Good nutrition and physical activity along with maintaining a healthy weight are all the key components of health and wellness. These all help reduce chronic illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.
I have hypothyroid which makes me feel tired and sluggish at times. I have to maintain a healthy weight to have energy to complete my daily goals. I eat a healthy balanced diet, do aerobic exercise and walk each day to stay active.
What is health and wellness?
Being healthy is eating a balanced diet every day and being active. You need to eat to live not live to eat. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and fiber are all part of a healthy diet. You also need physical activity in your life. Walking, aerobic exercise, biking, swimming, light weights all are benefits of exercise. If you follow these health tips and maintain a healthy weight you have more energy and can live longer and not live sick.
Being healthy isn’t all about counting calories or exercising for hours a day. It isn’t starving yourself on only water and celery for days and weeks. It is good nutrition, getting fresh air and moving throughout the day.
How to get started with health and wellness
You need to take baby steps to get healthy for life. Start by drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water each day. Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Get outside and take a walk. Get a restful sleep each night. I am here to help you through the baby steps.
Once you start eating healthy, get outside and take a walk. If you aren’t active, walk for 15 minutes. Add 5 minutes each day until you can walk a half hour and not be out of breathe. Build up to 1 mile and keep adding on until you can walk 10,000 steps or 5 miles a day.
5 Tips to succeed in getting healthy
- Write down your daily menu – breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner
- Drink a glass of water a half hour before each meal to fill you up so you don’t overeat
- Add a fruit or veggie to each meal
- Walk 20 – 30 minutes each day
- Serving size! Take a serving size and put it on a plate, put the bag away so you won’t over indulge in that bag of chips.
Common questions about health and wellness
Why should I exercise regularly?
Exercise can help your overall health and reduce risk of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It can help blood flow to your brain and muscles.
How much physical activity should I do each week?
Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes a day of moderate aerobic activity. Vigorous aerobic activity 3 days a week. Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week and 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week. Walking is great but combine it with aerobic-type workout and strength-type workouts regularly for maximum health benefits.
How can I start eating healthier?
- choose whole foods instead of processed
- stay away from sugary drinks
- eat more fish
- eat nuts and seeds
- whole grain bread instead of white bread
- use a smaller plate
- serving size
- eat the rainbow (colorful fruits and veggies)
Why is drinking water so important for your health?
Water is important for all body functions including digestion. It helps you eat less when you are trying to lose weight. It provides hydration without added calories. It helps boost your metabolism and is an appetite suppressant. healthy-habit-hydration
The last thing you need to know about health and wellness
Good nutrition and physical activity are important for your body to be healthy. Take it one healthy habit at a time and you will be successful.
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.Anonymous
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