There are many choices we make every day. These choices affect our lives and sometimes the lives of others. If we make good, smart decisions, we can be healthier. Below are 10 general tips that will help you lead a healthier lifestyle:
- A healthy, sensible diet that includes more fresh foods and fiber (fruits and vegetables) and fewer fatty foods (sweets, fast food, chips, and other fried foods) can make a big improvement in your health.
Engage in Physical Activity
- Get moving. Any physical activity is beneficial to your overall health and can help prevent or delay life-threatening diseases like heart attack and stroke. Simple things you can do are take a daily walk or take the stairs instead of the elevator, go swimming, or start dancing as a hobby.
- Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Smoking leads to or contributes to chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, different types of cancers and many more diseases.
- Stress is part of life, and we all have different levels of stress in our lives. What is important though, is how each of us reacts to and copes with stress. You must find what works best for you. Some people exercise to relieve stress, while some people have special ways to relax like reading or playing with pets.
- Fluid is a necessity of life. Water makes up about 55 to 75 percent of our bodies. We can lose two to four cups of water every day just by the act of breathing! Fluids to replenish our body's needs come from water and beverages as well as the foods we eat. Make it a habit to drink plenty of fluids especially when exercising, working or playing in the heat, or traveling.
Get Plenty of Sleep
- Sleep has an affect on your immune system, helps you look better, and increases your concentration level.
- Seat belts save over 10,000 lives in America every year and are the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic accidents. The simple act of buckling the seat belt each time you get into your car will go a long way to prevent injury and death for you and your family. To take it one step further, wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury while riding a bicycle by 85 percent.
Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Excessive alcohol intake can lead to cancer, liver disease and alcoholism. Based on current dietary guidelines, moderate drinking for women is defined as an average of one drink or less per day. Moderate drinking for men is defined as an average of two drinks per day
Wash Your Hands
- Handwashing is one of the best steps you can take to stay healthy by stopping the spread of germs. Handwashing alone can result in fewer sick days due to respiratory illness and upset stomach.
Learn to Think Positively
- The health benefits of thinking positively include decreased stress, a stronger immune system, a reduced risk of coronary artery disease, and living longer!