I am sure you won’t be surprised to hear this, but the world isn’t as healthy as it used to be. You only have to walk around outside for a short while to notice that a number of people obese, or even look at the statistics for hospitals to show that the amount of patients they have attending is slowly creeping up. Sadly, if you don’t take control of your own life then you could end up going the same way, you could be subject to a number of diseases which could have an impact on your life, and potentially end up killing you. Not something you want right? Of course it isn’t. Thankfully you are in the right place. Just by reading this article you have taken action, and of course you want the hard healthy living facts which means you can make improvements to your life. Let’s take a little look.
Healthy living facts
Firstly, did you know that healthy living is so much more than eating well and a bit of exercise? There are a number of things that you will need to eliminate from your life, we will look into those in a bit. But you need to be aware that our body is a fantastic system, if you treat it right that is. Don’t give your body what it needs and that is when problems start to occur and we start to get diseases and just feel generally dreary. Did you know that over half of the population are not living their life as healthily as they could? And despite constant advertisements and recommendations, people are still avoiding the basics as they don’t find them ‘convenient’. Let’s jump into how you can lead a healthy life!
Let’s start with the diet. Ensure that you get a well-rounded diet, and if you are overweight, don’t starve yourself. That is incredibly unhealthy (yet many people still do it!). Make sure you eat a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit and some lean meats. Try to cut down on the processed food, sugary drinks and red meat. Although you can eat this in moderation as a ‘treat’. Beforehand I suggest that you look into how many calories you should be consuming on a daily basis and sticking to this. There is plenty of information out there on the internet which should help you work this out! Please make sure you eat breakfast, this is without a doubt one of the most important meals of the day, and over half of all people end up skipping it! If you skip it then you will tend to each far more during the day (unhealthy) and feel less energetic. So eat a wholesome breakfast and benefit! In addition to this you will want to be drinking at least eight glasses of water a day so your body stays hydrated and so that it can flush out all of those harmful toxins. Drink a lot of water and your skin will look glowing! In short, eat a healthy and balanced diet, it will only do you a world of good!
Physical activity and exercise
Now a little bit about physical activity and exercise. I suggest that you exercise at least thirty minutes a day, no ifs or buts here. It doesn’t matter what your current fitness level is, you will be able to manage this. I am not telling you to life weights here. Instead you will want to be carrying out cardiovascular exercises. These are the exercises which get blood pumping around your body and those lungs working. Exercises here included cycling, running, swimming, basically, any activity which you can spend at least thirty minutes doing non-stop. I am sure you can find plenty of them! It is important to remain active in this way as it can help combat respiratory problems, and perhaps more importantly, stave off heart disease. If you must do anything on this list, this is the most important!
What must be avoided
As I said, you are also going to need to cut a few things out of your life which are unhealthy. This means if you are a smoker those cigarettes are going to need to go. Every single one you take is shaving time off your life, so try to make no excuses. Yes, coming off nicotine is difficult, but you will honestly feel fantastic within a few weeks and your risk of ‘death’ as a result of smoking will be cut considerably. In addition to this, you are also going to need to get down on alcohol consumption. A couple of glasses a week won’t do you any harm, but if you are doing it every single day then you do have a problem sadly! This probably goes without saying, but you should also avoid high-risk sexual behaviors, for example, not taking necessary precautions when having sex (i.e. contraceptive usage). You will be surprised at just how rampant STI are nowadays, and these can end up being severely detrimental to your life. Finally, I suggest avoiding anything which could have a negative impact on your health, for example, constant tanning, drug taking, high levels of caffeine in your body etc. Basically, if something is bad, try to avoid it, it is for the good of your body!
Additional tips for healthy living
To round off these healthy living tips, I want to cover a little bit about what you should do, but most likely don’t. The first is to get nine hours of sleep every day. Studies have consistently shown that those who don’t get enough sleep tend to have shorter lives, make sure you are not one of them. You will also want to go to your doctor (or other medical provider) for regular check ups, particularly later on in your life when you are at a greater risk of health issues. They will ensure that everything is in tip top condition. If you feel that something is wrong then please don’t hesitate to go to your doctor. It may not be anything serious, but the sooner you go, the more likely the problem is to be solved.
This is just a small selection of health tips. Bear some of them in mind though and you really will be on the short-track to a much healthier and happier life!