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8 Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle results in many benefits while reducing the risks of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Let's look at eight simple benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Your Health:
    Good health is not something that you buy from a drug store or a department store, but can be achieved through eating right and exercising. Good health practices also result in reduced illness and injuries, reduced trips to the doctors.
  • Weight:
    A weight reduction of just 10 percent will significantly reduce risk of heart disease and other obesity-related illnesses such as orthopedic disorders, sleep apnea, type II diabetes mellitus, asthma, high blood pressure and cholesterol, skin disorders, emotional and psychosocial problems.
  • Exercise:
    Although drugs alone can often bring cholesterol down to normal levels, diet and exercise provide benefits that drugs don't. They'll lower blood pressure, reduce weight, and lower the risk of developing diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle is a dangerous risk factor for disease. Exercise and a healthy diet helps the body use insulin more efficiently and can help control, alleviate and prevent many diseases.
  • Medical:
    We all want a trim and have healthy body for a variety of aesthetic, social and medical reasons. Healthy living is truly the best medicine. Exercise helps reduce LDL cholesterol and other risk factors beyond what's provided by drug therapy. Even modest weight loss can help reduce medical and pharmacy costs, help avoid bariatric surgery, and co-morbidities such as asthma, hypertension, and diabetes.
  • Wellness:
    Wellness is about being comfortable in your space: your body, your attitude, and your environment. A healthy lifestyle can greatly increase a person's longevity. Even though catching something contagious like a cold or flu is sometimes unavoidable, having the wisdom that feeling healthy is a better way to live allows you to live each day as beneficially as possible.
  • Care:
    Self-care stakes are high but the potential rewards are great - preventing illness, and disability, controlling health care cost, and maintaining a high quality of life into old age.
  • Control:
    With a healthy lifestyle, you have more control of your life as you work with your body against those aspects of living which may work to hold you back if you would let them. For example, with a healthy lifestyle, you have control over your sleep patterns so that you feel generally well rested throughout the day.
  • Strength:
    A healthy lifestyle provides a steady flow of stamina and strength; you can perform activities and exercises that will enhance your flexibility. With a healthy lifestyle, you have a balanced and varied diet that provides your body its needed nutrients and energy. You have strength to train to help build the muscle that supports the bones and joints; therefore decreasing the risk of falls and fractures. Aerobic exercise, strengthens the heart muscle and weight-bearing exercise such as walking and strength training helps slow the onset of and/or prevent osteoporosis.

The good news is you don't have to train like an Olympic athlete to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The secret and logic are in repeating a chosen healthy pattern as a part of your daily or weekly activities.

A healthy lifestyle is a way of life.

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