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You want to maintain good health, but are you still asking yourself “What is a healthy lifestyle?” Healthy living is combining a healthy diet, exercise and a positive attitude into your daily life. You may look and feel better, become stronger and more flexible, have more energy, and reduce stress and tension. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
But lifestyle changes can be hard to accomplish, especially if you’re trying to do it all at once. If you want to develop a healthier lifestyle, you should set yourself up for success. You can do that by setting smart goals.
One way to get started is by focusing on three major aspects of a healthy lifestyle: Healthy eating, positive thinking and regular physical activity. So, let’s look at all three, how they benefit your health, and how you can start implementing each into your daily routine.
Losing weight is typically one of the most common reasons men and women decide that they want to live a healthier lifestyle. But when it comes to lasting weight loss, research shows you're better off making small, consistent changes rather than aiming for a major diet or lifestyle overhaul.
Researchers at Harvard University say that you should start with high-quality, minimally processed foods such as vegetables and fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and healthy sources of protein. In short, the foods recommended in the Healthy Eating Plate, or a heart-healthy diet like the Mediterranean Diet.
For those seeking the “perfect” one-size-fits-all diet, there isn’t one! The great news is that everyone can follow The Healthy Eating Plate guidelines and choose healthy, flavorful foods to create a diet that works best for them.
Good thoughts lead to good health. In fact, there are a number of studies that support the benefits of positive thinking and the effect it has on your overall health and longevity.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the perks of positivity include:
A positive attitude can serve you well by helping you better manage stress. When something doesn’t go right, positive thinkers are able to easily deal with the problem and start looking for another solution.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle goes beyond eating well and getting enough sleep. Regular physical activity is a key component. To make physical activity a regular part of your day, find things that you like doing, and look for ways to implement them. For example:
And keep this in mind, what’s good for your heart is also good for your brain. Exercise improves blood flow and memory; it stimulates chemical changes in the brain that enhance learning, mood and thinking.
The updated physical activity guidelines for Americans state any movement that gets your heart rate up, even just a little bit, is beneficial. And as you can see, there are a lot of easy exercises for you to try, but start by talking to your doctor first.
For more information on the updated physical activity guidelines for Americans, check out our guide “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.” Inside you’ll find more ways to ease yourself into an exercise routine and learn how hard you should be exercising to see results.