There are several physical and mental benefits associated with living a healthy lifestyle. With most individuals (adults and children alike) living a fast-paced, hectic and under-nourished lifestyle, it is no wonder that visits to the doctor, missed work and work-related injuries have increased at such an alarming rate.
Simply put, the human body is a machine that requires physical activity on a regular basis, appropriate nutrition and mental rest and relaxation in order to exist at it’s optimum level. Just as a vehicle is designed to be driven at a high level of frequency, the human body requires that the cardiovascular system and the various muscle groups be exercised. By doing so, the organs are stimulated, the soft tissue of the body is flooded with blood and oxygen, and toxins are eliminated.
Regularly consuming a well balanced, nutritious, and whole foods diet ensures that the body receives the nutrients that it requires to perform the various bodily functions necessary to sustain life. In addition, the immune system is strengthened, allowing the body to ward off many common debilitating diseases as well.
There are countless benefits associated with living a healthy lifestyle. Several of the more apparent benefits are as follows:
Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
Reduction in probability of virtually all diseases
Increase the length of one’s life
Improve joint stability, flexibility and strength
Increase overall strength and stamina
Increase and improve range of movement
Help maintain flexibility, balance and coordination as you age
Maintain bone density
Prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures
Improve sense of wellness and mood
Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
Improve sharpness and clarity of mind
Improve memory in elderly people
Statistics to Consider
As listed above, there are several benefits associated with living a healthy lifestyle. By simply achieving a proper weight level, an overweight person can cut their risk of heart disease by up to 25%, reduce their risk of a heart attack by 29%, reduce their risk of diabetes by up to 64%, reduce their risk of having high cholesterol by 33%, reduce their risk of dying from any cause by 16%, reduce their risk of asthma by 30%, reduce their risk of stomach cancer by 10%, reduce their risk of gallstones by 60%, cut their risk of osteoarthritis by 12%, reduce their risk of esophageal cancer by 55%, and cut their risk of having high blood pressure by 44%.
In obese people, living healthy will reduce these risks by an even greater percentage. For example, in an obese person, becoming fit can cut their risk of heart disease by up to 77%, reduce their risk of a heart attack by 48%, reduce their risk of diabetes by up to 88%, reduce their risk of having high cholesterol by 29%, reduce their risk of dying from any cause by 33%, reduce their risk of stomach cancer by 63%, reduce their risk of gallstones by 60%, reduce their risk of esophageal cancer by 68%, reduce their risk of asthma by 39%, reduce cut their risk of osteoarthritis by 25%, and cut their risk of having high blood pressure by 66%.
Living healthy improves not only the physical wellness of an individual, but mental wellness as well. Individuals that live a fit and healthy lifestyle tend to feel more comfortable with themselves and how others view them.
With today’s hectic lifestyles, many individuals become so busy with everything that is going on in their lives that they forget to pay attention to their own personal health.
The truth of the matter is that if an individual will simply devote a small portion of time to their personal fitness, health and nutritional requirements, they will actually increase their level of focus and productivity, and have more time and energy to devote to friends, family, work, and virtually every other aspect of their lives.
When you live a life filled with good health and fitness, you tend to feel more in control of your life. Since an individual that embraces a healthier lifestyle tends to feel better about herself, she tends to be more open to trying new activities.
Healthier individuals tend to perform better at work and obtain more enjoyment from the activities in which they already participate. When a healthy individual feels more in control of their life, they typically accomplish more and have a higher level of productivity.
By being fit, an individual will be more willing to participate in activities that he or she may have otherwise chosen to avoid. Since participating in physical activities tends to increase an individual’s overall strength and stamina, the individual is more confident and tends to be more willing to participate in activities that require some level of physical fitness, from sports to volunteer work.
This increase in strength and stamina also improves the individual’s self-esteem. Strength training is beneficial for increasing or maintaining lean muscle mass, and also reduces the effects of osteoporosis as an individual ages. For additional information related to strength training, please see our section entitled Weight Training.
By embracing a lifestyle filled with good health and fitness, the risk of contracting several diseases can be greatly reduced. Typical diseases that healthy individuals reduce the risk of contracting include diabetes, heart disease, several types of cancer, asthma and osteoporosis.
In addition, a healthy lifestyle also promotes lower blood pressure, reduces the likelihood of injuries and falls, and improves mental health and a sense of well-being. It is also beneficial in overcoming insomnia. In fact, even the length of one’s life can be increased by adhering to a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Living a healthy lifestyle is beneficial in many ways. In fact, an individual who is healthy tends to feel more confident, and may feel more in control of their life.
In addition, the strength and stamina of that individual will increase, allowing them to participate in new activities. Living a lifestyle that is conducive to good health, fitness and mental well-being can reduce the probability of contracting numerous diseases and ailments and extend the length of one’s life as well.