People often postpone taking care of their health until a serious condition arises or symptoms begin to affect their day-to-day lives. Sometimes it is too late for the body to heal completely, or it may take much more work than if the individual had begun taking care of their health earlier in life. However, some people don’t understand how important health is, and even more people don’t know what to do to improve it. Let’s look at how you can be healthier now by making a few simple changes.
Many people underestimate the importance of regular exercise. While most Americans lead sedentary lifestyles, humans tend to be much healthier when they exercise regularly. Many experts believe that a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for many serious health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. Exercising reguarly over time can improve cardiovascular health, decrease high blood pressure, decrease stress, improve breathing, improve mood and sleep quality, increase energy, and strengthen muscles and bones. That is not a complete list of all the potential benefits that can come with regular exercise, and exercise doesn’t have to be hard.
Try taking a short walk each day and slowly increase the duration of your walk every few days. Some people prefer to lift weights as their form of exercise, but always remember to listen to your body and work with someone who can teach you the correct form. Lifting weights is a great way to build muscle to keep your body and bones strong, but lifting weights incorrectly can cause an injury, so always ask a professional if you are just getting started, and listen to your body so you don’t push yourself too far.
Your diet is arguably the biggest contributor to your overall health, and eating more healthy foods can have a big impact on your health. Processed foods like frozen prepared meals, chips, packaged cookies, sodas, etc. have ingredients that may be harmful. Artificial preservatives, flavors and colors are some of the most common food additives, and can be some of the most dangerous due to how much the average person consumes. Sugar is another ingredient found in high amounts in sodas, cookies, candy and other sweets. Overconsumption of sugar comes with a long list of potential health effects, and entire books have been written about the dangers of sugar. So, replacing processed foods, sweets and sodas with healthy foods like good fats, fruits and vegetables, and responsibly-raised meats is always a good change to consider making.
Adding a supplement regimen to a healthy diet is a good way to help ensure you are getting enough of the nutrients you may be lacking. The vitamin and mineral profile of fruits and vegetables has steadily decreased over the years as the soil gets depleted, so eating a clean diet still may not provide all of the nutrients you need. You can start off with a small supplement plan that includes the basics like a good multivitamin, fish oil, and magnesium, and then you can add in more specific supplements based on your individual needs. Having a blood test done will also give your healthcare professional the information they need to make a more individualized supplement plan.
Every little decision you make each day adds up, so make as many good choices as you can, no matter how small. Take the stairs sometimes, go for a walk, replace soda with water, eat more fruits and vegetables, and anything else you can do to improve your health. Making healthy choices early in life and throughout your life may help decrease your risk of developing certain health conditions. Working towards being healthier doesn’t have to be a negative experience, look at it as an investment in your health and well-being, and try to stay positive each day.