Living a healthy life is the key to enjoying a better quality of life. Luckily, for the most part, you are in control of your destiny. Eating well, getting plenty of rest, de-stressing and remaining active are all ways to help you achieve your goal.
The act of being healthy includes your physical and mental health. If there’s something you enjoy doing, make the time to do so. For some, it may be reading or painting. Or, maybe you’re the one who never forgets a birthday, and you create a personalized gift and send custom birthday cards that people look forward to receiving each year. If that’s you, keep doing what brings joy to your life.
Eating the recommended amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, good proteins and whole grains daily will provide your body with essential nutrients to help assist with the reproduction of new cells, naturally energizes the body and keeps your bowel movements regular. A healthy diet will also allow you to maintain a healthy weight suitable for your body type. Processed foods may be convenient, but they contain additives to preserve the food, sugar, and salt. Over time, eating these foods will cause you to feel tired, sluggish, and affect your ability to maintain the proper weight.
While the amount of water you need to take into your body each day depends on several contributing factors such as the level of activity and your size and weight, many professionals recommend at least eight 8 oz. glasses. Unfortunately, most people don’t take in the amount their body needs to eliminate toxins and keep your organs and cells operating at peak performance. If you are outdoors in the heat, drinking water frequently will prevent your body dehydrating. Water can also thwart off mid-morning and mid-day hunger and keep you alert and energized.
To maintain a healthy body mass and keep your internal organs functioning properly, you need to exercise regularly. Exercising two to three times each week will help to keep you fit, inside and out. You can join a gym or find other activities that you enjoy to build lean muscles. Swimming, jogging, bike riding, and even a brisk walk, will increase your heart rate and let you build up a sweat. Exercise has seemingly endless benefits, including a healthy heart, lower blood pressure, and improved muscle and healthy joints. After your workout you also feel good, you think clearly, and you remain energized. Getting regular exercise will let you maintain a healthy weight and help improve your quality of sleep.
Kick Bad Habits to the Curb
Over time, often through the influence of people while socializing, you may pick up bad habits that you know are no good for you, but you can’t seem to break the cycle. Smoking and abusing alcohol are two of the more common bad habits people have. Despite the warnings and education at school about the dangers of smoking and drinking alcohol in excessive amounts, people still don’t yet the message. If you want to experience a healthy life for the long run, you must quit smoking and limit your intake of alcohol to once or twice a week. Cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. However, there are many things you can use, such as the patch or prescribed medication by your physician to help you quit.
Relax and Remain Calm
To live a better quality of life, you must also keep your mind calm and de-stress the body. A great way to achieve both in a single session is to meditate. Meditating doesn’t require you to go to a retreat to get the benefits. It’s actually something that anyone can do from just about anywhere. A few minutes a day will help you to feel good, calm, and relaxed.
Achieving a healthy lifestyle is possible, and it’s in your best interest to do so now.