Five Key Lifestyle Factors for Life
Marcy Cline ~ February 20, 2021
If only we could just follow five lifestyle factors in life, wouldn’t that make things simpler? Life is so fast-paced these days that sometimes it’s hard to know what’s good for our bodies. We deal every day with these five lifestyle factors, nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, and attitude. Are we eating healthy? Are we sleeping enough? Why am I so stressed out all the time? I think with a few tweaks we can adapt a better lifestyle to keep us feeling healthy.
The definition of nutrition is the act or process of nourishing or being nourished, sounds easy right! So what works? All those fad diets may help you lose weight at that moment, but what is the longevity of the diet. Are you planning to eat that way for life? Better nutrition is more of a lifestyle shift. Elson Hass said it correctly “I know when people make lifestyle and habit changes they often have improved health results.” Finding our balance and implementing a dietary habit can help with our nutritional goals. Focusing on a diet that is rich in:
- Lean proteins
- Whole grains
- Healthy unsaturated fats
Limiting trans and saturated fats, refined grains, and high sugar can help reduce the risk of disease and illness. Small changes to our diet can make a big impact on our health.
Regular exercise is essential for our healthy body. Daily movements help control weight, combats health conditions and diseases. Exercise can also help:
- Improve mood
- Boost energy
- Promote better sleep
- Loss of focus
- Frustrated or more emotional
- Tired or exhausted
- Lack of motivation
Getting the proper amount of sleep does make a difference it allows our bodies and mins to recharge and heal. Sleep our bodies remain healthy and help fight off diseases. Without proper sleep, the brain can not function properly, which can cause a lack of concentration, think clearly, and process memories. A few positive steps in implementing a routine includes:
- Establish a realistic bedtime
- Maintain comfortable bedroom temperature
- Comfortable sleeping environment
- Turn off electronics
- Reframe from caffeine and large meals before bedtime.
Staying positive really can make a big impact on your health. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, positive thinking has been linked to a wide range of health benefits including:
- Better stress management and coping skills
- Enhanced psychological health
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Increased physical weel-being
- Longer lifespan
- Lower rates of depression
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease-related death
The five key lifestyle factors are an important tool to help shift your current lifestyle and put you on track to better health. These five key factors are an integral piece to eating-living-supporting our mind-body for health, vitality, and longevity.
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