Healthy living – it tends to be the topic of conversation often. But many of us struggle to find our way to healthier happier living. Let’s look at 13 steps to accomplish that goal.
#1 Reduce the amount of unhealthy foods in your diet. These raise your LDL cholesterol, which is directly linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
#2 Health fats should be eaten in moderation. Omega 3, mono-unsaturated, and poly-unsaturated fats are good choices because they will lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL, decreasing your risk of heart disease.
#3 Avoid processed foods, which contain chemicals, along with high levels of salt and/or sugar. Instead, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans, and low fat dairy products.
#4 Choose foods that are low in sugar and refined carbs. Try to minimize the amount of soft drinks, sweets, and white bread you eat, along with refined carbs.
#5 Always begin your workout and end your workout with stretching. This is a great way to warm your muscles and prepare them for your workout, and then relax your muscles after your workout.
#6 Visit the gym at least 3 to 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes combining your strength and cardio training. You can just go for a brisk 30-minute walk. Why not grab the dog and head out. You will both benefit.
#7 Make sure that you enjoy rigorous activities every day including things like housework, gardening, walking to work, etc. Keep your body moving every day. Remember, 10,000 steps are what you need.
#8 Park your car and head out walking or biking. It’s a great way to get your exercise in and save some money too. You can also try parking at the farthest spot at work or the shopping center and walking to your destination.
What to Avoid
#9 Avoid diets, especially yo- yo dieting. When you lose the weight, make sure you work hard to maintain that lifestyle so that the weight doesn’t come back. Yo-yo dieting commonly results in gaining weight. Fad diets should be avoided too.
#10 Avoid too much alcohol. Keep your drinking to moderation. For women one drink a day, and for men two drinks a day is the maximum recommended alcohol intake.
#11 If you smoke now is a good time to stop. Smoking is directly linked to heart disease and lung cancer. It’s tough but there are a number of programs that can help you quit.
#12 Make sure to brush and floss your teeth every day. Poor oral hygiene and conditions such as gingivitis have been linked to heart disease. Good oral hygiene should be started at a young age with children.
#13 Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs, infections, and viruses.
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