Living a Healthy Life.

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Living a Healthy Life

I believe everyone should strive for good health. Health comes in more than one way. A person should be physically fit, nutritionally fit, and emotionally fit for good overall health. Living a healthy life takes ongoing dedication and often calls for lifestyle changes. Being healthy in all three aspects takes time and effort, but the benefits are rewarding. The dictionary defines "health" as the state of being sound, or whole, in body, mind, or soul. It is also the state of being free from physical disease or pain. There are a combination or ways that if faithfully followed one can try to achieve this. I take it upon myself to share this wonderful information with you; it just might save your life.

The first of the three issues is being physically fit. There is more than one part to this issue alone, the first of which is aiming and maintaining a healthy weight. Do you know if your weight is healthy? Most people only guess. Using the body mass index as a guide you can know for sure. Find you height and weight on the graph and then follow the coordinates to see if you land in the healthy range.

Now matter if you are currently in the healthy range or not you need to eat right. Everyone has seen the food pyramid but not to many people pay any attention to the recommendations. A balanced daily diet combined with physical activity work together in managing a person's weight. Increasing physical activity allows you to eat more without retaining more calories; therefore it is easier to get the daily nutrients you need.

A lot of people groan when they think of daily exercise but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To get moderate exercise does not mean a person has to continually work out at the gym. There are two types of physical exercise and they are equally important. Aerobic activities speed up your heart rate and breathing. In doing so they help with cardiovascular fitness. Activities for strength and flexibility help build muscles and maintain healthy bones. It is easy to incorporate exercise into your routine walk to the store, jog with your dog, play sports with your kids or take part in yoga or like activities. Do you still need motivation to get started? Read these benefits and it might persuade you to set aside some time to exercise.

Tips: The Eight Benefits of Regular Exercise

Increases physical fitness.

Helps maintain and build healthy bones, joints, and muscles.

Builds endurance and muscular strength.

Helps manage weight.

Lowers risk factors for cardiovascular disease, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Helps control blood pressure.

Promotes psychological well-being and self-esteem.

Reduces feelings of depression.

For all the benefits it brings it should be seen as a small amount of time. People of all ages need to exercise. Children need an hour of physical activity a day, while adults need thirty minutes, and an hour if trying to loose weight. Older people need to take part in physical activities too. Like the rest of us it strengthens their bones and improves flexibility. Though, these things are even more important at an older age. It can reduce their risk of falling and breaking bones. It can also help preserve muscles, as they begin to deteriorate. It can reduce the effects of osteoporosis and improve their ability to live independently. It is never to late to work to increase your health.

Advice for Today:

Engage in at least thirty minutes of activity daily for and adult and sixty minutes for children.

Become physically active if you are inactive.

Maintain or increase physical activity if you are already active.

Stay active throughout your life.

Choose physical activities that fit with your daily routine, or recreational/structured activities.

Consult your health care provider before starting a new vigorous physical activity plan- id you have a chronic health problem, or are over forty for men and fifty for women.

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