It is a common misconception that maintaining a healthy life revolves around your diet and exercising. In reality, there is much more about a healthy lifestyle besides those two factors. It is being able to maintain strong mental health, a healthy self-image, and most importantly, a positive attitude. A recent study reported by the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that a significant number of American adults do not meet healthy living standards. Only three percent of the adults got a perfect score. Here are some of the key factors to keep in mind to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
1. Avoid smoking
Doctors have spoken severally about the adverse effects of smoking cigarettes. Smoking causes harm to the body leading to cover and other compilations. To maintain good health, it is essential to quit or avoid smoking and being around secondhand smoke. This will prevent the development of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and even developing second cancer. On the other hand, you should avoid secondhand smoke if you are not a smoker. Spending most of your time around smokers would put your health at risk of developing illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.
2. Maintain a healthy weight
To maintain good health, you need to watch your weight. This is essential in preventing and controlling many illnesses and health problems. If you are obese or overweight, you are more vulnerable to developing serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, gallstones, certain cancers, and heart disease. This is why maintaining a healthy weight should be a priority for everyone. Apart from lowering your risk of developing these illnesses, a standard weight gives you more energy to enjoy your life by making you feel good about yourself. Ensure that you integrate exercise into your daily routine.
3. Eat healthy foods
An essential tip to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle is to watch the food you consume. The modern food market is full of junk and unhealthy foods. Additionally, the interest is filled with misleading information of people talking about and advertising fake ‘wonder’ diets. The truth is to maintain good health, you need to consume normal foods and also balance your diets. You can consult a dietitian to advice you on the right foods to consume. This will help your body gain the nutrients it needs as well as improve the immune system.
4. Exercise more
Exercising refers to any movements that make your body burn calories ad makes your muscles move and work. You can exercise in many ways, including cycling, swimming, dancing, jogging, running, and walking, just to name a few.
There are several advantages of exercising regularly to both physical and mental health. They include;
- Impact on physical health
- It helps reduce the risk of heart attack and certain cancers
- It helps regulate blood pressure
- Regulates the blood cholesterol level
- Reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Lowers risk of falls
- Help you manage your weight better
- Reduces risk of developing osteoporosis
- You get to have stronger joints, muscles, and bones
- It helps in quick recovery from periods of bed rest or hospitalization
Impact on mental health
- Exercising elevates your mood; it makes you feel better and more relaxed.
- It helps with improve sleep
- Exercise blocks negative thoughts. It distracts you from daily life pressure and stress
- It may change levels of chemicals such as endorphins, stress hormones, and serotonin in the brain.
To maintain a healthy weight and to reduce the risk of contracting illnesses, health professionals recommend a minimum of 15 minutes of moderate intensity physical exercise every day.
There are several lifestyle changes you can make to live a happier and healthier life. These tips will help you improve nearly every aspect of your health – from the inside out. You will not only avoid illnesses but also feel good under your skin.