As we age, our priorities shift and we end up regretting the things we once took for granted. For most people, wellness is at the top of a long list of regrets. More often than not, health is a topic that most of us just skirt over because we think we’re doing fine as long as we do the bare minimum.
This might come off as a shocker, but there’s actually more to a healthy lifestyle than just your regular dieting. To be ‘healthy’ means to make conscious choices that promote growth for the physical, mental, and social aspects of your life.
As an effect, healthy living offers more than just a sought-after weight loss.
Case in point, here are a few out of the hundreds of benefits provided by a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle
- A Boost in Energy
When you wake up, do you ever get a hazy and sluggish feeling that prevents you from thinking sharply and sometimes lasts all throughout the day? There’s actually a term for that inexplicable sensation – it’s called brain fog.
Usually, brain fog is caused by an alarming increase in sugar intake or by not getting enough sleep.
However, when you eat a balanced diet, your body receives enough fuel to manage your energy levels. In the same way, sleeping at the right schedule with the right number of hours can aid in the recharging of our system.
- Better Mental Health
Any form of physical activity promotes the production of endorphins, which are our ‘happy hormones’. Studies have also shown that regular exercise can have a profound impact on depression, ADHD, and anxiety. Additionally, it also helps relieve stress.
While others cannot seem to get that ‘runner’s high’ type of satisfaction from exercise, seeing progress already goes a long way. In a sense, it helps boost one’s confidence and self-esteem, all the while promoting a healthier body image.
- Disease Prevention
We’ve all heard it from our Health classes in school time and time again, but we never really understood how disease prevention works. So to sum it up, if you take care of yourself through a well-rounded lifestyle, you will be able to keep high cholesterol and blood sugar levels at bay. In turn, when these things are balanced, it allows the blood to flow smoothly and thus decreases any chance of blockage or the risk of heart disease.
- Stronger Bones and Teeth
Cereals and green vegetables are a staple in the healthy living menu. Coincidentally, they are abundant in calcium as well as magnesium. These minerals fortify our bones are prevent the onset of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and other bone-related ailments common to an aging person.
You might not appreciate your stature yet, but time will come when the only thing standing between you and your ability to execute menial tasks is a strong bone foundation. When that day comes, thank your leafy greens.
- Improved Memory
Exercising three or more times a week has been linked to a lower risk for dementia. On the other hand, research on women has shown that lower saturated fat intake (e.g. from read meat and butter) helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Overall, we are encouraged to keep a routine and do everyday habits in order to sharpen our memory.