You shouldn't be surprised that this one is on the list. It is unavoidable. Physical activity is essential to healthy living. The body was meant to move, and when it does not, it can become unhappy and ill. Physical activity stimulates the body's natural maintenance and repair systems that keep it going. It improves circulation to our heart and lungs. It gives us strength to stave off injuries, and it increases the mobility in our muscles and joints. Physical activity also releases endorphins; the feel good hormones that create a sense of general well being. Physical activity is good for the body and the mind. Exercises include brisk walking, cycling, dancing, swimming, rowing, elliptical workouts and jogging. Yoga, and pilates are also good exercise workouts; however, they should be performed in conjunction with the cardiovascular-type workouts mentioned above.
Have you ever heard of the saying "you are what you eat" or "garbage in garbage out"? Well, it is true. What you put into your body directly affects how you feel physically, your mood, your mental clarity, your internal workings, and even your skin. Eating healthy does not mean eating expensive foods with little taste. As a matter of fact, there are some fantastic health recipes online and in cookbooks that are very healthy. Basically, you want to aim for a diet that is low in salt, fat and unprocessed foods and is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and omega-3 fatty acids. It is also good to take a multi vitamin to ensure you are meeting your nutrient requirements.
The term "healthy lifestyle" seems to be everywhere in the media, although many don't pay attention to what it really means. Learning its importance and how to make changes to achieve it can improve the quality and the length of your life. A healthy lifestyle is composed of a number of factors, of which diet and exercise are the most obvious. Learning to deal with stress, sleeping enough hours, not smoking and drinking responsibly are also part of the equation. Parents who lead a healthy lifestyle are planting the seeds for their kids to go on to healthy lives as well. With childhood obesity reaching epidemic proportions, leading by example is more important than ever, and so is getting your kids involved in learning to live well, eat better, and deal with stress and lack of exercise. Medical conditions that are common in older people such as heart disease, osteoporosis and some cancers can be prevented (or the risk of contracting them diminished). The aging process can be slowed by making healthier choices in different areas, and many chronic diseases can be slowed or prevented. Leading a healthy lifestyle can do more than prevent disease. It can also help you have more energy and stamina, stay slim, be more alert, fight stress and live a longer life. Switching to a healthier lifestyle doesn't need to happen in a day. By making smaller changes and smarter choices you can live with in the long term are better and will provide lasting results.