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Health and Making Healthier Decisions

By katiekilponen Oct 12, 2013 983 Words
Choices to Becoming Healthy
Thesis: It is important to make the right choices when it comes to living and being healthier. Introduction
I. Being skinny is not what makes a person healthy. There are many different factors that lead into living a healthy life. II. Today I will talking about different choices we can choose to make our lives healthier. Making healthy decisions can help us live longer, feel better every day, and lead happier lives. III. I have researched this topic extensively and have done many papers over it as well. I have also always been a very active person. My mother was overweight throughout her high school and college years so she always made sure I was doing something that kept my body moving, whether it was playing tennis, golfing, or biking. IV. Health is defined as the general condition of the body or mind. V. Making healthier decisions can dramatically change your life. Feeling and looking better can help you in so many different aspects of your life. Everyone in this class, including myself, could change something, whether it be a big or small change, to become a healthier person. VI. Today I will help everyone see why you should become healthier, the consequences of some common bad health habits, and some helpful tips when trying to become healthier. Transition: Let's take a look at why everyone should become healthier. Body

I. Making healthier decisions will have many positive impacts on your life such as, A. Self-confidence.
1. When a person becomes healthier and feels better, they usually gain self-confidence. Most people can relate to that feeling you get when you fit back into your old skinny jeans or a shirt that you thought that never in a million years you would fit into again, and when you do you immediately feel like nothing can bring you down! 2. According to, when our self-confidence is high, our relationships with everyday people tend to improve. B. Anti-aging

1. It is obvious that a healthy person has a better chance at living longer because there are many diseases that can be avoided with good health habits. 2. An example would be less Chance of heart disease, which according to Milton Terris in Healthy Lifestyles, is the number one killer in the U.S.

C. Less Chance for Health Problems
1. According to weight reduction reduces chances of knee problems, and other joints. Transition: To achieve these benefits of a healthy lifestyle such as self confidence, anti-aging, and less health problems, it is important to avoid some common bad habits.

II. Every choice we make, health wise, has a consequence, Good or bad. Some habits that everyone should do their best to avoid include smoking, bad eating habits, and heavy alcohol use.
A. Smoking
1. Increases your chances for Lung cancer.
2. It also drastically effects ability for cardiovascular exercise
B. Bad eating habits
1. Absolutely avoid binge eating. A lot of smaller meals and healthy snacks are better. When I was younger I absolutely dreaded working out so I figured just eating less would balance out not working out which now I look back on and can’t believe I was so ridiculous. Because when I would skip a meal, by the next one I would eat everything in sight because I was so hungry. 2. The little decisions add up. Choose healthy snacks instead of potato chips or French fries.

C. Heavy alcohol use.
1. Binge drinking is a big factor in college students gaining weight. 2. According to Rachel Combe in Alcohol and Calories, “Lipid Oxidation” is when alcohol is in your system, it’s harder for your body to burn fat that’s already there. Transition: It's obvious that a healthy lifestyle is that way to go. But is not always so easy.

III. There are a few tips that everyone should know about before going about changing their lifestyle.
A. Make reasonable goals for yourself.
1. Setting reachable goals will help avoid the feeling of never getting there. 2. Setting major goals and minor goals helps increase motivation.
B. Don't go at it alone.
1. Making big changes is easier to do if a friend is right by your side. 2. Being competitive with a friend who has similar goals can increase success and motivation.
C. Have some personal motivators
1. Having some deep personal motivators can help in the tough times. 2. Chance of achieving your goals is usually higher when you have a deep emotional reason, rather than just doing it because you want to look more attractive. Transition: As you can see from the information I have presented you, personal health is very important, and something we can all improve on. Conclusion

I. In conclusion:
II. Making healthy decisions can help us live longer, feel better every day, and lead happier lives. III. I have talked about some of the positive impacts and benefits of a healthier lifestyle, some bad health choices to be avoided, and some tips that can make getting healthier easier. IV. Improving your health can change your life.

V. Everyone in this room including myself can make improvements to their physical health and there is no reason anyone shouldn't make those changes. So start today! Because you know you won’t tomorrow. VI. Being healthy is not easy. It takes dedication and motivation. In order to change, we must be sick and tired, of being sick and tired.

Works Cited
Combe, Rachael. "Alcohol-and-Calories-Does-Drinking-Cause-Weight-Gain." Http:// 22 Feb. 2010. Web. 1 Apr. 2013. Hall, Douglas T., and Lawrence W. Foster. "A Psychological Success Cycle and Goal Setting: Goals, Performance, and Attitudes." The Academy of Management Journal 20.2 (1997). Print. "How Obesity Causes Knee Problems." Http:// Web. 1 Apr. 2013. Ruchlin, Hirsch S. "An Analysis of Smoking Patters among Older Adults." Medical Care 37.6 (1999). Print. "Self-improvement, Self-confidence, Self-esteem." Http:// Web. 1 Apr. 2013. Terris, Milton.

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