In such a busy world of fast food, to-go and TV’s, it’s no wonder people are seeking a balanced lifestyle. Luckily, there are several small changes you can make that will lead to better health, including getting more physical activity, eating more whole foods and taking time for yourself and your relationships.
Sedentary lifestyles can lead to several ailments including high cholesterol, diabetes, and certain cancers. Moving, whether the activity involves planned exercise like aerobics, or just taking a walk, benefits the body by burning calories and building lean muscle mass. Try to engage in physical activity that you genuinely enjoy. And, a workout partner or trainer might help to keep you accountable.
Food is such an important aspect of everything we do that it’s sometimes most difficult to adopt healthy eating habits. We celebrate a new life by eating when a child is born, we break bread with those who are grieving, treat our friends to lunch for their birthdays, and we celebrate weddings, anniversaries and retirements with sumptuous feasts.
Eating more whole foods provides essential nutrients. Fiber, found in many whole foods, can lower cholesterol and contribute to a healthy colon. Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamins A and C. Both vitamins are antioxidants that can protect the cells from damage. Iron, found in vegetables like dark leafy greens, helps build healthy blood. Potassium found in oranges, tomatoes and potatoes can help regulate blood pressure.
It’s okay to indulge sometimes though. On occasion, you need a day to relax and take care of your mind. But, make sure that you are consciously making a choice, rather than letting your emotions takeover. On these days, try to incorporate fun activities, or spend time with friends and family. And, make a meal at home that you love, even if it’s loaded with cheese!
It can be hard to find this life balance. But, it can lead to tremendous amounts of overall health benefits. How do you find balance?