When you think about healthy living, many people imagine getting rid of excess weight or maintaining a healthy weight, rather than focusing on the individual components of healthy living. Yet, most of us spend little time on health, even though it is one of our most important assets. In fact, many of us know little about the individual components of good health, let alone how to put these components together to achieve optimum health.
A relatively modest weight loss in excess of 10% of the body weight, coupled with changes in blood sugar, blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and other blood related metrics will produce immediate health benefits. If you’re experiencing a loss of vitality, it’s time to pay closer attention to what you’re eating and drinking. It’s also wise to start incorporating foods that are known to improve the health of the heart into your diet, especially if you are taking medication. Even minor weight loss, at 5% or less, of the total body weight, can produce profound health benefits.
While we are often preoccupied with how we look or feel, the most important aspect of good health is what we eat. Many of us make the mistake of eating too much fast food, which is known to contribute to a variety of ailments, including obesity, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure levels, bad circulation, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. By consuming more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, nuts, fish, low fat dairy products, lean meat, poultry, fish, legumes, and whole grain breads, you can help to improve your overall health.
Along with improving your diet, maintaining a healthy lifestyle also goes hand in hand with eating right. Exercise, while not nearly as expensive as going to the gym, is still a valuable component of good health, particularly when combined with healthy eating. Walking is a great way to strengthen and tone the muscles and can be especially beneficial for those suffering from arthritis.
Physical activity provides many of the same health benefits as regular exercise, but without the additional stress that often accompanies it. The combination of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training can provide the same results as other exercise programs, but is generally less expensive, easier on joints, and less stressful. Studies have shown that brisk walking can reduce the risk of stroke, arthritis, high blood pressure, coronary artery clogs, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other degenerative diseases.
To maintain good health, make sure that you do your best to maintain a healthy weight, which will lead to a long term benefit for the mind, body, spirit, and spirit. If you have had a recent or chronic illness, keep track of all your doctor appointments so that you can see if there is any additional treatment that you need. You can get the support you need to stay healthy through a health care provider or support groups like a Weight Watchers, American Heart Association, or other local organization.