Do You Have Your Head in the Sand When it Comes to Your Health?
An extract from the XTL Journals
The Importance of Being Healthy
Many people think they are invincible regarding their health and wellbeing until something happens.
Sometimes there are warning signs…
And, sometimes it feels like you have been hit by a bus without warning.
We all instinctively know the answer to that, and because we do, why is it so many people make it one of their lowest priorities?
Why is health so important and why should it be our highest priority?
Whether you see the signs or not, it is of the utmost importance to make health a priority now before you are forced to.
Do you relate to any of the points below?
- Are you prioritizing everything else before your health?
- Are you oblivious to the fact, little things are starting to go wrong?
- You are ignoring little symptoms and hope they will fix themselves?
- You don’t know how to get healthy?
- Do you think you are invincible?
- You just don’t care about your health?
- Junk food tastes better than healthy food!
- Junk food is more convenient than healthy foods!
The sad fact is, many people do relate to at least one of these points.
We all instinctively know health is important, but for whatever the reason, many people make being healthy one of their lowest priorities?
Why should health be our highest priority?
Let’s look at the pro’s and con’s of living a healthy life…
- Reduces stress levels
- Increases energy
- Sets a positive example to those around us
- Improves mood
- Increases life span
- Weight control
- Combats disease
- Heart health
- Stronger bones
- Improved memory
- Better sleep
- Improved gut health
- Can be more expensive
- Not always easy to find
- Eating healthy doesn’t always taste as good
As you can see, being healthy helps improve our lives in so many ways…
Exercising and eating healthy foods regularly are at times a challenge for just about everyone. And when leading a busy life, it can be difficult to find the time and inspiration to stick to a healthy diet and exercise program.
However, the benefits far outweigh the negative impact of not doing anything.
The bottom line is, leading a healthy lifestyle helps you both physically and mentally while at the same time, helping you live a more active life longer.
How to Get Healthy
The importance of consuming a healthy diet cannot be overstated. Minerals,proteins, nutrients and vitamins all make up essential building blocks our bodies need on a consistent basis to thrive.
A healthy diet consists of fresh fruit and vegetables, complete proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. While this is important, it’s just as important to avoid foods containing high levels of sugar, saturated (bad) fats, sodium,cholesterol and preservatives.
Exercise at its most basic level is designed to burn calories, get the body moving and increase the heart rate.
- Burning calories helps maintain and aids weight loss
- Exercise strengthens muscles through activity
- A raised heart rate helps the heart grow stronger and stay healthier
Addition Physical Benefits
Regular exercise also helps reduce type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and many other health related problems. And, if that’s not enough to convince you, regular exercise can also help extend your lifespan.
Healthy eating and regular exercise are well known in helping balance the mind, keeping stress at bay and creating a happier disposition. Peaceful activities such as yoga, walking, tai chi and massage can also help reduce stress levels.
Combining exercise, healthy eating and peaceful activities can help learning, problem solving, sharper thinking and reduce the risk of depression.
How to Start
It doesn’t matter your age, your fitness level or your present diet, it’s never too late to start.
For a person who is not very active, start with a 10-minute Daily walk, replace any current drinks with plain old healthy water and remove sugar-based products from your diet. That included ice-cream and chocolate. And, ask a friend to do it with you.
We are eager to hear about your getting back to health journey.
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Yours in Life,