Your level of health and fitness will affect the quality of life you can aspire to in many ways. To begin with, the most obvious, and probably most important consideration, good health will likely mean that you live longer and have a more fulfilling life.
Good health and fitness habits will help ward off common challenges such as obesity and its attendant ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and so on. Good health habits, particularly consistent cardiovascular exercise may also significantly improve long-term brain function.
While most people have some idea of the benefits of staying healthy, in reality, this is often much easier said than done. The first question is what exactly do you need to do to stay healthy, and where do you start? Read on for the answer.
Regular exercise of any kind will provide a range of benefits that include stronger muscles, improved heart function, and weight loss. For the average person, cardiovascular exercise is probably the most beneficial form of exercising, improving heart rate and circulation around the entire body—which is good for all organs and body systems.
If you find running difficult, you may try other equally effective cardiovascular exercises such as cycling, swimming, shadow boxing, etc.
Sleep is an interesting component of good health. While both too much and too little sleep can have adverse effects on health, the optimal amount of sleep will boost recovery from exercise, freshen up essential organs, aid in weight loss, and boost brainpower. A consistent pattern of optimal sleep will also lead to a longer life on average. Some people struggle to sleep for the recommended seven to nine hours daily perhaps due to work requirements, stress, or other reasons. The good news is that you do not need to enjoy your nine hours of sleep all in one go, and two smaller chunks of sleep broken into 4-5 hour periods will be just as effective.
You are what you eat is the common wisdom when it comes to food, and this is true since it is the nutrients from food that are absorbed and used in building and repairing organs in the body. You should generally make it your goal to eat a balanced diet, since every class of food is generally required by the body in some way. When it comes to eating, keep in mind that when you eat is almost as important as what you eat, as late-night eating interferes with digestion and is generally to be avoided.
Supplements are a contentious topic in the health and fitness world. While many argue that they do not work, their effects are clearly visible on those who take them. When taken as a complement to a healthy diet, rather than as a magic pill, a healthy all-natural vitamin supplement can help boost the rewards of a healthy diet.
Healthy living is comprehensive
Just taking one or two of these healthy living steps will help but will not be sufficient to produce true long term benefits. For the best results, you will need to practice all of these steps consistently.