Friday, September 14, 2007

Feel Good With Healthy Lifestyle

You may not realize it but, more often than not, it’s the little things we do on a regular basis that can have a huge impact on our health, fitness, and well-being.

To set you on the easy road to a healthier lifestyle, there are simple things you can work into your daily routine to improve the way you look and feel…

First, start everyday with a breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal. The single most important habit you can have to improve your general health is to start each day with a good breakfast. Remember that no single food gives you all the nutrients you need; you should eat a variety of foods to maintain good health. Eating a healthy breakfast gives you the energy reserves you’ll need for the day.

Second, have a good night sleep. Sleep deprivation can spark a range of physical, emotional, and mental health problems, not to mention vehicular accidents that occur as a result of reduced alertness on the road. There’s certainly no substitute for getting a 6-8 hours of sleep and a nap for about 20-30 minutes in a day.

Third, have a regular exercise. Regular exercise provides a wide variety of long-term benefits. It helps control weight gain; maintains healthy bones, muscles, and joints; reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure and diabetes; and promotes psychological well-being. Avoid sedentary lifestyle. There are a lot of ways to incorporate physical activity like taking the stairs instead of using the elevator or walking to your destination if it is not that far. Soon physical activity becomes a habit and your body will thank you for it.

Fourth, drink lots of liquids. Avoid dehydration. Drinking plenty of liquids especially water (8-10 glasses/day) keeps vital organs like our heart, brain, kidneys, and liver in proper working order.

Lastly, socialize with people. Social interactions with other people allow us to access a network of health information that we might not be aware of. It also provides access to people who can provide physical and emotional support in times of crisis, as well as provide us with a sense of belongingness. We are social creatures and being part of a social group is therapeutic. It helps overcome feelings of anxiety and depression.

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