The Six Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
Eat healthy. Sleep well. Exercise. This seems to be the mantra of the current generation. Admittedly, a lot of it is born out of body image issues, and the need to look their best at all times. But, maintaining good health is not just about looking good, it is about being a healthy person overall. If you live a healthy life with lots of good food, exercise, sleep, and ample fluids, it will have an overreaching effect on your physical appearance, mental health, and even emotional condition. In this article, let us take a look at the many benefits of living a healthy life.
But let’s do a quick ‘health poll’ first:
You can stay energetic: Yes, that is true. By living an even moderately healthy life, you will be a lot more energetic, living life with a lot of vigor. Everyone has gone through phases make by long hours of work, erratic eating schedule, and little sleep to top it off. It makes you feel drowsy throughout the day, fatigued all the time, and, worst of all, has seriously negative effects on your emotional and rational capabilities. It is important for an adult to get about 8 hours of sleep every day, with balanced food and at least 30 minutes of exercise of any kind to be at the peak of their abilities during the day.
You have a clean bill of health: Studies have shown that people who eat healthy and exercise often are at lower risk of contracting deadly illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, arthritis, and so on. Exercise helps in regulating blood flow in the body, balancing metabolism and boosting overall health. Lots of exercise, coupled with a balanced, healthy diet, translate to low cholesterol, a leaner body, and improved immunity.
You are more confident: The most confident of us feel a tad bit of our confidence ebb on days when we are not feeling our best. When we have been living a healthy life for a long time, we feel good about ourselves. We know that we look good, thanks to the fitness and glow that good food and exercise gives us. We are energetic and clear minded, which means that we are ready to take challenges head on, and we are aware that we will perform well in whatever we are entrusted with. Positive self-awareness of this sort makes us a lot more confident, and we consequently do better on a daily basis.
You are more emotionally stable: Surprising as that may sound, mood is a lot psychosomatic. When was the last time you came down with a cold and stayed in terrific mood all along the sneezing and retching? The answer is probably never. That is because when the body doesn’t feel good, the mind does nor either. Mood swings are inevitable with hormonal ups and downs, but you can certainly limit them to certain periods. Healthy eating, lots of fluids, and plenty of exercise and sleep boost the release of serotonin, or the happy hormone. Although ice cream and alcohol will give you a temporary spike in those hormones, healthy habits will guarantee that high for the long term.
You look better: Carbonated drinks, fatty foods, and inordinate amounts of sugar feel great on the taste buds, and definitely give you the glow of happiness. But that is not all. But they also give you wrinkles, extra padding around the waist and elsewhere, and the sluggish gait that comes with carrying around excess weight. A healthy diet with vegetables, grains, and fruits, lots of liquid intake, with ample sleep and a good amount of exercise gets rid of dangerous belly fat, and keeps your skin glowing and your hair shiny and voluminous. A healthy system is reflected on your body and movements, leaving you more supple and attractive.
You are more productive: As mentioned in the very beginning of the article, a healthy lifestyle keeps you more active. By getting enough sleep, you are not fatigued during the day, and cutting down on your alcohol intake means that you don’t have to risk a hangover. Tobacco and caffeine gives you a momentary spike in energy, but in the long run, they make you tired, thanks to dwindling oxygen in the blood. A balanced lifestyle keeps your mind clear and your body fit; you are not sleepy, you don’t feel sick, and are generally ready to take on the day’s work with alacrity.
Bad habits may be hard to quit, but it is not impossible. It is never too late to start a healthy lifestyle. Include lots of greens and fiber in your diet, along with fruits and water, and cut down on the salt and cigarettes. As far as your health is concerned, a small step goes a long way.