Live Healthily, Live Longer

Family-in-Kitchen_iStockKeeping fit and healthy can be a challenge if you have a long-term condition, but it will make a big difference to your emotional wellbeing, and could ease your physical symptoms, too. In this article, you will find an explanation as to why and how to make positive changes to your lifestyle. These changes include stopping smoking, losing weight, eating healthily or doing more exercise whether you are at work or at home.

To most people, ‘healthy living’ means a healthy balance of both physical and mental health. In many instances, physical health and mental health are closely linked, so that a change that is either good or bad in one directly affects the other. A well-balanced lifestyle is the key ingredient to a healthy life. Making a few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer. A recent study found that four bad behaviours – smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising, and not eating enough fruits and vegetables can push you into an early grave, and, in effect, age you by as many as 12 years. What you can do is to correct these and other unhealthy behaviours. Adopt some healthy living habits to keep your body looking and feeling young. Here are some golden rules to be followed:
Don’t overeat
If you want to live longer, eating less may be a good idea. It has been stated and found by authors, who study longevity around the world, that, in Japan the oldest of people were found to stop eating when they feel about 80% full. Researchers have confirmed that eating less helps you age slower. In a 2008 study, they found that limiting calories lowered production of T3, a thyroid hormone that slows metabolism and speeds up the aging process.

The food you eat can affect your health and your risk for certain diseases. To eat healthier food, you may need to change some of your daily habits. You may also need to change some things in your environment. Your environment includes everything around you, like your home or the place you work.
You don’t need to make huge changes to eat healthier. And, you don’t have to change your habits all at the same time. It is best to set small goals and
change your habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

(Read the full article from the September Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)

Author: SubEditor

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