The biggest health problems today are heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Many of these problems are caused by an our unhealthy lifestyles.
For optimal good health for your heart, mind and body here are some recommendations, supported by international health experts. If you have any concerns about making lifestyle changes, consult your physician.
Creating a habit of daily exercise is important for good health. A daily routine of at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise where your heart beats a bit faster and you get a little breathless is as important as daily brushing your teeth.
Aerobic exercise is good for the heart and it’s simple to introduce into your life. Walking, jogging, cycling, rowing machine, elliptical machine, swimming are all good options. If you don’t want to buy special equipment, a brisk walk10 minutes here and there during the day counts towards your daily quota.
Start simply: park further away from the supermarket or your office entrance. Take the stairs one or two flights instead of the elevator. If you take public transportation, get off one stop early and walk the rest. Go for a walk at lunchtinme, or walk with your family or friends after work. This will give you a chance to talk, de-stress and have fun.
Many diets contain too many saturated fats, sugar, salt and cholesterol. Ditch your fast-food and ready meals and replace them with home-made meals to include fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and olive oil. There are plenty of easy recipes online that don’t take much time or money to prepare. Creating healthy meals is a skill that you can improve and share with your family and friends. You will feel the benefits within your body within days. You’ll feel fitter, less tired and more comfortable in your clothes. You’ll probably also sleep better and feel less stressed.
Obesity is an increasing problem worldwide and is causing health problems across the generations as bad habits are picked up by children. Obesity affects the family and strains the health care system. Very simply, when you take in more calories than you burn, you get fat. If you are overweight, you need to eat less and you have to exercise more. Be honest with yourself: do alcohol or high-sugar snacks make up a lot of your calorie intake? Reduce or stop these. Set yourself realistic targets, aiming to lose 2 pounds a week. Aim to go for a walk, play football with the kids or take some exercise each day.