Today’s society is almost obsessed with leading a healthy lifestyle. Surely, it is desirable, but what is it and how to achieve it? A healthy lifestyle has many benefits, increasing life expectancy, improving quality of life and reducing many health risks.
One of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle is adequate nutrition. While a nutrition specialist can provide accurate and personalized/customized advice, it is possible to eat healthy following a couple of simple rules.
The main ingredients of a healthy diet are proteins and vegetables. The benefits of fruits remain questionable. Fruits are rich in vitamins, but also contain a lot of sugar. Fructose, the type of sugar found in fruit, is better than regular sugar, but it’s still sugar. Biologists say that when blood sugar levels decrease after time has passed since the last sugar intake, it can produce a “down” or a slightly depressed mood.
We think we are correct in saying that everyone knows that exercise is important. However, regular exercise demands will power, commitment and, of course, time. Regardless, it is not necessary to spend hours at the gym daily to reap the benefits of regular physical activity.
Unless you want to be a professional bodybuilder and win fitness competitions, you might not even need to enrol in a gym. Jogging or even walking, if done often enough, is sufficient to strengthen your cardiovascular health. According to some personal trainers, as little as 20 minutes of cardio 3 times a week is enough.
Interestingly enough, cardio even improves cognitive function by improving blood flow to the brain. Exercise has other positive impacts on the brain as well. For example, fitness activities contribute to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good drugs”. Endorphins produce a kind of “high”, but unlike street drugs, have no negative consequences.
Mind body connection
As simplistic as it may sound, one of the most important principles of staying healthy is the mind body connection. When working out “feeling” or thinking about a muscle may help to target it. Results from working out do not always produce the desired effect on problem areas. YouTube has many video tutorials helping working on particular muscle groups.