Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an important concern for nearly all human beings. Whether you’re mindful in your lifestyle choices, or you like to live spontaneously, it’s important to stay informed about your health. Understanding what your body needs in the way of diet, exercise, immune support, and stress management can help you organize your life for a healthier and happier you.
The Building Blocks of a Healthy Diet
If you think of “diet” as a dirty four-letter word that’s synonymous with deprivation and strict rules, you aren’t approaching it right. Everyone follows some type of diet, whether it features vegetarian cuisine or lots of KFC. Make sure your diet includes the essential building blocks for a healthy body. While you can enjoy occasional indulgences, it’s important to make smart choices for the majority of your meals.
A fast and easy way to improve your diet is to focus on whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose lean meats and fish more often than fatty cuts and red meats. Opt for whole grains if you include grain in your diet. Drink plenty of water and limit your intake of soda or any sugary drink. Anytime you’re drinking these or worse types (artificial sweeteners) of drinks, you’re missing an opportunity to hydrate with fresh, cold water.
Maintaining Physical Health
Desk jobs keep many of us largely sedentary, but regular exercise and movement is crucial to your health. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Find something you enjoy so you’re more likely to stick with it. If you hate the gym, get your exercise by walking the dog, biking, hiking, or surfing. If you enjoy social activities, join a fitness class. If you prefer quiet time alone, grab a P90X DVD and practice in the privacy of your living room.
Supporting Your Immune System
Your immune system is your first line of defense against infection and disease. Keep your immune system in top shape by taking regular vitamins, particularly those that contain zinc and vitamin C. Also Practice regular stress management with habits like prayer or journaling.
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Meeting Your Mental and Emotional Needs
It’s easy to neglect your mental and emotional health because these are more difficult to measure than the physical. However, too much strain in this area can spill over and result in physical symptoms. Care for yourself by getting seven or eight hours of sleep a night. Spend time with friends and family, particularly those who are positive and supportive. Instead of suffering alone, build a support network of people you can turn to when times are tough. Make time for hobbies that you find enjoyable and rejuvenating, like reading, crafting, fishing, or anything you find joy in doing.
By addressing these important aspects of your health, you can reduce your risks for many conditions and diseases, from obesity to cancer. Incorporate healthy routines in your daily life and you may experience shocking changes in the way you feel.
-Jonathan Fritz (Click here for Jonʻs site)