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Tips for a Healthy Life

John Rowley - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

You’ve heard it before—the key to a healthier lifestyle is diet and exercise. Both are important to improving your health (which is why they are featured in this article), but your overall well being encompasses much more. From weight management to mental wellness, or lower health insurance premiums, these seven tips can help you live a healthier, happier life.

  • Eat right: Improving your diet doesn’t mean going on some crazy crash diet. Rather, it simply means making healthier choices. Instead of eating a sandwich every day for lunch, try a salad once a week. Your healthy choices build upon each other. Don’t forget to allow yourself a cheat day every now and then so you can satisfy your cravings without feeling guilty. Need a bit of help? Enlist a friend who also wants to live healthier and you two can encourage each other and hold each other accountable. 
  • Exercise: You don’t need to force yourself onto a stair-climber at the gym. In fact, low-impact exercise like walking or biking is great for your body. Aim for 20 minutes per day, which can be as simple as walking your dog around the block or as complex as a weightlifting routine. 
  • Sleep: Did you know that you’ll sooner die from sleep deprivation than you will from starvation? Sleep is so important to your health because it helps your body heal and your cells regenerate. In fact, lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, weight management issues and various types of cancer. So catch some Z’s every night! 
  • Make time for friends and family: Socializing is an important part of the human experience. In fact, spending time with your loved ones can improve your ability to cope with challenges, your chances of staying mobile for years to come and your mental and emotional happiness. 
  • Find the right job: With such a tough job market, many people are clinging to their jobs. However, staying at a job that you dislike can hurt your health by way of increasing stress, exhaustion and burnout. In fact, people who regularly put in overtime even have an escalated risk of heart problems. 
  • Kick bad habits: A habit like smoking is obviously bad for your health, but so are many other habits. Binge drinking can damage your liver. Even biting your nails can lead to a higher rate of illness because of bacteria ingestion. Make a goal to kick your bad habit and either enlist a friend or get professional help to assist you with accomplishing the task. 
  • Volunteer your time: Studies have reported that people who participate in volunteer work are generally happier than those who don’t. The key is to find volunteer work that you’re passionate about, whether that means working with underprivileged children, shelter animals or whatever form of volunteer work speaks to you.

What else do you do to enhance your healthy lifestyle? Share your tips with us on our Facebook page using the hasthag #AngleGetsHealthy

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