens and how to avoid or circumvent them. If you’re looking to extend your life expectancy, here are some carcinogens to be vigilant against:
Cigarette Smoke – If you’re a smoker then you have my sincerest empathy. I’ve had that proverbial monkey on my back, and many people are fortunate never to know the ashy grasp it has on a person. Quitting can increase your lifespan as much as 15 years.
UV Rays – When you’re out in the sun for an extended period, dab on some sunblock for much-needed UVA and UVB protection. For me, I stay out of the sun altogether, and it is the number one natural element that ages the skin — also, sports shades that are polarized and have sufficient UV protection. If you intend to live long and see the future, you’re going to want to protect your eyes.
Pesticides – Utilized for the kill and control of bugs, containing many carcinogens, including most notably sodium 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetate. Extended periods of exposure has been linked to leukemia and lymphoma. I buy and eat only certified pesticide-free fruits and vegetables.
Additives and Chemicals – Prepare yourself, this might be a surprising list of carcinogens that are in our everyday products, such as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Cover Girl Natural Finish Makeup, Dove Bar Soap, Crest Toothpaste With Tarter Control, Tide Laundry Detergent, Cheer Laundry Detergent, Lysol Disinfectant. Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs to name a few.
I can keep going, but I’d instead encourage you to seek out the products you use often, and do a little research on the chemicals that are being used. It should be a stark reminder that we have not yet surpassed the age where man’s concern for fellow man is exceeded over the greed of men.
Get Deep Sleep
Living a Healthy Life Tip #5
There is no substitute to rejuvenate the mind and the body than a deep, drug-free, natural six to seven hours of sleep. Yes, I said seven and not eight. New studies are emerging that strongly suggest that eight hours of sleep might be doing more harm than good. People who took part in the study who slept six to seven hours had a lower mortality rate.
Aim for as much uninterrupted sleep as possible, try to adhere to a sharp sleep schedule. When you reach REM sleep, your body is busy rebuilding tissue, renewing the body from the inside out. Sleeping in total darkness will aid you to fall asleep quicker, so avoid leaving your television or laptop on. Also, avoid stimulating activities 20 minutes before heading to bed.
Not getting deep enough, restful sleep will inevitably result in anxiety, moodiness, lower serotonin levels, increase in stress, weight fluctuations, vision complications and weakening of the immune system. We spend one-third of our entire lives in a bed, make sure you’re sleeping as comfortably as possible.
Spend Time With Friends and Family
Living a Healthy Life Tip #6
Much research has determined that loneliness and depression are show stoppers. Therefore, I think it poetically fits as far as human mortality is concerned. If you’re deprived of strong family ties, a multitude of friendships, and suffer bouts of solitude and depression, then you are at higher risk of heart disease.
Loneliness and depression can cause inflammation and lower your immune system’s defenses to shield you from infections and diseases. But I think the psychological ramifications are even worse. There’s loads of anecdotal evidence supporting that when people lose the will to live, death isn’t far behind. If the sounds mentioned above sound like it fits you, then use this information as your strength to commit making more connections with people around you.
To jump-start the procedure, maybe you can consider adopting a pet. Also, caring for a pet relieves stress, keeps loneliness and depression at bay, and has been proven to extend an individual’s life. Many beautiful animals are euthanized every year, you can save their life, and in return, they can help keep yours.
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