Eintrag #1, 12.03.2009, 19:39 Uhr

Healthy Lifestyle

Simple Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle!

    Maybe you hear a lot about living a healthy lifestyle, but what does that mean? In general, a healthy person doesn't smoke, is at a healthy weight, eats healthy and exercises. Sounds simple, doesn't it?
The trick to healthy living is making small changes...taking more steps,adding fruit to your cereal, having an extra glass of water...these arejust a few ways you can start living healthy without drastic changes.
Oneof the biggest problems in America today is lack of activity. We knowit's good for us but avoid it like the plague either because we're usedto being sedentary or afraid that exercise has to be vigorous to beworth our time. The truth is, movement is movement and the more you do,the healthier you'll be. Even moderate activities like chores,gardening and walking can make a difference.
Just adding a little movement to your life can:
Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
Improve joint stability
Increase and improve range of movement
Help maintain flexibility as you age
Maintain bone mass
Prevent osteoporosis and fractures
Improve mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
Enhance self esteem
Improve memory in elderly people
Reduce stress
So,even if you opt for small changes and a more modest weight loss, youcan see the benefits are still pretty good. One study has found thatjust a 10% weight reduction helped obese patients reduce bloodpressure, cholesterol and increase longevity.
Simple Ways to Move Your Body
Youcan start the process of weight loss now by adding a little moreactivity to your life. If you're not ready for a structured program,start small. Every little bit counts and it all adds up to burning morecalories.
Turn off the TV. Once a week, turn off the TV and dosomething a little more physical with your family. Play games, take awalk...almost anything will be more active than sitting on the couch.
Walkmore. Look for small ways to walk more. When you get the mail, take awalk around the block, take the dog for an extra outing each day orwalk on your treadmill for 5 minutes before getting ready for work.
Dosome chores. Shoveling snow, working in the garden, raking leaves,sweeping the floor...these kinds of activities may not be 'vigorous'exercise, but they can keep you moving while getting your house inorder.
Pace while you talk. When you're on the phone, pace around oreven do some cleaning while gabbing. This is a great way to stay movingwhile doing something you enjoy.
Be aware. Make a list of all thephysical activities you do on a typical day. If you find that the bulkof your time is spent sitting, make another list of all the ways youcould move more--getting up each hour to stretch or walk, walk thestairs at work, etc.
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Eating Well
Eatinga healthy diet is another part of the healthy lifestyle. Not only can aclean diet help with weight management, it can also improve your healthand quality of life as you get older. You can use the new food guidepyramid to determine how many calories you need and what food groupsyou should focus on or, if you're looking for smaller changes, you canuse these tips for simple ways to change how you eat:
Eat morefruit. Add it to your cereal, your salads or even your Sneak in moreveggies. Add them wherever you can--a tomato on your sandwich, pepperson your pizza, or extra veggies in your pasta sauce. Keep pre-cut orcanned/frozen veggies ready for quick snacks.
Switch your saladdressing. If you eat full-fat dressing, switch to something lighter andyou'll automatically eat less calories.
Eat low-fat or fat-freedairy. Switching to skim milk or fat free yogurt is another simple wayto eat less calories without having to change too much in your diet.
Makesome substitutes. Look through your cabinets or fridge and pick 3 foodsyou eat every day. Write down the nutritional content and, the nexttime you're at the store, find lower-calorie substitutes for just those3 items.
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Creating ahealthy lifestyle doesn't have to mean drastic changes. In fact,drastic changes almost always lead to failure. Making small changes inhow you live each day can lead to big rewards, so figure out what youcan to be healthy today.
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