Health Longevity Institute
How to Achieve Good Health, Wellness & Longevity
Thru Eating, Exercise and Lifestyle Changes
- Good health is very important. If we do not achieve good health, we are prone to acquiring risky diseases and shorter life span. Achieving good health is relatively easy and good changes will happen to your lifestyle. In the beginning, these changes can be difficult to follow or get used to. The best thing to do is to begin slowly and do not try to change everything at once.
The most important technique in achieving good health is having adequate exercise. If we have adequate exercise, we are not only achieving good health but we are also strengthening our cardiovascular system, reducing stress effects on the body, and strengthening our muscle mass. To make sure you exercise regularly, find an exercise you enjoy doing. For those who prefer outdoor exercises, running, jogging, hiking, or trekking can be an appropriate choice of exercise. Swimming can also be a good form of exercise, for those you like to swim.
In the recent years, alternative forms of exercise are becoming popular. "Yoga" is one of these exercises that catches the interest of many people. This form of alternative exercise is a great stress reliever; helps lose weight, and strengthen the body. Another form of alternative exercise is Pilates, which focuses on core strength of the abdominals.
Poor eating habits are prelude to poor health. In maintaining and achieving good health, one must observe healthy eating habits. For those who have poor eating habits, make the changes gradually by eating small portions of food at every meal, and add more fruits and vegetables. As the changes are done gradually, this ensures that the foods to be eaten are full of vitamins and minerals and nutritious also. Moderation in eating is the key to success in achieving good health.
Over-processed foods are not good for the body and health. Try to eliminate these foods from your diet. Preparing your own nutritious meals is a much healthier choice.
Drinking and smoking are the two greatest killers of good health. Although red wine can be good for the body according to experts, it should be taken in moderation. Smoking can be very dangerous to one’s health as well as to the health of the people around the smokers. One advantage of quitting smoking is that the body begins the task of repairing the damages in the body that occurred throughout the years.
Achieving good health is very easy. All it takes is some changes in your lifestyle and diet. Easy and small changes are the best way to get started. With these changes, one can able to enjoy his or her golden years with good health.
You should balance your activities with the proper amount of rest. Leading experts in the field of aging now believe that regular exercise along with the proper amount of rest may actually add years to the life span. Results from a number of tests indicate that speed and muscular strength of many of the elderly can be extended.
Diet, proper sleep and exercise along with rest and relaxation are all important factors in increasing longevity.
Laughter is one of the best things for your mental and physical state. People are naturally attracted to someone who has a good sense of humor. You can develop a good outlook and a good sense of humor by associating yourself with pleasant happy people.
Stress can be a killer. A life filled with stress can really wreck havoc on your body, causing a number of illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, asthma, gastric problems, menstrual disorders, ulcerative colitis, angina, irritable colon, increased blood pressure, ulcers, headaches, etc.
There are different types of stress such as mental, emotional and physical. Emotional stress seems to take the greatest toll on everyone. All stress is not bad; in fact life would not be very interesting if it were not met with challenges. However, too much stress, too often with no effective and appropriate outlet, does not allow the body and soul to recuperate. You might review a typical week to see if you can identify things that might be making you anxious or causing you stress. Once identified, stressors can be attacked and eliminated.
Are you a worrier? Chronic worriers don't have more serious problems than others - they just think they do. Many worriers try to cope by trying not to think about their problems, but this just makes things worse. Doctors say that chronic worriers feel less anxious if they actually spend a half-hour a day thinking specifically about their problems.
Get plenty of exercise. People who are physically fit look good and feel good. A good exercise regimen will lengthen your life, improve your appearance, build self confidence and help delay the aging process.
Many of us lead busy lives, and it's easy to put physical activity at the bottom of the "to do" list. Remember, though, being active is one of the most important things you can do each day to maintain and improve your health. Make it a point to include physical activities throughout your day. Try being active first thing in the morning before you get busy. Think of your time to exercise as a special appointment, and mark it on your calendar.
Remember that you need to do something physical every day. Studies have shown that people with arthritis experience less pain if they continue to keep their joints flexible. As one gets older, the bones tend to get brittle which is why it is common for senior citizens to break bones and especially their hips when they fall.
Below are ways to help you make exercise a regular part of your daily life.
- Make it a priority
- Make it easy
- Make it safe
- Make it social
- Make it interesting and fun
- Make it an active decision
Eating right, getting proper sleep and learning to relax are all very valuable in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Remember that eating healthy foods and avoiding those high in fats, sodium and cholesterol will help decrease your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and associated problems.