How to Achieve Good Health



For a comfortable living, the importance of good health cannot be overstated. Inappropriate health makes us vulnerable to invasion by dangerous diseases and results in a shortened life span. The great news is that good health is fairly easy to achieve. All it requires is determination, drive and willingness to make small changes in your life style. To make the process of transition as painless as possible, it is best to start off slowly and implement small changes in phases.

The most important facet of good health is adequate exercise. Exercises help us achieve good health by strengthening our cardio-vascular system, strengthening our muscle mass and reducing the affect of stress on the body. To ensure that exercises do not appear to be chores, it is best to find exercises that you enjoy doing rather than those that you dread. For those who prefer to be outdoors, trekking, hiking, jogging or running may be the appropriate exercise to take up. On the other hand, for those who enjoy swimming, membership to a local pool may be the answer.

In addition to the traditional approaches to exercise, there are some alternative forms of exercise that you may find beneficial. Yoga is increasing in popularity.  Yoga is a form of exercise that helps to strengthen your body, helps you lose weight, and is great as a stress reliever. Pilates is a similar alternative and works with the core strength of your abdominals. It doesn't matter where your interests lie, you are sure to find an exercise that suits you.

Poor eating habits are a precursor to poor health.  Healthy eating is very important in achieving and maintaining good health. Those who have poor eating habits should slowly change by taking steps such as adding a small salad to your dinner, or a piece of fruit for dessert rather than ice cream. The aim is to slowly change the eating habits by making sure that the bulk of what you consume is nutritious and full of vitamins and minerals. Moderation in what ever you do is the key to success.

Staying away from over-processed foods is a great idea. Many people love the convenience of pre-packaged frozen foods that they can just pop in the microwave for a few minutes and have a "complete" meal.

As a healthier choice, try making several nutritious meals on Sunday night and freezing portions of it. This way you have the convenience of fast meals but you also know what's gone into them. Just by making small changes such as this you can be eating healthier in no time.

If you smoke or drink excessively then your good health depends on you quitting these habits. A few drinks now and again are fine, and small amounts of red wine are actually good for you, but there is no such exception for smoking. If you smoke, go talk to your doctor about quitting immediately. Smoking is dangerous to your health and to those around you. The sooner you quit the sooner your body can begin to repair the years of damage you've done.

Good health is easy to achieve but you need to make changes in your diet and lifestyle now. Start by walking up the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator. Or swap that hamburger and fries you were going to have for lunch for a wrap and a salad. Small changes are the best way to start and by doing it now you can enjoy good health well into your golden years.

Debbie Piltin is the owner and operator of FF Health, the #1 source on the internet for information about health. For more articles on health visit:
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