For the most part, health problems don’t arise over night, they develop over a period of time as our bad habits slowly catch up with us.
Bad habits can come in the form of unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and stress, amongst others. However, all of these are preventable and often reversible and general health can be vastly improved by reducing stress levels, taking up regular exercise and implementing good eating habits.
So, what can we do to help ourselves maintain good health?
Exercise in the form of weight bearing or resistance exercises will help maintain important muscle mass and enhance every day activities as well as preventing injury. It’s really important for us to keep muscles functioning in to old age, as the risk of falls and injury becomes greater.
Eating healthily runs alongside exercise and combining the two will get you maximum benefit. Reduce your intake of unhealthy saturated fats, sugar and salt and create good habits by cooking from scratch and ditching processed foods that are high in sugar and salt. Know what you’re eating and what’s in your food! How many of us have looked at the ingredients on the packet and not known what they are?
Stress plays a huge part in ill health these days as our lives are busier and more stressful than ever. Short-term effects of stress can be anxiety, depression, headaches and insomnia but more importantly long term stress increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, leading to serious health problems.
So, to sum up, the answer to keeping ourselves as healthy as possible….be mindful of what you do with your body and what you put in it!
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