Benefits of a healthy lifestyle

Benefits of a healthy lifestyle

With the greater understanding of our bodies that we have gained from science in recent decades, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are increasingly evident, along with the reasons why we must detoxify the body at least once a year to remove harmful bacteria, and even worms, from our digestive system. For people of all ages, weights, and abilities, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are endless. But for now, let’s look at eight simple benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

1. Your health:

Good health is not something you buy in a pharmacy or department store but can be achieved by practicing collective patterns of health-related behavior based on choices made from available options. Following this logic, if you want to realize the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, you have to repeat some healthy pattern as part of your daily or weekly activities, some patterns like eating right and exercising. Other benefits include: Reducing health care costs, reducing illness and injury, reducing doctor visits, keeping your job, and improving employer-employee relationships.

2. Weight

Controlling your weight is the key to getting all the health benefits of a healthy lifestyle. A weight reduction of just 10 percent will significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and other obesity-related diseases. Obesity and overweight is the second largest contributor to many childhood diseases, including orthopedic disorders, sleep apnea, type II diabetes mellitus, asthma, high blood pressure and cholesterol, skin disorders, emotional and psychosocial problems (Spigel, 2002), and many more. Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking and strength training, helps delay the onset and/or prevent osteoporosis, and some research shows that participation in such activities can actually increase bone density and begin to reverse the disease. Other benefits include Weight reduction, reduction of tension and stress, improvement of well-being, improvement of self-image and self-esteem and improvement of physical function.

3. Exercise:

Although medications alone can often lower cholesterol to normal levels, diet and exercise provide benefits that medications do not. They will lower blood pressure, reduce weight, and decrease the risk of developing diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle is a dangerous risk factor for the disease. Exercise and a healthy diet help the body use insulin more efficiently and can help control, relieve, and prevent many diseases. Exercise, quitting smoking, eating a diet high in fiber and low in fat, controlling body weight, and learning to cope with stress reduce the risk of heart disease.

4. Physician:

We all want to have a healthy body for a variety of aesthetic, social and medical reasons. A healthy life is really the best medicine. In a study conducted by Tufts University at the New England Medical Centre, among patients with cardiovascular disease, it was shown that an exercise program significantly reduces LDL cholesterol and other risk factors beyond what drug therapy provides. Even modest weight loss can help reduce medical and pharmaceutical costs, help prevent bariatric surgery and co-morbidities such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes.

5. Wellness:

Wellness is about being comfortable in your space: your body, your attitude, and your environment. A healthy lifestyle can greatly increase a person’s longevity. And while catching something as contagious as a cold or flu is sometimes inevitable, having the wisdom that feeling healthy is a better way to live should lead you to wonder why you’re not taking steps to live each day in the most beneficial way possible. The problem with many people today is that they are so busy working and/or taking care of everyone around them that they neglect their own health and well-being. Make sure your heart is healthy and your bones are strong and keep it that way to see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

6. Beware:

The best way to ensure good health is to take care of yourself. The risks of care are high, but the potential rewards are great: preventing premature death, unnecessary illness and disability, controlling the cost of health care, and maintaining a high quality of life into old age. With a healthy lifestyle, you are who you are, and you don’t have to be aware of the dangers.

7. Control:

With a healthy lifestyle, you have more control of your life as you work with your body against those aspects of life that could slow you down if you let it. With a healthy lifestyle, you have control over your sleep patterns so that you feel well rested throughout the day. With a healthy lifestyle, everything works together to help other aspects of your lifestyle make sense and benefit you. Science has shown that healthy weight loss, healthy eating, and fitness routines make dramatic health improvements and help manage common chronic diseases such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, stress, and general lack of endurance.

8. Strength

Another benefit of a healthy lifestyle is a steady flow of endurance and strength; you can do activities and exercises that will improve your flexibility. With a healthy lifestyle, you have a balanced and varied diet that also provides your body with the nutrients and energy it needs. You have the strength to train to help build the muscle that supports bones and joints; therefore, you decrease the risk of falls and fractures. Cardiovascular exercise, also known as aerobic exercise, strengthens the heart muscle and therefore increases the efficiency of the heart. As we age, our bones biologically begin to lose mass and strength. Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking and strength training, helps delay the onset and/or prevent osteoporosis, and some research shows that participation in such activities can actually increase bone density and begin to reverse the disease.

The good news is that you don’t have to train like an Olympic athlete to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The secret and the logic is to repeat a healthy pattern chosen as part of your daily or weekly activities. We hope this will lead you to a healthy lifestyle if you’re not already there. A healthy lifestyle is a way of life.

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Zaida S. Goodman

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