The most important facet of good health is adequate exercise. Exercises help us achieve good health by strengthening our cardio-vascular system, strengthening our muscle mass and reducing the affect of stress on the body. To ensure that exercises do not appear to be chores, it is best to find exercises that you enjoy doing rather than those that you dread. For those who prefer to be outdoors, trekking, hiking, jogging or running may be the appropriate exercise to take up. On the other hand, for those who enjoy swimming, membership to a local pool may be the answer.
There are many alternative forms of exercise that you may find beneficial. Yoga is a very popular form of exercise that helps to strengthen your body, helps you lose weight, and is great as a stress reliever. Pilates is also very poplar and deals with the core strength of your abdominals. No matter what your interests are, you are sure to find an exercise that interests you.
Another essential part of achieving and maintaining good health is changing eating habits to a healthy eating style. Poor eating habits sometimes seem like an especially daunting task - most people try to completely change what they eat. Instead of a radical change, try starting off slowly with something simple, such as adding a small salad to your dinner, or try a piece of fruit or cheese for dessert rather than ice cream. You don't need to eliminate all junk foods entirely, but if you make an effort to only eat them in moderation and make sure the bulk of what you consume is nutritious and full of vitamins and minerals, you'll move a long way towards healthy eating.
One thing to work towards eliminating in your diet is over- processed foods. Some people rely upon the convenience of pre-packaged frozen foods that they can just pop in the microwave for a few minutes and create a "complete" meal.
A healthier approach would be to make several nutritious meals on Sunday night and freeze portions of it. This way you still maintain the convenience of fast meals but you also know what ingredients are used in the preparation. By making small changes to your life you can be eating healthier in no time.
Excessive smoking or drinking is certainly detrimental to your good health. It's okay to occasionally imbibe, a few drinks once in a while are fine, and small amounts of red wine are actually good for you, but there is no such exception for smoking. If you smoke, go talk to your doctor to discuss a smoking cessation program. Smoking endangers your health and the health of those around you. The sooner you quit smoking, the faster your body can begin to repair the years of damage.
Good health is easy to achieve but you need to make changes in your diet and lifestyle now. Start by walking up the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator. Or swap that hamburger and fries you were going to have for lunch for a wrap and a salad. Small changes are the best way to start and by doing it now you can enjoy good health well into your golden years.
By Debbie Piltin