Eating right and living a healthy lifestyle is a great goal and something that many – if not all – people aspire to do. But now more than ever, despite having a plethora of resources – or perhaps in part because of this reason – it can be incredibly confusing to know what is healthy and what is just good marketing.
What to know: the basics
Nutrition is the fuel that that keeps our body going. It’s the process of obtaining the food required by our body to stay alive. Our body requires certain nutrients, minerals and vitamins to survive, which we obtain from the food we eat. Leading a healthy lifestyle is important because eating the right food is a crucial part of nutrition, making sure that our body receives the minerals, vitamins and nutrients needed to keep our body healthy. Eating a balanced diet is key to leading a healthy life. A diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and fiber help your body operate at its best by delivering the nutrients needed to function.
Lies and deception
Food marketers are good at their job. Too good, actually. Promises of “sugar free!” or “low fat” and “fat free,” “low calorie” and even “gluten free” are all over boxes and containers at every grocery store today. Each product claiming to be good for you in one form or another. Even calorie and sure-laden juices and desserts have the “high in calcium” label in bold letters on their packaging. It’s important to read the nutrition labels on the food you’re eating. Limiting packaged foods all-around is even better.
It’s not all about the food
Nutrition is key factor in living a healthy lifestyle. However, it’s not the only important dynamic of healthy living. Leading a healthy lifestyle means how you should live if you want to live long and have a healthy body. Here are some additional tips to lead a healthy life:
- Get enough sleep – While we sleep, our body goes into recovery mode. It’s while we’re sleeping that our body heals and rests. There are countless studies proving the benefits of getting enough sleep and the dangers of getting too little sleep. Getting enough sleep results in better cognitive functioning and quicker healing of wounds or injuries, the heart and blood vessels.
- Don’t smokeSmoking is one of the most preventable causes of cancer and chronic diseases. Smoking can lead to heart attacks, strokes and even heart disease. It also wreaks havoc in your mouth, leading to tooth decay, mouth cancers, and yellow teeth. Smokers have a difficult time exercising because of the tar buildup in the lungs.
- Get moving – Exercise has been shown to have an incredible impact on the body. Whether you’re a triathlete or just starting to incorporate exercise into your life, physical activity has a positive effect on your body. Physical activity reduces chances of obesity, muscle weakness, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis. The benefits of physical activity are just as impressive. Regular physical activity improves endurance, flexibility, lung capacity, self-esteem, mood, and muscle and bone strength. Even making small adjustments can improve your well-being. For example, parking the car at the end of a parking lot rather than looking for a closer spot, or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. If exercising for an extended period of time is too daunting, try breaking your exercise up into 10 minute increments. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day five days a week is ideal.
Taking these steps will lead you towards living a healthier lifestyle. Even small steps towards living a more active life can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.