As the old saying goes “When you have your health, you have everything,” and it’s true. Health really is the greatest source of wealth. Think about it: you could have all the money and material possessions in the world, but without health, you will never have the chance to enjoy it. Some people are obsessed with their health — constantly working out to get their bodies leaner, lighter, faster, and stronger. Although exercising is important, you don’t have to go to such extremes in order to improve your health. To noticeably improve your overall health, you only have to spend as little as 30 minutes per day working on it. Seeing the results might help you realize that improving your health can be the most rewarding, and beneficial commitment you can do for yourself.
So what can you do? The answer is simple: make choices that will benefit your heart, brain, digestion, weight, and longevity.
Here are five to start with:
Be More Active & Exercise
Exercising, however, offers so many health benefits, it’s nothing short of a magic bullet. Something as simple as walking for half an hour a day can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and many forms of cancer, including colon, dramatically.
A lifetime of regular exercise also helps improve brain functions, allowing people to be active and independent in their later years, and even increase their lifespan. This is especially important for children and young adults. Without regular exercise, the body slowly loses its strength and ability to function well. In addition to this, exercising can help tackle anxiety, loneliness, and anger. This reduces the stress level within the body and keeps it a minimum.
Being physically active, can also help you:
- Sleep better at night
- Enjoy yourself and have fun
- Move around easier
- Have strong muscles and bones
- Decrease your chances of becoming depressed
Being active increases the amount of calories burned and relaxes the body while doing it. You loosen up muscles and make them more adaptable, lessening your risk of sports injuries and releasing everyday stress and tension built up within the body.
Avoid Fatty Diets
When it comes to dietary fat, what matters most is the type of fat you eat. We have all heard of weight loss diets from companies like Lean Spa, which promised to help you shed the pounds in no time. Many of these products will help you shift the pounds quickly, but there is usually one major flaw – they are unsustainable. This means that most of these diets are so extreme that people can’t even stay on them for long. As a result, once you stop using the product, the weight reappears overnight. The end result is that people will have maintained or even gained weight after using these products, forcing the body to go through a lot of unnecessary stress due to the extreme nature of the diet.
For most of us, learning to how to develop healthy eating habits takes a lot more discipline than it does for others. This is because many families hold on to tips and pointers on eating well that were passed on by older generations. In the end, however, fad diets can cause physical and mental damage, which can lead to serious eating disorder. With lots of practice, though, individuals will have no problem adjusting to these new changes.
Six ways to develop healthy eating habits:
- Avoid anything artificial
- Pile on the green stuff
- Set healthy limits
- Keep a food journal
- Talk to a registered dietitian
- Write yourself a plan
Laugh a Little
Laughing not only eases stress and lowers blood pressure, but it may also boost your immune system. Some of the funniest experiences that you will witness in life will happen spontaneously. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you should only laugh when you see something funny happen. You should actively seek to bring laughter into your life, whether that is spending time with friends, or just watching the television.
Although napping might be seen as lazy, more than 85 percent of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the course of the day.
A short nap could, in fact, reverse the negative effects of a night of poor sleep, therefore reducing stress, and allowing the brain to function properly. One in three adults reported that they sleep an average of six or fewer hours a night, according to the National Health Interview Survey. With that being said, taking naps occasionally could help mitigate the effects of sleep deprivation.
Individuals who aren’t getting enough sleep will experience a decrease in their physical and psychological abilities. This can lead to issues like obesity, cognitive impairment, and chronic pain, which is the most common cause of long-term disability; and with a rising level of obesity and obesity-related illnesses, throughout the developing world, it’s no wonder state legislatures are taking an interest in attacking this problem head on. Lack of sleep has also been linked to depression.
Count Your Blessings
Whether you’re on an academic scholarship at a university or just got your first job, taking a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings in your life is a good way to tap into other positive emotions. Doing this has been linked to better health, longer life, and greater well-being; In contrast, chronic anger, worry, and hostility contribute to an increase in high blood pressure and heart disease.
Although you can’t control everything in life, you can control your personal health. Living a healthy and happy lifestyle is a puzzle with hundreds of pieces. Simply tackle one piece at a time, and you will start to see the bigger picture come together as you go. Get started today!