How to Improve your Health - 2

Little Lifestyle Changes can make a Big Difference

Continuing with the list of things you can do to Improve Your Health...

Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is critical to improving your health. You don't have to be as thin as a rail - this is actually just as unhealthy as being overweight - you just need to keep the excess in check.

It all begins with attitude. Start by changing how you feel about yourself, your body and your eating habits. Change to a can do attitude where you start to do what's right for you. Simple moderate exercise, eating a healthy breakfast (no skipping allowed), reducing your calorie intake by not taking just one more are all small things we can do to get in better health by being at a better weight.

Don't go for the fad diets that don't work or at best get you to lose weight for a while but then just put it back on later. A slow and steady change will help you lose the weight and keep it off and it will be much healthier for you. Get plenty of whole foods, protein and drink lots of water.

Really the best advice I can think of is to avoid the processed foods full of extra sugar and toxins and go for the one ingredient foods - apple, tomato, water, you get the idea.

Water is critical to the health and wellness of your body. It helps rid you of toxic build up and it is needed for normal cell processes to work. Another side effect of water is that it can make you feel full without adding the calories so you will eat less.

Exercise

Exercise is very important to maintaining and improving your health. It has been linked to cancer prevention, reduction of osteoporosis, helping with depression, lowering the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and of course obesity and weight control. It can also help with cognitive functions – meaning you can think more clearly and work more efficiently.

Exercise makes most of us think of joining a gym or having to run several miles everyday. This is just not the case. You can keep it very simple and still achieve benefits. Walking is one of the best exercises out there. It is simple, easy on the joints, doesn't cost us a lot of money and it can be done pretty much anywhere. To get a benefit from walking, you just need to make sure that it is aerobic. That means you want to walk at a pace that leaves you feeling "warm and slightly out of breath". One good way to start is the 5 out 5 back plan. Just walk 5 minutes away from the house and then you are force to walk 5 minutes back. Increase the time out as your health and fitness increase.

Resistance training is also a great choice. This helps to build muscle. Muscle uses more calories than fat so it boosts your metabolism. If two people weigh the same amount but one is 30% fat and the other 15%, the 15% person will have more muscle. Which means they could maintain or lose weight eating the same amount that would cause the 30% person to gain.

Stress Management

Most of us live with some type of stress everyday. It has just become part of our lives. It has also become one reason we don't always feel our best and why we are susceptible to feeling run down and 'sick'.

Stress can use up your bodies supply of essential nutrients like Vitamin B or Vitamin C. Your body can't produce or store Vitamin C and stress can deplete what is in your system in as little as 10 minutes.

Reducing stress can help now and our long term health. Stress keeps our bodies from functioning at their best and slowly wears on us. Find ways to relax, to have that 'me' time where the pressures of the day can be pushed aside.

Try to simplify your life. Our world has become so fast paced and 'in your face' and 'do it now' that we just don't have time to sit and watch the clouds or the rain or….

One simple way to gain a little sanity is to disconnect from the fast pace, try just turning off the cell phone. Just leave it behind for an hour.

But, no matter how much we work on getting rid of the stresses in our life there will always be something that causes us stress. Luckily, there are ways to help us overcome the stress nutritionally.

Avoiding Toxins

With all of our advances and science and technology, man has come up with many great things to improve the quality of life. However, we are learning that some of these things that were developed to improve life actually produce side affects that can hurt us and our health - now and in the future.

The EPA has warned that indoor air pollution is more of a concern than the pollution we find outside. Many cleaners as well as skin and beauty products actually contain harmful toxins. There are companies out there that do produce green cleaners that are safe for people and for the environment. Read labels and know what your beauty and cleaning products contain.

We have created a toxic wasteland called our modern lifestyle.

One of the best ways to maintain your health is to wash your hands. We touch so many different things with our hands. Things that might have been cleaned with toxins or touched by something unhealthy will transfer the nasty stuff to you as you touch them and then touch around your eyes or mouth.

Adequate Sleep

Giving your body the sleep it requires is a great way to keep it healthy. During sleep your body regenerates and rejuvenates. It is absolutely imperative to get enough sleep, but getting more doesn't always mean you are getting better quality sleep. A good sleep program can improve your life in so many ways.

Quit Smoking

Despite the many warnings and the known health risks smoking is still prevalent around the world. Quitting this habit can not only improve your health drastically and improve your chances of preventing future disease; it can relieve you of a financial burden. Just think if you applied all the money you spend on cigarettes on healthy nutritional supplements how much you could increase your health and wellness.

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