Doctors are continually lecturing people on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, many of us hear these words and instantly think that in order to achieve optimal health, you have to spend hundreds of dollars per year on gym memberships and organic foods. On the contrary, you can live a normal, healthy lifestyle by following a few simple tips every day.
Staying active doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend $100 per month on a gym membership; nor does it mean that you have to run 10 miles every day. Staying active means exactly what it says: staying active. Instead of lounging around on the couch watching Dancing with the Stars re-runs, get up and take a walk around your neighborhood after dinner or take a hike in the woods for 20 to 30 minutes each night.
Walking is one of the easiest, free exercise routines you can do that will provide you with the most benefits to your health. Speed walking is even better because it helps boost your heartrate while working just about every major muscle in your body.
Eating right doesn’t mean omitting the tasty sweets like ice cream and chocolate cake. Eating right is a balancing act. It also means that you should not skip meals, or over-eat at meals and snacks. According to the USDA, the average, active male between the ages of 36 and 40 should receive approximately 2,800 calories per day while the average, active female in the same age group should receive approximately 2,200 calories per day.
Knowing these figures, while can be quite helpful, is of little consequence if you’re eating something with empty calories. Following the USDA food guide pyramid is also important.
Stress and anxiety can play a very harmful role on your overall health and well-being. Studies have shown that people who are stressed and anxious a lot of the time often suffer from hypertension and other heart-related conditions. Reduce the amount of stress in your life, wherever possible. If you cannot reduce or eliminate certain stress triggers, find a healthy way to manage and deal with your stressful lifestyle. Walking is one of the best stress-reducing exercises that is often recommended by healthcare professionals.
We all know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will provide positive results in the long run, however much of the hype we hear on the radio, television, and by our friends and relatives is just that – hype. There are many ways to maintain good health without breaking the bank. Utilize these tips to help you fast-track your way to optimal health.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Our bodies may look restful while we’re sleeping, however this is the time when our body begins to repair itself from the inside out. Studies have shown that our bodies heal and rejuvenate damaged cells while our at rest. That’s why it is so important for you to rest when you’re sick! Getting a good night’s sleep can help your body fight off infection and heal and repair damaged cells and bones. Additionally, it also helps to give our brain a little R&R from our hectic daily lives – which will help to reduce stress and anxiety. Depression victims also note that getting a restful sleep helps reduce the depression symptoms.