Preventative care will save you trips to the doctor and medical costs. Living a healthy life is not hard to do, you just need to know where to begin. Exercise, eating right and being physically and mentally fit will all add up to improving health.
Exercising a minimum of 3 times each week will provide you with more energy and a leaner fit body. Your mental attitude is just as important as your physical state. Let things go from your past that are bringing you down. Live in the now and enjoy who you are with. Laughter is the best medicine, engage in activities that bring you joy. Starting a new hobby can be very healthy for you.
If you are married you have an advantage over single people in the health department. People who are in a long term committed relationship tend to have higher physical development, biological and neurological levels. Taking time for yourself daily is also important to reflect and perhaps jot down your thoughts in a journal. Reading or meditating are good for you. If you take prescription drugs or consume heavy amounts of alcohol you should work on limiting your intake. Coffee and drinks that increase your energy should be avoided or consumed minimally.
Sharing your life with friends and community is very healthy and will add to your level of happiness. Be social and connect with your friends and family. Attending church and volunteering is a good thing to do. Talk to the people in your life that you interact with regularly like the grocer, the butcher, the mailman or the banker.
Getting a good night’s sleep is critical to well being. You should try to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night to function at optimum levels. Television and radio and fine as long as you don’t overdo them. Try to cut down your time watching television and instead go out for a walk or get together with friends. When you are driving your car turn off the radio and reflect on your day or listen to the sounds outside.
Try to eat less than you usually do and make sure you hydrate. Replace your normal drink of choice with water. Use a smaller dish to fool the eye into thinking you are eating more than you are. Eat slower to give your body time to digest your food, make eating a pleasant experience that you share with family and friends whenever possible.
When you go to the store pick up plenty of fresh fruit. Fruit makes for a great snack and is easily taken along when you ride the bus or for break time at the office. For a little pick-me-up mid-day eat a piece of fruit instead of a candy bar. If you don’t have access to fresh fruit then dried fruit is healthy and delicious. Bring along some trail mix to incorporate healthy nuts and grains along with your dried fruit. Switch your rice and pasta for whole grain varieties. Eat whole grain breads and eat less red meat. Fish is a great addition to your menu replacing one meal of red meat a week. When making a salad use spinach instead of iceberg lettuce for additional vitamins in your diet.
Adding a bit of exercise into your day is good for you, stand up and stretch periodically if you have a desk job. Do some Yoga in the mornings before you go to work or during your lunch break. Lifting weights is great for the health of your bones and muscles. Tennis and golf are excellent in that you are exercising and socializing at the same time. Take walks with the dog, with your friends and family. When you mow the lawn use the push mower instead of the power. All these thing add to improving health, it’s easy to do just get into the habit.