Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

By: JohnBarnes

How does one maintain a healthy lifestyle? At first glance, the question seems simple enough. But try asking up to 20 persons that question, and chances are the answers you’ll get will depend on who you ask, especially what part of the world the person comes from. Sure, everybody wants to enjoy good health. But good health means different things to different persons. Some think that good health simply means the absence of illness. But others believe it goes deeper than that. So really, only you can say what good health means to you based on where you live and your peculiar circumstances in life.

Nevertheless, much of what will guarantee you a healthy lifestyle begins with you. Yes, someone once said that a healthy lifestyle begins even before a person is born-right from conception. There’s some merit in that assertion too. After all, health experts identify environment, lifestyle, and GENETICS as the three pillars on which our health rests. So we cannot totally rule out the impact that hereditary factors (genetics) can play in the health status of an individual.

But whereas the last factor on that list is beyond your control, there is a lot you can do to maintain a healthy, prosperous lifestyle by controlling the other two factors-your environment and your lifestyle. In fact even in the case of inherited ailments, research has shown that with sensible changes in lifestyle and the environment, a lot can be done to manage certain inherited diseases like diabetics, asthma, and the like.

So it all comes down to how you live, your lifestyle. Very few persons, if any, have ever achieved good health by chance. A healthy and Prosperous life requires deliberate efforts on your part. The more efforts you put into it, the more health benefits you’ll reap.

Where do you begin? For starters, try to eliminate cigarettes, refined sugars, saturated fats, and excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. We know that so-called health experts often contradict themselves when it comes to what constitutes inordinate consumption of some of these items. But the regularity with which these things have been fingered in a number of health problems suggests that anybody who takes their health seriously should watch how they use these things. And in the case of cigarettes, there’s simply no safe amount!

Also limit your exposure to chemical-based household cleansing preparations as well as personal care products-air fresheners, deodorants, tooth pastes, shampoos, etc. If you must use any of these, it’s better to go for natural alternatives-such as those produced by food and nutrition companies and distributed through network marketing.

Additionally, regardless of your occupation, avoid an overly sedentary lifestyle. Try and engage in activities that make you break some sweat. Exercise is good for nearly all parts of your body-your heart, muscles, bone mass, complexion, as well as your general physique. You may consider joining a fitness group to keep you motivated and consistent. And as much as possible, try remove or reduce stressful situations from your life. Stress is a great enemy of good health.

In deed, it is only when we are healthy that we feel it’s good to be alive. Only then can we carry on with daily activities. But good health will not happen by chance. You’ll have to work to achieve it and maintain it. But you’ll agree that any effort made to keep you healthy is well worth it.