It seems everywhere I go these days there is some sort of advertisement about good health and lifestyle. So, what is it exactly, what should we be doing to live a healthy lifestyle? After a quick look online and some of my common-sense, this is what I came up whit. It is about having the right mindset, good healthy balanced diet and regular exercise.. Achieving a healthy lifestyle is simple and it’s entirely our own responsibility.
Diet plays a huge role in our self image & wellbeing. You don’t want to work hours in the gym or a sports field and then be eating a poor diet (eg. burgers, fries etc). A typical balanced diet consists of plenty of fruit and vegetables, enough carbohydrates, low intake of fats, sugars & salt (less than 6g a day), protein which we get from soya, milk or meat, it is responsible for the rebuilding of muscle tissue. Plenty of wholegrain foods high in fibre are a must especially for breakfast (wholemeal bread, oats etc) and a great way to start the day. Water is the next requirement (75ml per kg bodyweight) roughly about 8 glasses/ adult, drank regularly throughout the day.
A lot of us forget the body needs time to rest, well we should all ideally be getting 8 hrs sleep a night and preferably getting to bed before midnight. Without enough rest we can become tired, demotivated and stressed.
The World Health Organization recommends an hour a day of moderate intensity exercise (brisk walking, cycling etc). It’s up to you to take part in some sort of activity daily. The sound of the word exercise can be off putting for many, often thought of as too much of a chore, well becoming active can be fun and rewarding and once your body is in a routine, you’ll never regret the thought of exercise.
What are the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,
Reduces the risks of chronic diseases.
Improves blood cholesterol levels.
Prevents bone loss.
Manages your weight.
Boosts energy levels.
Form of socialising.
Prevents and manages hypertension.
Those are just some examples of what a difference living a healthy lifestyle will make to your health. So instead of the car think about walking or cycling the distance(realistic of course), take up a hobby or sport that keeps you active, instead of the lift take the stairs and so on. When it comes to the kids try and encourage them to go outdoors, whether it’s playing touch, game of soccer or heading to the local pool for a swim, at least they’re away from the TV or games console and they’ll thank you for it when they’re older. Children lead by our examples so make sure whatever you preach you practice.