There are significant and long lasting benefits in improving the way you live to ensure that you live a healthy and long life. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle can be broken down into two parts: the benefits of an active lifestyle and the benefits of eating well. Let’s take a look at both of these to give you some insight and incentive into changing the way you live.
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Benefits of Exercise
Some people would be surprised to find out that exercising does not benefit your physical appearance, but also your mental health, relationships, and overall happiness. Regardless of whether or not you are an athlete, here are some ways that exercise can improve both your cardiovascular and mental health.
Reducing stress: After a long day of work or studying, sometimes the last thing you might want to do is run around at the gym. However, one of the most effective benefits of exercise happens to be stress relief. Working up a sweat and getting your endorphins running can help manage a person’s physical and mental stress by increasing the amount of norepinephrine in your brain. The next time you are feeling mentally tired, head on over to the gym instead of into your bed.
Increasing happiness: You have probably heard that exercise increases the endorphins your brain, leading the feelings of happiness: this is true. Also true is the fact that happiness can help elevate symptoms of depression in clinically depressed individuals. So if you are feeling blue, exercise can be just as effective as any medication used to treat depression.
Improving self confidence: When you do things that make your body feel good, you start feeling good about yourself as well. Exercising can work to tone, strengthen, and tighten the muscles in your body, and all of these factors can work to improve your self-image.
In addition to exercise, healthy eating is a part of a healthy lifestyle. Foods that are nutritious will improve health; promote weight loss, and much more. Here are some more health benefits that you can get from eating healthy that will contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Fewer wrinkles: Foods that have high water content, such as fruits and vegetables, will help to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated. Fruits and vegetables also contain certain antioxidants that keep your skin looking young. Be sure to incorporate omega-3 fatty acids as well, such as: fish and salmon to help nourish the skin.
Stress control: By eating a healthy diet equipped with omega-3, these fatty acids will protect against spikes in stress hormones. Vitamin C, magnesium, and black tea are also known to reduce stress hormones and protect your immune system at the same time.
Happier mood: Aim to eat healthy carbohydrates and like whole grains to stabilize blood sugar. Carbohydrate-rich foods will increase serotonin, which can promote happiness. Some more healthy foods that help increase serotonin levels are: turkey, yogurt, and fish.
Beautiful smile: Not only does healthy eating benefit your lifestyle and mood, but it also benefits your appearance – specifically your teeth. Healthy foods such as yogurt, high fiber fruits and vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can help straighten teeth, reduce bacteria, and limit inflammation in your mouth so that you will have no problem flashing your pearly whites.