How To Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle - By April Carson

"Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle"



Physical fitness is not the sole basis of being healthy. The key to a long, happy life is also maintaining mental and emotional health through activities such as meditation or yoga. Achieving this goal can be difficult when living with chronic illnesses that often come from an unhealthy lifestyle due to laziness or lack of self-control. Creating healthier habits will lessen your chances for developing more serious diseases like heart disease on top of any pre-existing conditions you may have already developed because it keeps blood pressure low and helps maintain weight control which in turn improves our moods by lessening depression/anxiety symptoms making us feel better about ourselves!

Think of it this way: If you have a car that is always in the repair shop, how can you expect to go anywhere with it? Taking care of your body and mind by changing unhealthy habits for healthier ones gives us all better chances at living longer and happier lives.


Three Major Components To A Healthy Lifestyle:


A healthy lifestyle requires eating right, exercising and sleep. All three components are equally important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The choices we make in each of these two areas have an impact on our overall health and well-being, so it is vital that these three parts of our daily routines be very closely monitored.


1. Eating Right:


Eating right requires us to pay attention to the foods we put into our bodies. We cannot avoid what we eat, and it is actually a good idea to watch closely what you are eating if you want your body to stay healthy. What you choose to eat on a regular basis affects how well your body functions.


2. Exercise:


Health benefits of exercise include lowering the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. They reduce pain caused by arthritis, osteoporosis, depression and chronic lower back problems. Regular exercisers are generally happier because they feel good about themselves and have a more positive outlook on life. Exercise also can boost self-esteem.


3. Sleep:


The benefits of sleep range from renewed energy to improved memory. Research suggests that getting enough sleep can reduce stress and prevent depression, ADHD in children, and addictive behavior in adults. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 7 hours per night for adults ages 18 to 64, while those over 65 years old should


So Exercising is Not Enough?


Physical fitness might make people think they are automatically fit but there’s much more than just physical activity involved in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s not enough to just exercise for your body to reap the benefits of better health by including your mind and spirit in the process as well. Our bodies are meant to move, but we can’t neglect other facets of our physical selves like our bones, organs, muscles and skin cells which respond positively to being regularly taken care of. The following tips will help you keep this in mind and achieve a holistic approach to health.


Tips:


  1. Make time for your body’s needs even when you are on the go. Small things like drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

  2. Stretching before and after workouts and eating well can make all the difference between beginning a healthy lifestyle and falling into old habits.

  3. Get a massage. Getting a regular massage is not only good for your mind, but also your body, as it improves circulation, helps with the body’s natural detoxification process and reduces stress. If you can’t afford to get massages on a regular basis, try to at least get one every few months.

  4. Keep your body happy and healthy by doing things you love such as reading, listening to music, taking walks through the park or enjoying your favorite hobby. When you enjoy what you are doing, then it is not “work” anymore and can be fun!

  5. And lastly, don’t forget to exercise. This is a vital part of staying healthy, and also helps with stress relief.




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