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A healthy lifestyle is one that is full of healthy choices and behavior. It helps you maintain good physical and mental health and ultimately helps you live longer. Although the exact elements of a healthy lifestyle may vary for different people, the overall factors include -

  • Physical activity
  • A healthy diet
  • Low stress
  • Healthy habits

These factors can help increase your overall quality of life.

 

   Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key part of becoming and staying healthy. It helps reduce your risk of contracting diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes and can help control your body weight. As a part of a healthy lifestyle, we recommend that adults participate in moderate physical exercise and muscle-strengthening activities like brisk walking, cycling, swimming and aerobic activities for at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week.

 

   A Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet can help you prevent disease and maintain a healthy weight. This means eating a range of whole foods from the different food groups in appropriate portion sizes in order to satisfy your nutritional needs.

Ideally, a healthy diet is high in plant based foods, moderate in dairy and fish fat content, and low in sugar and salt. Meat can be part of a healthy diet if it is consumed in moderation.

 
         
 

   Stress Management

Although stress is a natural human reaction designed to keep you out of danger, there are negative health consequences to dealing with long term stress. This means that preventing and managing stress is important if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. In order to manage your stress, you need to learn how you can deal with it. Some reliable tips include exercise, relaxation techniques such as Yoga and Meditation and simply talking to family or friends.

 

   Healthy Habits

Healthy habits are paramount to leading a healthy lifestyle. This includes protecting your skin from the sun, practicing safe sex, getting adequate sleep, having regular health check-ups and avoiding substance abuse such as smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol.