Staying healthy is about quality of life. Instead of giving up the things one loves, enhance what already exists. A lot of that involves letting go of the unchangeable and focusing on the positive.
Stress has become the cause of many ailments among the human race. People internalize these feelings and it affects health, and relationships. Learn to meditate. This is a time where one can clear the mind of the day’s worries and focus on the new day.
A healthy sex life is one of the biggest boons to health. A couple of sessions of sexual activity actually increases immune defenses. Though you are not going to lose weight at a rapid pace, an especially active 30 minute encounter burns just under 100 calories.
Exercise is one of the cornerstones of staying healthy. It is also something many people ignore. Try it in increments. Start parking farther away from the entrance to buildings. Those few extra steps cannot hurt. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Ease into a 30 minute stroll three times a week and work toward an hour of power-walking five times a week. Find an activity one enjoys. Join a softball league or take a swim class. These all count as exercise.
Eating well does not mean completely giving up chocolate cake or french fries. It does mean increasing the number of fruits, vegetables and whole grains one eats and reducing overall fat and sugar intake. Dessert and fried snacks should represent a small portion of what one eats each week. Instead of eating until full, try stopping right before that sensation. After a few minutes, the desire to clean one’s plate often disappears. Increase water intake. Once a person feels thirsty, they have already become dehydrated and dehydrated individuals mistake thirst for hunger and overindulge.
Maintaining regular medical and dental checkups is another aspect of health. When it is time to go in for a bi-annual teeth cleaning, prostate exam, mammogram and numerous other preventive options, do not miss the appointment. Individuals that go in at the first sign of of things like a misshapen mole or abnormal bleeding have a better chance at recovery. Seeing a dentist twice a year, not only protects teeth, but lowers the risk of plaque traveling from the mouth to the arteries.
Staying healthy is not based on one thing. Make small changes in lifestyle to create big changes overall.