When was the last time you stopped to think about your health? How would you rate your personal health awareness? Is there room for improvement? A few keys to a healthy lifestyle is to exercise, eat a balanced diet, manage your weight, and focus on your emotional health. Think about how well you’re doing in each of these areas, and consider some of the following suggestions to help you improve:
Step away from your computer, television, or gaming system and get moving. Studies show that only one-third of all adults get adequate amounts of exercise every day. Health professionals recommend exercising at least 30 minutes, 6 days a week. Find something that you enjoy to do. It could be walking, running, bicycling, swimming, a work-out video, or any other activity that you enjoy and gets your body moving. Try combining aerobic exercises with muscle-strengthening ones for the best results. If you struggle to stay motivated, join a group or enlist a friend. Talk to your primary care physician before beginning any exercise regimen to ensure that it will be safe for you to do.
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With fast food restaurants on every corner and calorie-packed junk food in abundance, it can be tempting to fill your diet with saturated fats, sodium, refined flour, and sugars. American adults consume well over the healthy amount of these things than they should be including in their diets.
Think about what you’re eating. Do you know the amount of calories that you should be consuming on a regular basis? Are you aware of the ingredients in your favorite foods? Your diet can greatly impact your health and risk for developing certain diseases.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, try to eat lots of different colors every day. Also, drink plenty of water. When thinking about your diet, don’t turn to the latest fad diet; choose a lifestyle change for your diet that will promote healthy eating throughout your life.
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Over 70-million adults in the United States are considered obese. As your weight increases, you’ll find that you have other health complications and risks for diseases. You may have hypertension or high cholesterol. You’re also at greater risk for developing certain types of cancer, heart disease, sleep apnea, and diabetes. Losing even 10% of your weight can greatly benefit your overall well-being. Not to mention that you’ll gain increased confidence in yourself and the way that you look. Talk to your doctor to create a plan to help you lose the weight and keep it off.
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Your emotional health can also impact your overall health. When you’re feeling depressed or overly stressed, you may notice your health declining. Work with a doctor to help you overcome any negative emotions that are holding you back from achieving the level of health that you want to have. If you’re stressed, learn stress reduction practices to help decrease your blood pressure and manage your stress levels.
As you assess your personal health awareness, ask yourself: how healthy do I feel? If you’re feeling unsatisfied, you should make a plan to improve at a pace that will keep you motivated.
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