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Three Steps to Healthy Living

Today’s world is full of great surprises and life-threatening diseases. That is why we need to take care of our health and start a healthy living if we want to enjoy all the splendours of life without illnesses to spoil our happiness.

There are many ways to start a healthy lifestyle, but one thing that you should remember is to put your commitment in every wellness habit you undertake. You cannot just eat a balance meal for this day and munch on junk food the following morning. It should be a continuous effort and habit, and there should be no reasons to back out.

A healthy living involves three major steps. The first one has already been mentioned a while ago, and that was eating a balance diet. The second is by exercising daily to stay fit, and the third one is to have a regular check-up with your doctor.

Eat a balance diet

You have learned about the food pyramids, or the three main food groups – the grow, the glow, and the go. But are you devoted enough to apply the principles behind these in your actual diet? A lot of Americans are aware of how a proper diet looks like, but most of them are still fond of eating ghastly foods that can trigger some of the most serious disease-conditions.

A well-balance meal consists more of proteins and carbohydrates, and less of fats. You need to have a nutritionist to calculate your regular intake of these food components so that you will not suffer from an excess or deficit of any of these. Moreover, an adequate intake of water is also included in your diet plan, that is, you need to take at least 3000 ml of water per day to nourish your cells and rehydrate your vital organs.

Exercise daily

To help you lose fat and maintain vigor, you need to burn out some time to exercise. Walking, the simplest form of exercise is one of the best ways for you to keep your self upbeat and enjoy a healthy living. You can also go to a gym and crash your calorie surplus on a treadmill or a stationary bike. If you want some fun while exercising, you can sway and dance to the groove of your favorite tune. If you are searching for some adventure and thrill, then try doing hiking, playing Frisbee, or swimming. All of these activities will make you sweat and will definitely make you lose some weight.

Visit your doctor regularly

Sometimes, you are not sure if what you’re eating or doing is right for you, and sometimes you may not be aware that there are already signs and symptoms lingering in you. The best way to help ascertain you health status is to visit your doctor or health care provider on regular intervals. Your health will be monitored and you can avail of a prompt treatment if you are diagnosed early with a certain illness.

There are a thousand reasons for you to stay fit and healthy. If you want to enjoy life for a longer time, then start changing your habits and make use of these three steps to a healthy living.

Healthy Living

Am able to recollect a number of quotes and proverbs about health. The most oft quoted is “Health is Wealth.”

Absolute truth! Taking care of your health is as or even more important than taking care of your wealth.

It is a fact that preferences and habits differ among individuals and the factors that contribute to your preferences and habits are the society you live in, your upbringing, the geography of your domicile etc. The most deciding factor is your mental make-up, which is unique to each individual. An individual lives according to his/her own preferences and form habits. Healthy living can be achieved without compromising any of your preferences or habits. The trick would be to choose the best of those preferences and habits, add a good dose of established practices and lead a lifestyle that is ideal and healthy.

Sentience is what separates humans from other forms of life on earth. By saying that, the allusion is, being human we should use that awareness to achieve the best in our life. Am fully aware that Utopia is an impossibility, the reason for elaborating on the personal preferences and mental make up in the earlier paragraph. The emphasis is on healthy living, the reason and the means to it.

While surfing internet, I came across the definition of health in Wikipedia. It stated that quote: At the creation of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, Health was defined as being a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. unquote. That means health is not just absence of physical ill health but a complete state of well-being. We are aware that mental and social well-being is dependent on external factors and may not be fully in our control. Where as, physical health (barring hereditary, degenerative or malignant maladies) is.

Healthy living does not involve Herculean effort but just basic attentiveness and precautions. Food habits, hygiene, physical exercise and rest, if properly taken care of, will go a long way in maintaining physical health and a comfortable living. I have observed that hygiene is a frequent lapse that lead to a number of maladies. Washing your hands before eating, physical cleanliness, clean clothes etc. will help in keeping many infectious diseases away. Diet, though mostly dependent on your upbringing and social background, can be adjusted to provide optimum nourishment without compromising taste and preferences. Taste can be acquired. I personally relish bitter gourd preparations, which is an acquired taste.

Physical activity is another deficiency in our sedentary life styles. If not a constitutional morning walk, we can find opportunities in our daily life to exercise. Dusting your apartment will provide some physical exercise and keep the place clean. Walking up the stairs instead of using the elevator will save electricity and reduce your carbon footprint (a pun! but a fact)

The last but not the least, rest. A must do for recharging our batteries. It goes without saying that sleep is the best form of rest and if possible, with least help from sleep inducing substances. A fully loaded slumber will not provide the rest your body needs. It does not help you recharge your mental batteries. An early dinner, a good walk and a glass of hot milk would do the trick for people with minor sleeping problems. This may not be a cure for insomnia but can be of help to some extent.

Mental and social well-being is also important, but as I stated earlier, they are mostly dependent on external factors. Avoiding aggression, for example – road rage, can contribute to your mental as well as society’s well-being. We also have some proven methods to better mental health. Practicing meditation, prayer, yoga etc. can really help. Religions were founded or have evolved for the social and mental well-being of the human kind.

Healthy Living Is A Learned Discipline

In today’s fast paced society, it seems nearly impossible to live a healthy lifestyle. Living healthy is not something we learn in school, and often times a lesson we miss from our parents. It is however, crucial to the quality of the life you live.

Healthy living is something we must take the time to learn, on our own, as we age. It is a discipline, like working out, that we must motivate ourselves stick with every day of our lives. This; however, does not meant that you should diet as frequently as possible. It actually means that you must learn to feed your body the proper nutrients, on a daily basis, so you can treat yourself to a piece of chocolate cake here and there.

Eating healthy is not as difficult as many thing. It is not about starving yourself or eating rabbit food day in and day out. Rather, it is about filling your body with natural, organic foods that are not processed, covered in toxins and chemicals, and soaked in high-fructose syrups.

If you can get this down, and implement these rules in your daily life, you will be on the path to a long, healthy life. So, you ask, how do I know what to eat? It is actually quite simple. If it did not come from a manufacturing plant, you should be good.

Foods that are grown or butchered are a good rule of thumb. None of these foods are processed, nor do they have a ton of chemicals in them to make them taste a certain way (like you would find in packaged and canned foods).

Now, if you can get your hands on the organic version of these same products, you will be better off. (Many of these items are treated with pesticides that actually harm your body whereas organic foods are not. These pesticides eventually build up in your body and act as toxins. These toxins eventually make your body function improperly which can cause severe weight gain and even other health issues.)

Having said all of this, if you can replace your processed foods with fresh foods you will find yourself in much better overall health and shape. Begin eating 5-6 small meals a day rather than three, try eating around the same times every day, add in some exercise and you will be well on your way to a long high-quality life.

Ignore the fact that some of these foods are a little more expensive or that you may have to drive a little further to get them. Think about it, you are only given one life and one body; isn’t it worth a little more to make sure you get the most out of it?

If we do not change the way we eat and live we are barely skimming by missing many wonderful opportunities this life has to offer. Do you really want to miss all this? Take the time to learn about health and nutrition; you are worth it.