Sunday, March 31, 2013

Live Longer And Healthier: Here's How

Living a healthy lifestyle - that's what most of us want right? People who are concerned about their health and wellbeing are smart enough to know it's only by adopting healthy habits would we be able to live our lives to the fullest. Taking the steps even baby steps towards healthier living is better than doing nothing at all. Here's how you can work on to live a longer and healthier life.

Exercise, exercise, exercise

It's true that sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest problems America is facing today. Everyone knows how important physical activity is and yet, people avoid it like plague. They make all sorts of excuses not to exercise. Some of the most common alibis include I'm too busy, I'm already thin so I don't need exercise, I don't have any space at home to exercise, I can't enroll in a gym because it's too expensive, and I'm too lazy to get off the couch.

The truth is, there's no excuse valid enough (other than medical condition) to make it all right for you to not to exercise. Even the busiest people have at least 30 minutes every day to devote to physical activity. Moderate activities like gardening, chores, and walking can be considered as moving around. You don't have to spend tons of money in a fitness center to get moving.

Physical activity can reduce risks of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes, improve stability of the joints, increase flexibility and strength, maintain bone mass, prevent bone problems, and improve mood while reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Maintain a healthy diet

Exercise without proper diet is useless. You need to have a healthy diet to improve your lifestyle. This will not only improve your weight management but also improve the quality of your life as you grow old. Use these tips to make small changes in how you eat.

- Eat more fruits. Add fruits to your cereal, salads, and desserts. Instead of devouring on fat-laden desserts, try making a fruit cocktail and chill it after topping with low fat cream.

- Eat more vegetables. Whenever possible, add veggies to the dishes you're cooking. For example, top your pizza with pepper and corn, add broccoli in the pasta sauce, or insert a slice of tomato or cucumber inside your sandwich. You can also snack on vegetables sticks and low-fat dressing.

- Limit sodium, sugar and fats. Stay away from foods that are high in sodium (processed meats and canned food products), fats (meat, fried foods, and saturated oils), and sugar (pastries, cake, ice cream). Instead, go for foods that are high vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Maintain healthy habits

When it comes to healthy habits, there are four major things that you have to keep in mind. First, get adequate sleep. Second, reduce your stress levels. Third, stop smoking. And fourth, drink alcohol moderately.

Even if you have critical illness insurance and your critical illness coverage is sufficient, don't take risks. It's very good that you're prepared by having insurance coverage but you should keep in mind these tips for healthy living.

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