Staying healthy yields a variety of benefits – it can decrease your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, some cancers, injuries, and more. Full body health is incredibly important, and focusing on the mind, body, and spirit is the best way to ensure you’re optimizing your present and future well-being. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that making even slight changes to your daily lifestyle habits over time can increase your overall health. Harvard Medical School has provided several suggestions for maintaining your health:
- Get plenty of exercise. Research has shown that swimming, tai chi, strength training, and walking are some of the best ways to exercise. Physical activities help keep your weight under control, improve your balance and range of motion, reduce blood pressure, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, prevent bladder control problems, and can also assist with memory loss.
- Try to eat a healthy diet. Livestrong, an online resource for recipes, fitness, and health, notes that eating healthy is a basis for a well-functioning body. Eating healthy provides energy, assists with weight management, disease prevention, mood and cognition regulation, and more. Harvard mentioned a study that analyzed foods that promote weight gain and weight loss; a study of over 120,000 healthy women and men spanning the range of 20 years were analyzed and researchers found that processed foods with higher starch, refined grains, fats and sugars can increase weight. Foods such as vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt all were found to promote weight loss.
- Engage in social connections. Social connections improve quality of life, boost your mental health, help you live longer, and decrease your risk of suicide. A study conducted in New York found that individuals with perceived insufficient social support were more susceptible to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, so social connections are crucial to overall health and well-being.
- Partake in mental stimulation. Crosswords, scrabble, keeping up with current events, reading, puzzles, movies, video games and developing a new hobby are all excellent ways to keep your mind working efficiently.
There are several excellent benefits to maintaining your health, and you can do this by making subtle changes in your lifestyle habits. Do not feel overwhelmed or decide to take on these at once – introduce small steps over time to ensure they become habitual.
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