In the United States, the leading cause of death is still heart disease, which claims a whopping 652,091 people each year, followed by cancer (559.312) and strokes (143,579). Doctors say that the importance of healthy living and health prevention cannot be overstated. In recent years, so much has been learned about the contributing factors of heart disease, the role of fat and cholesterol, and the steps to reduce the risk.
While researchers are still in the dark about cancer prevention, they have found that living healthy as well as meeting with physicians for early detection tests can have many patients walking away from what would have been a chronic illness. Preventative care is the best way to create a healthier you that you can enjoy. It is your pathway to coping with daily stress and appreciating yourself, no matter your circumstances.
For healthy living, the appropriate amount of fitness for a normal adult is at least 30 minutes per day or 60 minutes, three days a week. I am here to tell you that part of overall fitness is stretching, sculpting your body through resistance training and strengthening muscle mass, as well as bones. You can accomplish this task by doing bodyweight calisthenics, taking part in circuit training, or taking a fitness class such as pilates, yoga, or participating in a bootcamp program.
Another component of fitness is ensuring your heart health through cardiovascular exercises like running, biking, brisk walking, dancing, jumping rope, swimming, rollerblading, cross-country skiing, and playing sports. By creating a well rounded, healthy lifestyle of diet and physical activities that you can stick to, you will decrease your risk of injury, sickness, and disease to live a healthier life.
Stress management is an essential component of healthy living, as research shows stress can take years off our lives and can lead to weight gain, depression, hypertension, high blood pressure, and heart attacks.
Stress is part of your normal physiological reaction to threat, which triggers a sudden release of cortisol in what is called the “fight-or-flight response”. Cortisol is a hormone that helps manage blood pressure and reduce inflammation. However, when we experience stress or fear, high amounts of cortisol get released into the bloodstream. When a high level of cortisol remains in the bloodstream for too long, it can cause weight gain, hypertension, and a decrease in energy levels. It can also negatively affect your sleep quality and mood.
To keep anxiety at bay, I suggest discovering your triggers and learn how to cope with them effectively. Strive for a balance of work, family, and personal time. Know when it’s time to take a break because your stress levels are jeopardizing your health. Be sure you are practicing a healthy lifestyle, exercising, and getting at least seven hours of sleep each night. Devise strategies to help you cope with stress, such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation techniques, yoga, tai-chi, meditation, massage, music, reading, or hypnosis.
A Healthier You
There are many ways to work toward a healthier you. If you take the time to learn some of the best tips for becoming healthy, then you will see some significant results. There are many ways to go about getting healthy. You must first realize that there is no way to do it overnight. It is a process. In that process, you will have to learn that it’s not about the goal. It is about being present in the process.
I set this book up in seven sections. These sections combined will provide you with the insight you need to be the best version of yourself mentally and physically. You will learn to appreciate yourself for the wonderfully made human being that you are. I believe that this book will not only help you, but give you the guidance and tools that will ignite the fire within you to create a healthier you.