Living a Healthy Lifestyle is so Important
Published on: December 30, 2021

Published By: Southwest Physical Therapy

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To some people, being healthy is being able to adhere to a weekly exercise schedule or even being able to play with the grandkids. Others define health as living a life that is free of disease. It’s because, depending on the person, living a healthy lifestyle can mean something different.  To achieve your optimal physical and mental wellbeing, it is a fundamental component to live a healthy lifestyle even if the meaning of healthy can vary between people.                                   


A study published in “Age and Ageing,” in March 2003, found that when we engage in habits that are unhealthy  –  such as physical inactivity, smoking, and a diet of poor quality  —  our risk increases for premature decline in our health and death. The leading determinants of your quality of life and level of health are physical activity and diet, even as there are many factors that make a contribution to your overall health. For weight management, it is necessary to follow a nutritious diet of healthy fats, fruits, whole grains, lean meats and vegetables. Energy levels can also be maintained throughout the day with a balanced diet. Weight gain can lead to a plethora of chronic conditions yet can be prevented with regular physical activity that includes a variety of strength-building and aerobic exercises. In addition, a healthy life can be enjoyed by sticking to good lifestyle habits like limiting alcohol intake and not smoking. To achieve a healthy lifestyle, it is also important to get a proper amount of sleep each day to allow your body to fully rest.

Prevention of Diseases 

A sedentary lifestyle is a prominent cause for chronic diseases. Fortunately, when most days of the week you indulge in physical activity many of these conditions are manageable and can be prevented when you’re also mindful of your lifestyle choices and of the food you eat. Your risk of developing diabetes is also impacted by Your diet. In March 2001,  The New England Journal of Medicine published a hallmark 16-year study that found that, compared to people with higher BMIs 1, participants of the study had a significantly lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes when they maintained a body mass index of 25 or less. Added pounds are what it will quickly lead to when you consume processed foods and diets high in sugar and saturated fat. Your risk for arthritis, high blood pressure, and cancers of certain forms increases when you are overweight.

Mental Health

A significant role is played in maintaining your health when you learn how to deal with stress effectively. “Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine,” published a September 2012 article where it was concluded by its authors that, especially in women, low levels of stress are promoted when you lead a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity. Stress levels can be kept low when you find ways that help you handle daily pressures and release anxiety. Some people find it helps them prepare for the day ahead mentally when they do breathing techniques or participate in yoga each morning. It may help improve the quality of your sleep if you reflect thoughtfully for a few minutes before going to bed. And regular exercise helps your brain’s ability to memorize things and to learn.


Not only does your quality of life improve when you focus on a healthy lifestyle, but years may be added by it as well. It was concluded in an article published in June 2002 by the American Journal of Public Health that 1 to 4 years are added to your life expectancy when you quit smoking before you are 65 years of age, while quitting at age 35 adds 6 to 8 years to your life. Your lifespan might increase and all aspects of your life can be balanced effectively by you when you are mindful of your stress levels, physical activity, and diet. Treatment of medical conditions and early detection are aided when regular physical examinations are maintained. Lifestyle habits that contribute to a healthier and longer life can additionally be recommended by your doctor.

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