Best Reasons to Stay Healthy

Best Reasons to Stay HealthyA lot of people will tell you that getting in shape, boosting your health or cutting back on the amount of calories you take in every day are all good things. Those same people often fail to explain exactly why cutting back on foods or ramping up on activity are good options for someone trying to get healthy. That stops here. In my experience, these are the best reasons to stay healthy. Naturally, they might be even better reasons for some readers, or not even valid for others, so feel free to share comments below.

  1. Improving your longevity is a basic benefit of increasing physical activity levels. Healthier people tend to live longer than those who aren’t in the best health, so this should be pretty simple here. Strong muscles can do more work than weak ones, strong immune systems can better fight off infections than weak ones, and the list of benefits just rolls right along. This is a top reason to stay healthy and often the driving factor behind people who begin weight loss programs.
  2. Reducing healthcare costs goes hand in hand with improving the length of your life. If you get sick less often, if you get injured less often, then you get hit with those massive medical bills less often too. While getting into peak physical condition might not be a major draw for many who start exercising, I think the majority of those who are in poor health would agree that saving money anywhere is a good thing.
  3. Not only do you feel better in better health, but you tend to look better too. There is less sagging as gravity loses its hold on folds of fat, and I don’t think this reason really needs any explanation. Just look at a few of the people you pass by the next time you’re out getting groceries, visiting the library of performing some other regular task. Would you rather look like the huge, obese and out of shape ones, or the trim, fit and healthy ones?
  4. If you’re a man, then better physical health will most likely lead to better sex as well. High blood pressure and other blood woes which come with being significantly overweight manifest differently in males than in females. Guys will certainly notice when they begin getting erections less often, or can’t maintain the erections they do get like they normally could. An improved sex life is certainly a good reason to stay healthy, but it’s not nearly the only one.
  5. Improved mental health is another good reason to elevate your physical health too. With the increased blood flow which comes naturally with lowering your blood pressure and improving your circulation with things like regular exercise, you are getting more oxygen moving to your brain every minute of every day. It might not be immediately apparent, but try measuring your reaction times before you start exercising and after you’ve gotten into shape. You may be surprised by what you see.
  6. There is a certain kind of confidence which accompanies being in top physical condition. Now, I’m not saying that you need to be exercising an hour a day, five days a week, doing full contact drills or other physically strenuous stuff. It’s possible to get fit and feel better about yourself while putting in significantly less effort than professional athletes do. For a real boost in confidence, there are few better options than ditching some extra pounds.

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Benefits of Right Diet Plan

Benefits of Right Diet PlanLots of health professionals and fitness experts recommend people pick up a diet plan and stop just eating the first thing that looks good. That’s good advice, since calorie intake has a big part to play in whether people are putting on weight or dropping it at the end of any given day. However, what are the benefits of the right diet plan, really? How does one’s life improve when they make the conscious choice to eat a few less fatty, sugary treats and more of the fruits and vegetables their bodies are looking for?

When you get right down to it, a person’s level of health is measured by a series of numbers. You’re probably familiar with the weight or mass measurements, but what about blood pressure, or pulse readings, or protein or lipid counts in the blood, or even antibody and white blood cell counts? All of these are measured through numbers too, but most of us don’t have the proper equipment sitting at home to measure these health indicators. That’s why getting to a doctor or other physician is as important as changing the foods you eat.

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Why Physical Activity is Important

Why Physical Activity is ImportantI’ve heard it before in the past. “Why should I get active? I’m just going to die eventually anyhow. What’s the point?” If it’s not a line eerily similar to that one, it’s something nearly identical that just looks a little different anyhow. That kind of hopeless, nihilistic attitude can certainly stop people from taking the necessary steps to improve their physical fitness levels. It’s a defeatist’s way of looking at the world, and like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

There is more than enough research surrounding the subject that books could be written about physical activity and why it is important. Certainly, books have been written, dozens and perhaps even hundreds, but that doesn’t mean people are reading them. How could you expect folks to go looking for that sort of information, if they truly feel like the person I’ve outlined up above? You can’t. Since they won’t go looking for the information of their own volition, it’s up to you to tell them and other people about why physical activity is important.

Here are just a few facts and figures for you, all of which are easy enough to verify. It’s been medically certified that those who perform regular physical activity get:

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Why Sitting Can Be Bad for Your Health

Why Sitting Can Be Bad for Your HealthThere are many things we all know we shouldn’t do, because they’re liable to hurt us. Smoking, for instance, is something nobody should be doing – cigarettes are loaded with hundreds of different chemicals, packed with carcinogens and pretty much guaranteed to decrease the user’s quality of life if used as directed. Overeating is another thing we all know we shouldn’t do, thanks to concerns like diabetes, heart disease and other very real consequences. However, there’s one thing thousands of people do every day which could be hurting them just as badly as the two things I’ve already mentioned.

What is it, you may ask? I’ll tell you. People who sit at a desk, or behind a counter, or on a phone taking calls all day are all at a greater risk of picking up various health problems than those who work in more physically active jobs. This especially concerns guys who work in the IT industry, because managing and designing complex tasks which are part of their normal work days can be very time consuming.

Sitting for hours at a stretch, whether at work or at home, is not a healthy behavior. Thankfully, it’s a behavior which is easy to correct with a minimal amount of effort. All you need to do is get up and move around a few times throughout the day. This can be just to stretch or jog in place, or even to go to the bathroom; the why really doesn’t matter. What matters is improving circulation, reducing the odds of developing blood clots and stopping that sedentary style of doing things.

This isn’t like picking up an exercise regimen, or devoting an hour a day to improving your physical fitness level. It’s just getting up and walking, lifting your legs, moving your body, that sort of thing. It’s easy enough that anyone can do it, but it’s shocking how many people still spend 2, 4, 6 or even 8 hours in a row, in a seat, without getting up once within that time frame.

If you do a lot of traveling by air, then you’ve no doubt heard about blood clots and embolisms caused by sitting mostly still for several hours at a stretch. It’s pretty much exactly the same for those working desk jobs, without all the airport security hassles. While it’s kind of hard to get up and engage your body on an airplane in flight, it is rather easy to do so in an office building or other grounded venue.

When I have to sit at a computer or otherwise be still for any length of time, I can’t help but want to get up. It’s like I can feel my blood flow slowing, and I can also feel it speeding up at those times when I get out of my chair and just move. Because such a simple and easy act can potentially save you from so much trouble, I recommend everyone spend a little less time sitting and a little more time standing every day.