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Steps to a Healthier Way of Life

By Diane Galvis | Updated: Wednesday, 01 December 2021 23:12 UTC
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Do you consider your physical condition to be good? Apart from straying from the road now and then, most of us believe we do a decent job of preserving our health by following excellent (or at least acceptable) eating habits and getting as much exercise as we can. Is this, however, sufficient to qualify as "healthy"?

A recent poll found that just a tiny number of people meet the criteria for living a healthy lifestyle. According to the study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, just 3% of Americans scored perfect on the four basic criteria for healthy living. Only 13.8 percent matched three of the criteria, while 34.2 percent met only two. By a smidgeon, women outpaced men.

See how you do on the four health-related criteria devised by the researchers:

Do you smoke?

  • Can you maintain a healthy weight (BMI of 18-25) or do you need to reduce weight to obtain a healthy weight?
  • Do you eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day?
  • Do you exercise for 30 minutes or more five days a week?

The good news is that you should be familiar with all but one of these behaviors because they are all part of the Weight Loss Clinic. The WLC program's pillars are numbers 2–4, which we debate, write about, and campaign for on a regular basis.

Everyone understands that smoking is bad for one's health. If you were one of the lucky ones who never acquired a nicotine addiction, give yourself a pat on the back. If you're a smoker, I hope you're making a concerted attempt to quit. It's difficult to exaggerate the importance of a smoke-free lifestyle for your own and others' health.

In total, there are four steps.

While those four behaviors are unquestionably crucial for living a healthy lifestyle, others may argue that more considerations should be included. If you could have everything, what would you put on your wish list?

Just for fun, I made my own top ten list of healthy activities that contribute to overall wellbeing and lifestyle happiness (in addition to the four basics):

Your everyday habits play a big part in your overall dental health. Brush and floss your teeth and gum every day to keep them healthy and free of illness. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers, however, require regular dental visits. Cleanings and exams with your dentist should be done at least twice a year, according to a dental office in Chandler. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and examine for cavities, but they may also spot potential issues and offer treatment choices.

Ensure that you receive a good night's sleep. People who get adequate sleep are better at managing stress and may also have more control over their appetites. Sleep deprivation has been shown to disrupt our "hunger hormones," perhaps leading to overeating.

Eat meals with your family on a regular basis. This encourages parents to be good role models, promotes healthy eating habits, and fosters an environment favorable to active dialogues. Keeping in touch with family and/or friends is a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Smile and laugh aloud many times a day. It assists you in being grounded and dealing with situations that may otherwise drive you wild. Read comic novels, watch a comedy, or tell jokes to bring out those happy feelings.

Spend at least 10-20 minutes each day meditating, praying, or seeking solace in some other way. Contemplation is good for your spirit, it helps you deal with daily stressors, and it may even help you lower your blood pressure.

Get a pedometer and use it to motivate you to walk, walk, and walk again. Instead, of worrying about how many minutes of exercise you need, focus on increasing the number of steps you take each day. Physical activity may help you relax, burn calories, and boost your self-esteem, regardless of how you get it.

Make sure your back is straight. You will seem 5 pounds lighter if you stand straight and tense your abdominal muscles. To get the most out of the activity, think "tall and tight" every time you walk.

Consider taking up yoga. Strength, flexibility, and balance are all aided by these poses. These are crucial areas for the aged in particular, and they can assist both men and women.

Increase your protein consumption. This vitamin is a significant part of your diet, accounting for somewhere between 10% and 35% of your total calories. Protein keeps you full in your stomach for a long time; combine it with high-fiber foods to feel content on fewer calories. Nuts, low-fat dairy, lentils, lean meat, poultry, and fish are all excellent options.

Last but not least, have a positive outlook. Make an attempt to look at things from the perspective of a "half-full glass." You must believe in yourself, surround yourself with good people, and think positively in order to succeed ("I think I can, I think I can...").

You are the center of everything.

It's probable that your list of healthy behaviors isn't the same as mine. The most important thing to remember is that you are in charge of your health and well-being. Take charge of your life and be conscious of small behavioral changes that can assist you in living a healthy lifestyle.

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