Healthy Behaviors for a Healthier Lifestyle
Daily habits like the foods you eat, the time you go to sleep and how much activity you get throughout the day have a significant influence on your health. Each of these behaviors positively or negatively affects you and dictates the overall state of your health.
Developing a healthy lifestyle is about more than just focusing on habits that address a specific health problem. By devoting your time to healthy behaviors every day, you can ensure that your whole body stays as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
A healthy lifestyle can affect multiple aspects of your health, including:
- Your ability to maintain a healthier weight level
- The aging process, including how your mental and physical health change with age
- Your risk of developing chronic disease
Developing healthier lifestyle habits can initiate permanent change in your life. Depending on your current wellness level, certain behaviors can reverse the onset of disease, increase your energy levels and improve your mood.
What does it take to live a Healthy Lifestyle?
Adopting a healthier lifestyle requires fundamental change to several aspects of your life. This isn’t a temporary shift. To become healthier, you’ll have to commit to a collection of:
- Psychological Changes
- Behavioral Changes
- Dietary Changes
You may not realize the way your everyday actions are affecting your health. The first step to making healthy lifestyle changes is identifying your current habits. Then, you can take steps to replace poor habits with more positive behaviors.
Here are several aspects of your lifestyle that might be influencing your health:
- Nutrition habits: The foods we eat have a direct influence on the health of our bodies. Instead of eating to feel full, focus on eating to increase your energy levels, benefit your digestive health and improve your overall health.
- Hydration habits: To maintain good health you have to drink plenty of water. A daily minimum of 3 liters (14 cups) of fluid is recommended for men and 2.2 liters (9 cups) for women. Try drinking water instead of sodas or juices throughout the day.
- Physical activity: Staying physically active can help you maintain a healthy weight and body composition, reducing the risk of weight-related medical conditions. It can also help you maintain the health of your muscles, bones and joints with age.
- Stress management: Stress triggers a survival response that can help us in the short-term but become damaging if it persists for a prolonged period. Learning how to control stress can help you retain your mental and physical health.
- Sleeping habits: The amount of sleep you get every night dictates your energy level, feelings of mental alertness and ability to maintain a healthy weight level. Try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night.
- Daily supplements: Vitamins, nutrients and herbs are big supporters of health and wellness. Taking supplements and managing your health through detoxification and other treatment methods can encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Have a look at your current habits, and consider ways that you can make changes in your life in respect to the areas outlined above. It only takes three weeks to create a healthy habit. By focusing on small behavior changes you can make substantial change in your life and work towards developing a healthier lifestyle.