Lets’s face it, in today’s day and age, with all the technological advances, time saving devices, and a variety of food options, it’s often a challenge to live a healthy lifestyle. But no doubt, our health is an important aspect of our lives and the things we do now or don’t do, can seriously impact whether or not our future remains a healthy one.
While I love the technological advances and time saving devices just as the next person, it is important to maintain that balance with some physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The time saving devices are helping us do just that, save time, but what are we doing with the time we are “saving”? Are we using it wisely by including some physical activities to keep our bodies moving or are we using that extra time to engage in other activities that rob us of that much needed physical activity?
Understandably life’s challenges may be a bit consuming, but remember it is our good health that is helping us meet these challenges, so it’s important for us to stay healthy. So here are four simple tips you can use to get yourself back on track.
“An active body stays active,” and a simple activity such as walking, can do wonders for us and this can be done anywhere. A forgotten exercise, according to experts walking is the superfood of fitness. Check out the benefits of walking and ACSM’s recommendation. An easy way to start could be, instead of taking the elevator utilize the steps. Now I am not saying that if you work on the 44th floor you should walk up all 44 flights of stairs. But the idea can be to start small. Take the lift to the 43rd floor and simply walk up one flight.
Walking is one small change, that can have quite a bit of long-term benefits for you. Instead of sending that email, take a walk to where that person is. The added advantage here is that you get to meet “socialize” with a few more co-workers, maybe even some you haven’t met before. You can always send a follow-up email after the fact. The objective is to avoid the harmful effects that can occur as a result of prolonged sitting at your desk and get some circulation throughout your body. Need some motivation? Getting a fitness activity tracker is a good place to start.
Balancing your activities is also important. So you want to play video games and throw a couple of other activities in there. A great way to mix this up is to get a video game that requires some activity on your part. Don’t just play the ones that keep you sitting on a couch with the only parts of your body getting a work out are your thumbs.
Even though you may also be getting some hand eye coordination going, the benefits are not extended to your arms and legs to keep that circulation going. My suggestion? If you are into video games, invest in one that allows for some more body movement to facilitate that circulation within the body.
There are more than just physical benefits to doing this, especially when the whole family can get involved in this particular activity. Childhood obesity is on the rise, and this kind of activity can be a great way to introduce your entire family to not just some physical activity for everyone’s benefit, but it can also represent an opportunity to simulate a potential new hobby or sport you’ve been wanting to try. It’s also a very cost effective way to make an impact on sedentary activities.
While balancing our activities are important, eating healthy is also important. Understandably we don’t always have that time to prepare a healthy meal, but over indulging on fast foods and snacks is not recommended on an everyday basis. You want to make sure that you have some healthy meals and snacks in there as well.
It’s often been argued that eating healthy is expensive. However, while this might be true, having to deal with the possible long-term consequences of not eating healthily can be much more costly, in more ways than one.
When it comes to your health, you can’t afford to think short-term, but rather you need to be long-term oriented if you want to fulfill all those dreams. Here is one suggested solution to healthy eating, start a home garden and get the children involved as well. It can be their “project”. Okay so you don’t have yard space. Hey, not a problem, as container gardening or urban gardening is a great way to go.
Don’t neglect those physical check-ups. Prevention is better than cure. As we get older, somethings won’t work the way they use to, but keeping physically active can keep these functions around for a long time to come. Getting regular physical checkups can be a source of reassurance that you are as healthy as you feel, as well as an opportunity to catch any lurking problems that can cause potential difficulties. Early detection of problems presents a better opportunity for treatment and cure.
There you have it. Four (4) simple tips to live a healthy lifestyle:
- Start walking
- Balance activities
- Eat healthy
- Health checkup
I hope this post was helpful and please feel free to utilize the comment section of my website to share your experiences of how you live a healthy lifestyle, or the challenges you face trying to live a healthy lifestyle, and how you overcame those challenges. I am sure my readers would appreciate it and I myself look forward to hearing from you.
Here’s to living a long and healthy lifestyle.