"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." ~ Buddha
Most people would agree that the key to good health is lifestyle. But what does that mean? What does a healthy lifestyle consist of? Though the mix might be different for everyone, there are some elements that are necessary to a healthy lifestyle: exercise and activity; good nutrition with healthy and diverse foods; and, perhaps not something most people would think of as part of a healthy lifestyle, family and friends.
Exercise and activity are an important part of a healthy living, but this doesn’t have to mean heading to the gym. Sometimes going to the gym can be a major headache—it costs money, takes time, and means you have to be around other sweaty, grunting people. To integrate exercise into your lifestyle for good health, try to find ways to add to your activity level every day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. Walk around your workplace once every 20 or 30 minutes. Start taking an evening walk after dinner. Remember: a little bit here and there will be more effective than a gym membership that costs too much and is never used.
In addition to exercise anywhere and everywhere, if you want to enjoy a healthy living, then food has to be an important part of that. The effects of fast food, sugary drinks, and fatty snacks are widely known; however, it can be hard to follow all the advice one hears on TV and the internet. Stick with simpler ideas. First, don’t radically change your diet. Change things too much and too quickly, and it’ll become very hard to stick with the change. Simply try to understand the nutrition facts and substitute healthier items when you can, like carrots for a late night snack rather than pizza. Also, try not to feel bad about that cheeseburger—the spiral of guilt, depression and eating is horrible, and you don’t need it. Try to add variety to your diet, and try to eat a little less. If your weight issues are more serious, of course you need to talk to your doctor or a nutritionist. For good health, aim for good nutrition with natural, healthy foods whenever you can.
Finally, the most important element to a healthy lifestyle is to involve your family and friends. It will be a lot easier to take those walks around the office if your co-workers are in on your lifestyle choices, and it will be a lot easier to grab those carrots if your family makes sure to pick them up at the store for you. If the key to good health is healthy living, then it’s best to choose a lifestyle that brings you closer to your friends and family. This part of a healthy lifestyle should not be underestimated—all the exercise, hard work, and healthy food won’t make you happy, at least not in isolation.
If the key to good health is lifestyle, then choose a lifestyle that keeps you not only healthy, but happy too—because happiness helps you stay healthy, and vice-versa.
"We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are." ~ Adelle Davis
We all have heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Eating a proper diet, without a doubt, is the key to good health. Countless studies have shown the benefits of good nutrition. It is important to understand that looking healthy and being healthy are two very different things. The benefits of good balanced nutrition leads to both looking healthy and being healthy.
With today’s busy lifestyle, most turn to the convenience of fast food or the easy grab and go foods. It is not a secret that this type of poor eating habit leads to weight problems. The statistics on obesity is astounding; even more alarming is the numbers on obesity among children. By being aware of the nutrition facts and other nutrition information, one can begin to take action and make smart choices. It is important that one learns to balance their diet, and most importantly learn to not over indulge. The children need to be shown how to make the proper healthy choices.
With as much emphasis placed on obesity, there is the other extreme of being too skinny. Today’s media glorifies the skinny models; some take it as being skinny is the ideal look. This leads to another poor eating habit of not getting good nutrition and enough proper nutrients the body needs. So, although one might think that they are healthy because they look skinny, it is only on the surface. The body is being starved of necessary and important nutrients.
It is a known fact that food is needed by the body to function. Different types of food provide different nutritional benefits to the body. Understanding the nutrition facts is important, and so is ensuring that the body’s nutritional needs are met. By doing this, the body is healthy and be less susceptible to common known illnesses.
Healthy living starts off with eating balanced meals that feed both the body and soul. Including greens into daily diets as well as other colorful foods help to cleanse the body of toxins that are formed by consuming overly-processed, greasy foods. One helpful tip is to eat all colors of the rainbow so that nutrients are maximized each meal. This does not mean that a healthy person never indulges in desserts, drinks, or sweets. Health is not a restriction; being healthy merely means that a person does not over-indulge and knows how to eat in moderation. A slice of cake on the weekend or a drink out with friends does not have to lead to guilt and shame. Rather, it can be a nice way to reduce stress.
Yes, you are what you eat. Having proper eating habits and maintaining a balanced diet is important in leading a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know the proper moderation and to vary the food intake. Good nutrition is the key.
"When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease." ~ V.L. Allineare
Exercise is not just a lifestyle choice, it is an absolute necessity. Often, people make excuses to avoid exercise programs. Excuses like work, children, home maintenance, the weather, fatigue, and many more are easy to find. This is sheer laziness, and it is slowly leading to the increase of obesity. Sedentary lifestyle is becoming more and more common. People are gaining more and more weight. People are becoming more and more at risk for many health issues, including heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes. This is a growing health crisis, and it is self-inflicted. It is a choice that leads to poor health; a choice that needs to change.
Many people avoid exercise with the justification that it is too hard, too time-consuming or too expensive. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It does not require an expensive set of weights, or pricey exercise equipment. It does not require fancy clothing or a gym membership. It does not require anyone to commit to spending several hours a day on exercise routines. It does not require any sort of degree or certification for getting fit. All it requires is a conscious decision for healthy living.
That decision is perhaps the hardest thing anyone will ever have to do, as far as exercise goes. Humans are a lazy species, by default at rest. It is far easier to sit on the couch and watch television, or play video games. It is far easier to sit at the computer, or text on a mobile phone or tablet, than to decide to get in shape. But, once that decision is made, there is little that is easier, or more satisfying to a human being.
Diet is a critical part of getting fit, and goes hand in hand with exercise, therefore eating right, and making the commitment to get fit, is another thing about healthy lifestyle that is remotely difficult. Diet is not just about caloric intake, but also about the nutrition facts. It is not just about numbers on a scale, it is about fueling the exercise process. In order to maintain exercise programs, fuel intake for the body has to meet the needs of the body, or the body could go into shutdown mode. This can greatly impact the ability to keep the daily exercise routine going. Food intake is a critical part of getting fit.
The simplest way to start an exercise routine is to start walking daily. Walking is the most basic form of exercise available. It costs nothing. It involves no special equipment. It does not take much time. It can be done while doing other things, or on the way to do other things, so it fits in well with even the most busy lifestyle. It is also very low impact, and is thus friendly to very overweight people as well.
There is simply no excuse that is good enough to avoid this exercise routine. Get outside and go for a walk. Choose good health to live a longer life. Choose to exercise, right now.