The World Health Organization, WHO, in January 2015, reports that 16 million people die annually due to unhealthy lifestyles.
It identified the most common poor lifestyle choices causing the most death to include poor diet (food with too much fat, salt and sugar), lack of exercise, alcohol overuse, smoking and obesity.
This unhealthy life style epidermic, the report continues, is a "much greater public health threat than any other epidemic known to man".
With every day life getting more busy, anyone of us can get entangled in a web of unhealthy lifestyle running our health and adding to that ugly statistics above.
Let's take a realty check and see what your daily activity and health has to say about your lifestyle. We shall then take a look at the top ten tips to living a healthy life style.
No one would consciously wish to suffer with diabetes, heart problems, impotence, lung disease, bad joints, sleep and mood problems or cancer.
These are often the result of unhealthy lifestyle. A few cases though could be due to our inherited genes, despite the best of care and healthy lifestyle regime we may adopt.
If you smoke or use too much alcohol or answered yes to more than two of the questions above, then you may be leading an unhealthy lifestyle.
Because we all live very busy life, we often neglect our health and inadvertently contribute to ruining it. If such is your experience, it's not too late to do something about it. We can take small steps today to greatly improve our health, no matter how young or old we are, rich or not so rich.
Yes. Living a healthy lifestyle means you are willing to take charge of your health and direct factors that are within your power to control, and contribute to good health.
You can reduce your chances of developing diseases like high blood pressure, type two diabetes, stroke, early dementia, heart diseases, high cholesterol levels, poor sex drive, depression, skin diseases, and have a positive outlook in life.
Living a healthy lifestyle not only reduces your risk of preventable diseases, it also enhances your quality of life.
Is it really worth the sacrifice of living a healthy lifestyle? Some have argued that they have lived a healthily and yet still come down with diseases like breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and even lung cancer. Is it really worth living a healthy lifestyle?
The Answer is an emphatic yes! Healthy living is just part of the equation in ensuring longevity and good health. Curiously, it is the most important of the four major factors that influences the quality of our life, the so called "longevity determinants".
Doctors often advice that you change factors you can change in your life to enable you live a better life. There would be some factors that are beyond you control. You must learn to live with those ones. Your race, sex, inherited family conditions and traits as well as age are things that you can not change, that can strongly impact on your health.
If you are male, you are more likely to suffer with tension headache, have a heart attack, or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, for example, than if you were female (sex influence).
If you are white, you are more likely to suffer from multiple sclerosis, a disease almost unheard of in black African. So too, if you are black or of African extraction, you are more likely to inherit sickle cell disease or be a carrier (racial influences).
Whatever you inherit or get exposed to due to factors that you can not change, remember that those things you can change, are more important in determining your long term state of health eventually. So concentrate on altering such factors in a bid to living a healthy lifestyle.
Are you truly and really keen on living a healthy lifestyle? Then follow these ten top tips for healthy living.
They will help you lose weight, improve your stamina, health, and live a happier life:
You've heard it before: You are what you eat.
Regular exercise need not be formal and certainly does not mean you have to enroll for a gym membership. Living a healthy lifestyle in terms of exercising means you are willing to:
Exercising not only helps you lose weight, it also helps build your physical endurance and stamina, so you don't get tired easily.
It leads to increased metabolism, meaning that you burn calorie more than if you where not exercising.
Exercising also help increase your appetite, meaning you can enjoy your meal
better. Never mind this increase in appetite. As long as you select the
right kind of food - low in saturated and trans fat, high fiber, your
increased metabolism will mean that the extra food you eat will be burnt
off. Just keep your exercise routine.
You can build your own home gym by getting an elliptical trainer.
Getting a good night sleep on a regular basis helps boost your immunity and can also help you lose weight.
Do you feel refreshed after a night sleep? Or do you find yourself nodding off during the day?
While obesity leads to poor night sleep and snoring, from what doctors call obstructive sleep apnea, not sleep well from being overworked or keeping late nights could also cause you poor health.
Sleep about six to ten (average of eight) hours every night. Avoid
drinking coffee or any stimulant before going to bed.
This of course goes without saying. Keeping yourself and our environment clean is another major way we can greatly impact on our health and longevity.
Recent research has shown that regularly brushing your teeth and flossing them greatly contributes positively to your overall health. Remember to clean your teeth after every meal, and certainly before going to bed.
Whether we like it or not, life throws so much at us from time to time.
Living a healthy lifestyle also means you develop the skills of managing stressful situations in your life, and prevent these from affecting your health. If you allow stress to eat into you, your happiness disappears and your health will suffer.
An often ignored secret of living a healthy lifestyle is adopting safe behaviors like:
Living a healthy life does not mean you can not drink or enjoy alcohol.
Small to moderate amount of alcohol taken regularly is protective to your heart and good for your health. This has been called the "French Paradox".
If you drink, do not drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week if you are a woman, and certainly no more than 21 units of alcohol per week if you are a man.
But what is a unit of alcohol, some might ask?
Drinking too much alcohol could lead to weight gain, especially around your abdomen.
A glass of wine for example contains 300 Kilo-calories of energy!
imagine the amount of calories you take in by drinking so much.
Drinking too much alcohol also leads to stomach irritation (gastritis
and ulcers), liver damage, throat cancers, depression, impotence, and
ultimately ruins relationships, jobs and lives. That seems like a high price to pay when things get out of control. If you suspect that you are not good at controlling how much alcohol you take, then why not quit drinking totally? Hard decision.
Do you smoke?
Then this is for you.
Giving up cigarette is one of the best thing ever you can do to improve your
health. It is never too late to stop.Make that decision today. Do not linger.
Smoking increases your chance of developing so many cancers, heart attack, hypertension, impotence, and lung disease like COPD. And more.
Your chance of early death is increased by 200% if you smoke. Quit now.
Get help from your doctor. Research has shown that getting help combined with the use of anti-smoking medications increases your chances of succeeding in quit smoking by for fold!
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