There are so many benefits to living a healthy life. Most people do it because they want to look good… but what people don’t realize is that living a healthy lifestyle will also make you feel great and enjoy a high quality, active life!
Eating well and exercising regularly is, of course, something that we recommend for everyone and we hope that this post will serve as motivation!
Although people may think that exercise makes you tired because you are exerting yourself, it actually does the opposite. Exercise gives you energy – when we exercise, more capillaries* are produced to help deliver more oxygen to different parts of our bodies. This increases blood flow, and, in turn, creates more energy!
If you are following a healthy, well balanced diet, your body will be getting all the nutrients and vitamins it needs. When your body has all the nutrients it needs, it will operate much more efficiently. Think of your body as a car for a minute, and vitamins and nutrients as premium fuel; if your body is getting everything it needs your tank will always be full with premium fuel.
Also, your body functions will operate better and your immune system will be stronger.
Chronic diseases seem to be more and more common in today’s society. Although some of the risk factors for diseases such as heart disease and cancer are out of your control (for example, family history), living a healthy life can aid in preventing disease. It can also sometimes mean that if later in life you develop a disease, you may have a better chance of fighting it, or living longer with it. Getting enough sleep keeps your immune system healthy, and exercise keeps you at a healthy weight. As many of you probably know, obesity can lead to serious health issues such as type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and sleep apnea.
Makes Daily Tasks Easier
Exercise – functional fitness to be more specific – can help prepare your body for the real world. Increasing one’s strength, flexibility, balance and coordination makes everything easier: from tying your shoe, to reaching up to put groceries away on a shelf or shoveling a snowy driveway– real world tasks will be easier to perform.
Exercise will also help you perform better in any recreational league you may participate in. You’ll be stronger and less prone to injury.
Mental & Emotional Health
Believe it or not, eating well, exercising regularly and living a healthy life can be beneficial to your mental health. In a post about sleep we mentioned how important sleep is for your mood and cognitive functioning. Both these things play an important role in living a happy, quality life.
If you are taking care of your body, you will feel good about yourself – you will have a more positive self-image and be confident in yourself. This also lends itself to your mood and can have an impact on the types of relationships you build with people.
When we work out, chemicals are released into our brains that make us feel good and relaxed. Exercise literally gives you a natural high!
Let’s face it, although your main reason for living a health style may not be to look good, it’s probably a part of it. Living a healthy lifestyle can help you maintain a youthful attractive appearance. Certain vitamins help with healthy skin, hair and nails. Eating well and exercising regularly also prevent obesity.
This is just us skimming the surface of reasons people should follow a healthy lifestyle change. For us, living a healthy life has brought nothing but good things. We understand that it can be difficult sometimes, but we promise it’s worth it!
S & L
*Capillary: a small blood vessel that transports blood from arteries to veins.