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6 Simple Strategies for Achieving Better Health

Health, prosperity and happiness—we all desire these in our lives. Often, those who pay attention to living healthier lives are prosperous and happy in the lives they lead, the hobbies they enjoy and the professions they choose. These six strategies will help get your “health” life back on track so you’ll achieve what you really want.

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Eating Healthier

We live in a world of fast-food, super-sized meals, and fried food. There are easy ways to eat healthier and most nutritionists recommend reading food labels to see what you’re actually consuming. A good rule of thumb is if the label has more than five ingredients, it probably has unnecessary additives like coloring and preservatives.

Take the time to read labels and to help children learn to eat healthy, make a game out of grocery shopping by seeing who can find foods with the least ingredients.

  • Consider going vegetarian – research has found that vegetarian diet is associated with lower BMI, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as fasting blood glucose (a measure for screening for diabetes).  [pubmed]
  • Research suggests that the vegetarian diet isn’t associated with an increased risk of bone loss or fractures [pubmed]
  • In fact, consistent research suggests a paradoxical effect between milk consumption and risk of osteoporosis [source]
  • Okay, if all of that sounds too extreme, just trying eating more vegetables since they’re nutrient dense and low in calories.

Exercise Benefits

Even 15 minutes a day of exercise will help you live a longer life. Walking, biking and even certain hobbies like playing interactive video game play can burn calories.

If you can join a gym and commit to a plan, that’s great but you can also start an exercise plan right in your own home that doesn’t require expensive machines.

  •  Jogging can help you live a longer life according to new research–6.2 years longer in men and 5.6 years longer in women [pubmed]

Make Sure You Get Enough Rest

Doctors recommend eight hours of sleep for all ages and it’s important you get enough rest each night. If you tire easily, your sleep habits may be to blame.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime and instead try chamomile tea. A big meal before bedtime can also cause restless sleep.

Stay active during the day to ensure your body is ready for slumber. Even if your job requires you to be stationary most of the day, do some stretching and bending exercises every hour.

Avoid Couch Potato Syndrome

It’s easy to sit on the sofa after a long day at work and many of us end up falling asleep never getting the rest we receive from a conventional mattress.

Pick a home improvement project and skip the sofa slumber. Whether it’s installing ceiling fans, painting a room or installing new roller shades on your windows, DIY projects are satisfying, keep you off the couch and you’ll feel a grand sense of accomplishment when you finish.

  • For children, research suggests that watching more than 2 hrs per day is associated with decreased physical and psychosocial health [pubmed]

Get Recommended Health Checkups

Visiting your family physician on an annual basis for blood tests and other health checks can help you live a long and healthy life. They say preventative medicine is the best medicine. Allowing your doctor to examine your body and run necessary tests can stop disease or other problematic issues from developing.

Ask your doctor for a routine health screening schedule and adhere to that schedule.

Be More Positive

If you find you’re always complaining perhaps you need a positive lifestyle reboot. Often a reboot is as simple as indulging in you once in a while. Visit a day spa and get a massage. Gather friends and play those nine holes of golf you’ve been putting off. Go to the mall and buy one thing you want that fits in your budget.

These simple strategies can lead to a healthier you. Try some of all of these ideas and kick start your longevity!

Ava is a freelance health, travel and health writer who resides in Tampa, FL. When she isn't writing she is working out, cooking and playing guitar.

3 Comments

  1. Steve Stewart

    July 24, 2013 at 2:46 am

    The suggestions mentioned above are really helpful but we are listening
    them from our childhood but after that also, we won’t follow them until
    we get caught by an disease, Why to do this we can have regular health
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  2. Victoria

    June 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Great advice. I definitely struggle with the getting enough sleep. I know how important it is, but it just seems to elude me.

  3. crischo

    June 12, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Good and healthy food is the most important thing. One hint to stay positive: If I had a stressful time and feel a little bit negative then hiking outside in the nature always helps to turn me back in a positive mood. It seems, that with each step that I do, I leave more of the problems behind me.

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