Healthy isn't a diet, it's a way of life.
It's about making choices each day that have a positive effect on the mind and body—and contribute to overall wellbeing. It's easy to live healthy when you change your habits, so start by following these fundamental tips:
You've heard it before and you'll no doubt hear it again: a balanced diet is key to maintaining a healthy living.
Eating the right types and amounts of fruits, vegetables and proteins is fundamental to promoting overall wellbeing - from strong muscles and bones, to healthy brain function and a resilient immune system.
Studies have shown that disease prevention starts with what you eat: by choosing to eat healthy you are choosing to live well 360 degrees.the benefits of the Mediterranean diet
The benefits of regular exercise are infinite: increased blood circulation, more energy, stronger muscles, improved mental health and a lowered risk of heart disease. Not to mention that exercise burns calories and fat—making it possible to maintain an appropriate body weight.
Even if you can't get to the gym 3 times a week, there are simple steps you can take every day to boost physical activity, like: taking the stairs instead of the elevator; parking further away from the store or office; and taking a brisk walk around the mall when shopping.
A balanced diet is only the first step to adapting a healthy lifestyle, the second is exercise.
Stand up if you're sitting now!
People sit an average of 8 hours at work, only to get home and sit some more! Some studies suggest that sitting for prolonged periods of time (like in front of the television) can increase risk of cardiovascular disease and even shorten your life span! You can help prevent these negative side effects by practising good standing habits: get up and stretch for 5-10 minutes every half hour to get your blood flowing and help burn extra calories.
Easier said than done right?
Stress is normal factor in our incredibly busy and demanding lives, which makes it hard to avoid. What you may not realize though is the effects that ongoing stress can have on the body. It can manifest in headaches, anxiety, fatigue, moodiness, even chest pain—and eventually contribute to more serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. To help fight stress during the day, find small ways to relax and clear your mind like deep breathing techniques, listening to music, massages, light exercise or even stretching.
Sunshine is happiness.
No really, 10 to 15 minutes of sun can stimulate the production of serotonin which promotes a positive attitude. In addition, 90% of our vitamin D is absorbed from the sun: this nutrient plays an important role in bone health and can help lower risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, arthritis and even type 1 diabetes. Next time you are feeling blue, step outside and catch some rays (don't overdo it!) and you'll feel better in no time.