For every healthy lifestyle there are three foundations that help to elevate every other part: being active, diet and resting. These three combine forces to provide a well-adjusted, strong body, mind and spirit.
Regular physical activity has many health benefits of both the immediate and long-term variety and remains one of the best things you can do for your health. Not only does it provide lower increase for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, it also controls stress and boosts the cognitive functions of older people. Essentially, it helps the body perform better and function more acutely. It doesn’t even require rigorous activities, just 30 minutes per day.
The rising epidemic of obesity is attributed to the increasingly reduced part that physical activity plays in the average person’s life in America. According to a 2010 study by the American Journal of Epidemiology, too much leisure time and not enough physical activity increases mortality rates especially those that result from cardiovascular disease. So, make sure to engage in physical activity even if it is as mundane as walking around your neighborhood or gardening; your body will thank you.
It goes without saying that maintaining a healthy diet is one of the key predictors of a long life. It reduces risk for chronic diseases and contributes to a better self-image and lower stress levels. Having regular, well-balanced meals aid in stabilizing mood and lowering stress.
Heart disease remains not only the number one cause of death in America but also around the world. One of the leading causes of heart-related illnesses is poor diet and general unhealthy eating habits. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into a diet can prevent early onset heart-related difficulties and diet is the singular most efficient lifestyle change that will lay the foundation for a successful life.
Sleeping is one of the most important human activities. The average person will spend one-third of their life in rest. Rest has a myriad of quality of life effects including sharper attention, memory retention and healthy weight preservation. A report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine researchers from the University of Chicago found that well-rested dieters lose more fat by a margin of 55 percent compared to dieters who got less than 7 hours of sleep who were more likely to lose muscle instead.
Our sleep cycles are directly related to the regulation of energy and our metabolic systems, so remember to keep this in mind when you think it’s imperative to stay up until the wee hours of the morning. There are ointments like CBD oil, lotions and salves and even tinctures that can be added to anyone’s nighttime routine to ensure a good night’s rest.
Health should be foremost for everyone. Well-being allows people to reach their fullest potential and enjoy all the wonders of that life has to offer. Stay teachable and keep these three foundational pillars in mind and the positive impact they have on life will be its own reward.