We hear it in the doctor’s office on a regular basis…diet and exercise. Lose weight. Don’t smoke. Reduce caffeine intake. We let it pass over our heads, or we try it for a few days and give up. Does it really work? Will these things improve our lives, as opposed to going without?
The answer is…absolutely! But as with anything, taking care of our bodies doesn’t heal them overnight. It may take weeks or months to see a difference in how we feel and improve our energy levels. The cells in our bodies regenerate in varying cycles, so it may be years before some of the damage is undone. While this may be discouraging, its important to realize that the longer we adhere to a healthy lifestyle, the better we will feel. It may even take years but in the long-run, the effort is definitely worth it.
Taking better care of our bodies means increased energy levels, and a better ability to accomplish our daily goals. It means better ability to concentrate on any given task, and that our tasks will take less time to complete. It also means that we’ll do a better job, whether it be at work, caring for our families, or caring for ourselves.
A healthy body sets the stage for your day-to-day well-being and determines how well you’ll age. It also allows you to live an active and full life for a better quality of life as you age.
To understand the importance of maintaining good health, it's helpful to appreciate the various things that contribute to a healthy lifestyle: nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and stress management. When these parts of your lifestyle are imbalanced, your health pays the price.
Your body works best with a healthy diet, including vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Regular exercise strengthens your bones, muscles, lungs, and cardiovascular system.
Seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night allows your body to repair cells and perform other maintenance activities. And managing stress provides key support for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.