Are you living A healthy Lifestyle?
What is living a healthy lifestyle to you? Let’s break it down. Lifestyle means a manner of living that reflects the persons’ values and attitudes and healthy means having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease. So we ask again are you living a healthy lifestyle.
To begin, the food we intake can be either good nutrition or none at all. The amount of nutrition we provide our body has a direct impact on our health cycle. Our body needs protein, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals to function properly and to have the energy to perform at our highest peak. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick out 3 foods that are unhealthy that you eat everyday and begin substituting them out for more fruits, vegetables or salads. By adding a lot more fruits and green to your diet definitely will be a step to eating healthier. Also try cutting back on a lot of red meats and carbs and drink lots of water. Water makes up 70 percent of your body and contributes to transporting oxygen and nutrients to your body cells preventing problems that can affect your arteries, back, heart, brain and more so grab a fruit and a bottle of water and get on the move.
The second essential part of living healthy is exercising. One of the biggest problems in America today is lack of exercise. We all know exercising is good for us but we often get discouraged if we don’t see quick results, or can fit in the time etc. Truth is, just by simple movements you are exercising and can make you one step closer to being healthier. Even if its moderate chores like walking around the block or gardening it still can make a difference. Be mindful, by adding exercise to your daily life it can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke osteoporosis, reduce stress, enhance self esteem and can improve memory in older people just to name a few. So remember even if you opt for small changes or huge weight loss, small changes in your environment can help more than anything. It is now recommended that you get an hour of Exercise a day at least 3-4 times a week, so let’s get moving.
You ever wake up in the morning and feel like crap, or you find yourself at your desk nodding away. So, we ask how important is sleep? Sleep is the only time our body can rejuvenate and recharge. It is important not only in adults but children as well as its necessary for our physical growth and health. We are supposed to get up to 8 hours of sleep and majority of our society doesn’t even get that. Studies show the more sleep you get the less stress you consume, which is very essential to getting proper sleep because stress can be bad for your health.
Lastly, how does stress affect out lifestyle? Well, maybe the question should be “how doesn’t stress affect out lifestyles?” Stress comes in all shapes and sizes and can be very harmful to us. Whenever there’s a problem we cannot solve right away we automatically become stressed which sends a signal to our body into thinking Danger. When this happens the body produces more adrenaline which can eventually burn you out. Stress can also send you into a depression stage or even worse health problems. Although we can’t stop stress from entering our lives we can prevent it from drawing on by now dwelling on the situation, or begin writing it down and step by step tackling the problem instead of letting the problem attack us.