Tips for Building a Healthy Lifestyle
Here are some tips to maintain a healthy weight and build a lifestyle that works for you.
One may be able to achieve and maintain a weight that is healthy for you by consuming well-balanced meals and beverages, and engaging in regular physical activity. Keeping one’s weight in check, getting enough rest, exercising and controlling stress may also help prevent various health issues. However, before you begin any new exercise regimen, speak with a healthcare practitioner, especially if you have any issues moving around or remaining firm on your feet, or if you easily become out of breath. You should also speak with a healthcare provider if you have a chronic disease like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, and/or a bone or joint problem like one in your back, knee, or hip that could get worse if you suddenly change your level of physical activity.
Being active may help in preventing significant health issues including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. Numerous health advantages are associated with regular physical activity, including:
- Lower blood pressure and blood glucose, or blood sugar
- Healthier bones, muscles and joints
- A stronger heart and lungs
- Improved mood and sleep
You go through a lot of changes as you age, therefore you might need to continuously make lifestyle adjustments. But, at any age, the key to good health can be healthy nutrition and regular exercise. Making the right lifestyle decisions may also help in preventing conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Building a healthy lifestyle starts from certain basic steps, and here is some advice to help get you started:
- Choose high-fibre foods such as fruits, beans, whole-grain breads and cereals, unsalted nuts and seeds, and vegetables in a variety of colours.
- Avoid fried foods as much as possible. Instead, pick those that can be grilled, broiled, or boiled.
- To keep your bones strong as you age, consume low-fat or fat-free milk, dairy products, or non-dairy options like soy, almond, rice, or other beverages with added vitamin D and calcium.
- Drink fluids all day long. As you age, you tend to feel less thirsty, but your body still requires fluids to be hydrated and maintain regularity. Consult your doctor about what, how much, and when to drink liquids if you struggle with bladder control. However, be mindful of what’s in these fluids—juices and sodas come loaded with added sugars, and coffee and tea are both dehydrating. Stick to plain water, or try infusing it with fresh herbs and fruits for some added flavour.
- Starting a new exercise regimen can be daunting—choose physical activities you actually enjoy and can maintain as a habit. Some people prefer group activities, so look for like-minded friends to join group classes with. Physical activity can also help release ‘feel-good’ chemicals called endorphins. This creates a feeling of positivity and can even reduce pain. To determine whether or how you can safely start or increase your physical activity, consult a healthcare expert.
- Stay connected with family, friends, and your community—this is vital for your mental health, which is an aspect many of us tend to overlook.
References: Works Cited
“Health Tips for Adults | NIDDK.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health information/weight-management/healthy-eating-physical-activity-for-life/health-tips-for-adults. Accessed 29 June 2022.
“Health Tips for Older Adults | NIDDK.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/healthy eating-physical-activity-for-life/health-tips-for-older-adults. Accessed 29 June 2022.
“Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition.” Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, https://health.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf Accessed 29 June 2022.
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