5 Tips to Healthy Living

Health is wealth the saying goes. The amount of wealth created or generated depends on the health of the individual generating it. You cannot be said to be generating enough wealth when you are ill. Therefore it is important to maintain a very healthy life style. There are some simple tips outlined below for healthy living. These are:

1. Feeding. The health of every man depends on what he feeds on. The man that feeds on balanced diet; rich in carbohydrate, protein, vitamins and minerals, fat and oil and water will definitely be healthy. His body will develop enough antibodies that will fight against any antigens that come into the body. All the cells and tissues that wear out as a result of daily activities will be replenished. One the other, the man that feeds on unbalanced diet will be ill from time to time. Also the man that consumed plenty of alcohol, smokes, takes hard drugs etc, will be endangering his health. Those things will break down the immune system, cells and tissues. This will result to illness such as cancer, high blood pressure, ulcer, diabetes etc. The question comes to you now, what do you feed on? What is you feeding habit? Think and act now.

2. Exercise. ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. Exercise is very important for healthy living. It enables us stretch our muscles and tissues, burn up fat in our bodies, makes our blood circulatory, digestive, respiratory, and excretory systems work well. Exercise makes us sleep and rest well. The benefits derived from exercise are so numerous. There various types of exercise we can engage in such as: running, walking, jumping, dancing, jugging, circling, body work out etc. You can choose from any one. Try as much as possible to sweat very well. Exercise at least two hours weekly. No matter your tight schedules make out time to exercise.

3. Resting. The body is like a machine that can break down if not allowed to cool down after working sometime. The night was made for our benefit- rest. Resting helps us to refresh and be more efficient and productive. When we rest, the body metabolism is slowed down, and repairs are carried out in the cells and tissues. Some have abused their bodies by working all the year round and at the end the result is break down of their body system. So make out sometime to rest and relax. Take some time off for vacation; it is very good for your health.

4. Working. ‘Work does not kill, what kills is worry, so work and never worry’. Work is very important in order to maintain a healthy living. Work creates wealth, and wealth is used to maintain a healthy living. A saying goes that ‘he that does not work should not eat’. And we know the implication- ill heath and death. Never be lazy, there are many things to do to create wealth, engage in one today and be happy you did.

5. Environment. The place we live determines the state of our health. A dirty, mosquito prone environment, air polluted area will certainly endanger our health. Clean up your environment always, destroy all containers that could breed mosquito, and avoid a highly industrialized area. These areas will certainly be polluted with industrial waste. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Maintain a clean environment and hence maintain a healthy living.

Our health can be maintained or destroyed depending on our life style. Therefore maintain a healthy life style today.

Discover the Easy Ways to Lose Weight With Healthy Living Tips

Here is a Healthy Living Tip: There is something that I really don’t understand about life here in America. Why doesn’t more people care about their health when there are so many easy ways to lose weight? The quality of our health should be our number one concern. If we don’t take care of ourselves, then who will?

A friend of mine just turned 60 and he was talking about how old he was getting and how he could no longer do the things he used to. I just could not wrap my head around his comment. What you have to understand is that he is around 400 pounds and he’s only 5’8″.

I have following healthy living tips for over 35 years. I’m all but a vegetarian (I do eat seafood on rare occasion), and I eat healthier than anyone I know. And at 59, I still love mountain biking.

When I was in my early 40′s and a hardcore mountain biker, I had one of those life changing moments happen to me. I had just climbed a 2 ½ mile climb and about 2 minutes behind me came this old guy. He wasn’t even winded! He had no teeth and a French accent. I finally had to ask him how old he was. He told me he was 63.

Right at that moment I knew that at age 63 I could be enjoying this sport and still kicking butt on 90% of the riders.

What’s important to me is the quality of my health when I am 63. I don’t want to be 63 and suffering from obesity, or arthritis, or emphysema, high blood pressure, or whatever. My buddy is settling for a great deal less than what he has to. He’s either ignorant, lazy, or, I’m sorry, just too brainless to do anything about it.

Sure, I have talked to him about the easy ways to lose weight, Sure, I have tried to help him understand all of the easy ways to lose weight, but he just dosn’t want to change

I would rather be healthy, active and enjoying my life, than be a fat couch potato, unhealthy, getting winded just walking to the frig, and being less than what I could be.

Do not get me wrong, I love my buddy of 34 years, and I love ice cream and chocolate, homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, oh, and pizza too, but I realize the difference of eating these foods as treats, and not as my daily staples.

What is it with Americans today? Let me leave you with this Healthy Living Tip: There are easy ways to lose weight, but you need to want to lose it.

Invest in Yourself With These Healthy Living Practices

Are you thriving or surviving? Are you living a life you love or do you feel exhausted most of the time, accompanied with an overwhelming sense that there’s just not enough time in the day?

Financial gurus tell us to, “pay yourself first” and to immediately place 10% of our income into an account for our future. They say when we invest money into a long-term plan and consistently add to it, the future dividends grow at an exponential rate.

This same premise holds true with regards to our health and well-being. When we invest small increments of time and energy over a long period of time into self-care, the returns are also exponential for health and vitality.

When investing in your health, it helps to know exactly what you need to do. The following is a list of healthy living practices that will help you increase your energy, health and happiness:

1. Nutrition. Food affects us on so many levels: body composition, mood, energy and immune response. On the cellular level, it’s true “you are what you eat”. The foods and their nutrients are the raw materials to repair and rebuild our cells. The human body reproduces over 300 billion new cells on a daily basis. That’s a lot of opportunity to replace old weak cells with stronger, more resilient ones! With the correct type and quality of nutrients, you can build a stronger and healthier body in no time.

2. Exercise. The body is made to move. In fact, without physical activity, some physiological processes fail to work at all, and others work less than optimally. For instance, the pumping action of the lymphatic system, which facilitates cellular nutrition and waste removal, is improved with physical movement.

There are 4 types of exercise that add a dimension to health and fitness:

a. Aerobic activity. This is any activity in which you sustain an elevated heart-rate and respiration for an extended period of time, typically over 20 minutes. The benefits of a cardiovascular workout include healthier heart and lungs, improved circulation, digestion, mood, energy, increased immune response and caloric burn.

b. Resistance training. Also known as strength or weight-training, many women now understand that lifting weights affects them differently than it does men. For women, their bodies will build more muscle but, unless they decide on a professional career in body building, will never achieve the mass men do. Even small changes in body composition will enhance daily metabolism, burning calories at a faster rate. `Pumping iron’ increases range of motion, muscle tone, maintains joint stability and increases muscle strength, bones, tendons and ligaments.

c. Flexibility or stretching. As one of the most under-rated forms of exercise, stretching is your best friend, especially as we age. The benefits of increasing our flexibility include alleviating stress and muscle tension; facilitates muscle recovery as well as being a conducive cool-down that maintains and increases range of motion and mobility; improves posture and reduces pain; and enhances circulation and oxygen delivery to muscles.

d. Mind-Body. Recently, this type of activity has been achieving popularity in the West. Mind-body exercises are those which require us to place our awareness in our body, posture, breathing and movements. Some examples include active forms like Tai-chi, certain types of yoga and Pilates; while restorative forms include yoga and meditation. When practicing mind-body exercises, expect to experience stress-reduction, improved circulation and energy flow, increased mindfulness and improvement in the benefits and performance in the other forms of exercise listed above.

3. Stress-Reduction Techniques. In today’s world, it is nearly impossible to avoid all stress. Actually, some levels of stress are beneficial! However, if stress is not managed properly, it can accumulate in our body and affect us on a cellular level. Eventually, if the stress is not released, it manifests in the form of physical ailments.

Besides nutrition and exercise, here are several suggestions to release your stress:

a. Eliminate unnecessary tasks, responsibilities and obligations. Learn to say no and know your limits. Much of what we do on a daily basis is unimportant to us and others.

b. Journaling. A great way to process feelings is through writing. Many people find it relieving to get their thoughts and feelings on paper and out of their heads and hearts.

c. Money-management. Financial stress is typically the number one source of tension for most of us. Taking control of our finances and tying up loose ends in money matters will help free up a lot of wasted energy.

Investing in your health is a life-long practice. When you first embark on this journey, it may be a little rough. But when you start small and focus more on consistency, these healthy living practices outlined above become second nature.

If you’d like to make it easier for yourself, enlist the assistance of a qualified professional health practitioner to help you along the way. One way to do this is to join group events, like the health and fitness retreat I will be attending in April, 2010. “Retreat to Healthy Living in Barbados” is a week-long event for women looking to develop and enhance healthy living practices.