We all know that living a healthy life is good for us. It helps us live longer and disease free. But often, knowledge is not enough; you need the motivation to walk on a path such as developing a healthy regime, especially when it involves changing your daily routine.
We, humans, are lethargic and resist change, even when it is good. Therefore, it becomes quite difficult to make or accept the change if the stimulus is not strong.
So, we are providing you with the extra motivation to stay healthy and happy in your life.
Keeps you healthy physically
Eating healthy food and regular exercise helps you keep fit physically. So, make healthy food choices and indulge in the physical activity of your choice to get the required benefits.
Making healthy choices does not mean sticking to the food you don’t like. For instance, if you don’t like lentils as a protein source, go for lean proteins such as tofu, white meat, plain greek yogurt, white-fleshed fish, etc. This list is endless; however, you will have to find the food you like and available nearby.
The same goes for exercise. Keeping your body active is good for physical health, but it does not mean limiting yourself to a gym routine.
Put up a fight with stress
Another major benefit of staying healthy is that it helps you fight stress.
Similarly, when people fighting anxiety or alcohol addiction visit a rehab, the primary focus is often on developing a healthy lifestyle. Popular rehabs like the Palm Beach Institute create special programs for their inmates or outpatients to promote healthy habits.
In addition, exercise, mindful meditation, yoga, journaling, deep breathing, and spending time in nature (Ecotherapy) are part of your healthy lifestyle and help you put up a fight against stress. Community gardening, for instance, reduces loneliness, helps you mingle with others, and increases the feelings of solidarity.
Prevents disease attack
No one wants to get sick. But is everyone ready to adopt a healthy lifestyle because that is the way you can prevent diseases from attacking your body?
A healthy lifestyle strengthens your immune system, which is your fight mechanism against diseases. For instance, a study found that increasing your daily fruits and vegetables by 66g can decrease the risk of type -2 diabetes by 25%.
In another study, people who followed a Standard American diet consisting of fruits and vegetables for eight weeks had a lesser chance of developing cardiovascular diseases.
As for exercise, working out for 11 minutes daily adds years to your life. In a study, researchers tracked more than 44,000 adults who engaged in moderate to intense exercise for 11 minutes daily. They found that the participants had a reduced risk of disease compared to those who exercised at the same intensity for two minutes.
A healthy lifestyle also helps you reduce weight. You can keep an eye on your food’s nutritional profile and couple your efforts with ample sleep and exercise.
Poor sleep is often cited as one of the reasons for gaining weight and obesity. The process starts with watching movies, studying, or working late at night. Eventually, your body will feel hungry and demand food. And in the middle of the night, what is more, convenient than grabbing a packet of chips, gulping down a can of soda, or ordering fast food from the outside? This way, you might fight hunger and sleeplessness, but you will eventually sabotage your waistline.
Most people brag about sleeping late and all-nighter, but they don’t realize that eventually, it will affect them and no one else. An easier way to prevent all this is by regulating your sleep schedule and avoiding all-nighters.
Increase your life expectancy
We all want to enjoy our stay on this earth for longer. And one thing that we are often told about increasing our life is living a healthy lifestyle, such as shunning alcohol use and smoking, exercising, and avoiding fatty and junk food.
A new study has once again corroborated these facts that a healthy lifestyle is also linked with increasing your life expectancy by reducing long-term diseases.
According to the study, eating a healthy diet can increase life expectancy by six to seven years in middle-aged adults. And in young adults, the life expectancy can increase by ten years.
After combining all the data, the researchers could see how life expectancy varied by increasing or decreasing the intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, dairy, eggs, red meat, processed meat, whole grains, nuts, sugary drinks and refined grains.
Good for the environment
Eating a healthy diet is good for the environment. Ultra-processed foods such as chicken nuggets, cakes, and deserts accumulate a lot of packaging waste. This packaging is made of plastic and takes hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.
These plastics release harmful substances and toxic gases into the atmosphere during the process.
The lesser you consume processed and ultra-processed food, the lesser will be their demand, and the packaging waste will also decrease. And ultimately, you will help the environment.
Simply put, living a healthy lifestyle makes you physically and mentally healthy and improves the surrounding environment. Better alternatives to ultra-processed foods are cooking at home and relying on fresh vegetables and fruits.
Your journey toward living a healthy lifestyle starts with taking baby steps because making drastic changes is neither possible, nor they sustain for a longer time.
Consider making goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound (have a timeline by which you should achieve them). When you focus on your goals, you can feel happy about moving gradually in the right direction and achieving milestones.
Ultimately, a healthy lifestyle can only be achieved if you are steadfast about your commitment and devoted to your goal. Follow the above tips and live a life full of health.
Hope you enjoyed the article and you got to learn some of the top benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle.