Yes! There are just five physical components that uphold a healthy life. They are as follows, in order of importance:
1. A whole foods diet abundant in organic fruits and vegetables
We should be eating fresh, vital foods every day, in every meal and snack. The more of these real foods we eat, the less room there is for junk food, and the more we will support our body’s vital processes so we can live our lives at optimal levels.
Healthy food has endured a stigma over the years of being bland and boring, but that barrier has been largely broken by amazingly creative food innovators that have shown that healthy foods too can be sensational. I highly recommend finding a few of them on Instagram, such as one of my favorites I shared below, and open your mind to some amazing possibilities!
2. Exercise, or whatever you want to call it
Outdoor recreation, fun activities, moving your body – whatever it is, just make sure it’s happening at least a few times a week. No, you don’t have to join a gym! If weight loss is your goal, you can get a good start simply by walking for ten minutes to an hour every day. That can be as simple as taking a break every hour to stand up, stretch and walk around, or by ending your day with a relaxing walk in your neighborhood trails during the evening.
Also, look into light exercise programs like Tai Chi and Qi Gong, which are a great way to incorporate mind and spirit into body movements.
3. Not smoking
The effects of smoking no longer kill the most Americans, but they are still high up on the list. It’s important to live smoke-free, and that includes secondhand smoke and smoking alternative substances. Healthy stress reduction techniques include exercise, meditation, herbal teas, spending time in nature or with pets, relaxing in a hot bath, massage, acupressure, EFT tapping, and more.
4. Drinking in moderation
All things in moderation. But what is moderation? Really, a junk food treat, cigarette, or drink is not going to have much effect on your health if you have one a month or year. However, mainstream culture encourages us to consume them multiple times, every day. Our bodies are not designed to deal with this overload of toxins and lack of nourishment, and this strongly contributes to the breakdown of the body and the development of disease over time. It’s better to save indulgences for holidays – and best to create new cultural traditions of celebrating that don’t involve using toxic substances at all.
5. Maintain a healthy weight
It’s much easier to maintain a healthy weight than to lose weight, but weight loss is possible, and there are many major weight loss success stories using various approaches, from water fasting to gastric bypass surgery. Healthy weight management is especially important if you are a parent, as childhood obesity rates have also been climbing, and children pattern their behaviors after their parents.
Amazingly, only 3-5% of Americans do these five things every day. Is it clear yet why we have a national health crisis on our hands? The good news is, no matter what your health status is, you can start developing any of these five practices now and build a better road to the future.
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