The Importance of Exercising and Eating Healthy

By: Ellie Burgueno

A healthy life does not occur as a simple result of chance. It is the result of a life lived with diligence and intelligence. Most of us have learned since childhood either in school, at home, or some other way, the importance of exercising and eating healthy, but many of us simply refuse to follow instructions. We certainly cannot know how long our lives will last, but following some simple steps known to most people, we could have a better quality of life and even live longer. Some people are skeptical or just lazy about putting into effect the simple steps of exercising on a regular basis and eating healthy; although, to our surprise, following these steps could seriously affect our lives positively and way more than we may think. The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is too important to ignore.

Exercising on a regular basis could boost our immune system. According to Medline Plus, some theories that have not been proven yet, exercising can increase your immunity to some illnesses, some of the theories are: physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. It reduces the chances of getting a cold, a flue, or any other airborne illness. Physical activity also causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells which are the immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. However, no one knows whether these changes help prevent infections. The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection more effectively.

Exercising can reduce your stress levels. On a book called: “Handbook for Happiness”, MD Amit Sood says that exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. She mentions that exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits. Physical activity helps bumping up after a good routine, even if it was for 20-30 minutes, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything you do. Regular physical activity can also increase self-confidence, it can relax you, and it can lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. As a consequence of exercising and reducing stress, you’ll be able to sleep better. Exercising will give you a sense of command over your body and your life.

Exercising and eating healthy can also help you live longer. Incorporating core-strengthening exercises, strength training, stretching, and high-intensity training, which boosts human growth hormone production, that is essential for a good physical condition and for longevity. One of the most important effects of exercising and eating healthy is regulating your insulin and leptin levels. I’m sure you’ve been able to read in medical magazines and books that your diet accounts for about 80 percent of the benefits you’ll reap from a healthy lifestyle, but even if you’re eating the best diet in the world, you still need to exercise effectively to reach your highest level of health. Taking care of your exercise and diet on a daily basis will impact your overall health and life because exercising and eating well will help you control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk of type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome, reduce your risk of some cancers, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood, and improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, so as a result you’ll simply live longer.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a healthy diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean meats. On top of eating well, you must also minimize your consumption of cholesterol, sodium, sugar and saturated fat. Exercise can help you feel better about yourself, just by making you feel healthier and more energetic. So go ahead, take that aerobics class or go for that walk. You’ll feel better and healthier for it. If you’re overweight, eating healthfully and exercising regularly can help you lose weight safely and keep it off. If you don’t have a weight problem, physical activity and a healthy diet can help you maintain your current weight and reduce your risk of gaining weight as you age. Healthy foods are generally lower in calories and higher in nutrients than other foods, and regular physical activity burns off extra calories to keep a healthy body.

It is hard to believe that there’s still people who, after knowing all the wonderful benefits of following a healthy diet and exercising on a regular basis, remain skeptical or lazy to know about the good information that is shared on the web, books, magazines, clinics, hospitals, working places and more on how good is it to live a well exercised and healthy life. No one can change from night to day but once you know the outcome you’ll be able to experience in your entire life, from your own health, your work, your personal life, and your interpersonal relationships improvement –everything! All you need is to start by making small changes to your daily routine, after a few days of progress you’d have built a completely new habit! The gradual progress will make you realize that such small changes could have such a huge impact on your life. You’ll never feel so much in control of your heath and body! You’ll be excited to get up every morning and feel better! You’ll just be much more conscious of what you’re putting into your body

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