The General Good Condition of the Body And Mind
I was thinking about defining healthy living, the more thought I have given it - the more I have come to the conclusion that what one person might define as healthy someone else might not. So healthy living is personal, it does depend on where your starting point is, what your beliefs are and where you want to be.
Ideally to live healthy...
Weight - The ideal is to be in a healthy weight range (weight chart), but if you are slightly overweight, or very fit and overweight, it has been debated that you are just as healthy.
Exercise - NHS recommend 5 x 30 minutes of moderate intensive activity each week - walking fast/cycling on flat ground/hiking/water aerobics. Or 2 x 40 minutes of intensive activity - running/swimming fast/hill walking/cycling up hill/aerobics. As well as muscle strengthening activities at least x 2 each week - yoga/lifting weights/push ups/sit ups.
Sleep - Getting enough sleep helps you stay alert, reduces stress, bolsters your memory and helps your body repair its self. The amount of sleep needed for adults is between 6 and 9 hours per night. If you need some help on getting to sleep - Sleep better.
Relax your mind and body - Spending time allowing your whole self to recharge, digest, absorb and release the stresses of daily life. Meditating, finding your fun, managing time can all help.
These both cost the same to buy £1.00 - One takes more effort, what do you choose?
Eat a balanced diet - Live well.
Change bad habits - We all have our own journeys, but changing habits can be hard, but it's not impossible. Believe in yourself, set yourself small achievable goals and get support from others. Small steps, small changes and being consistent is the key to change. Being kind to yourself for any slip ups, and trying again the next day. Just keep trying!
Socialise - Connecting with others helps us reduce isolation, and through sharing our experiences with others it can help us reduce stress in our lives. 'People Need People' - Social studies have shown that our overall health and wellbeing is increased if we have loved ones, family and/or friends to care for us or for us to care for. Loving relationships and having strong emotional connections can increase life expectancy. Check out - Benefits of Social Interactions.
Learning - Helps satisfy a hungry mind. Develops new skills which can help improve future prospects, can help with self fulfilment and personal development.