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February is Heart Health Month

Feb 5, 2021

When we take care of Our Heart as part of Selfcare, we set an example for those around us to do the same.

Research shows having social support and personal networks makes getting regular physical activities, eating healthy, losing weight, and quitting smoking easier.

Maintaining physical activity through regular exercise and proper nutrition with a healthy diet can produce extraordinary advantages, including happiness, increased level of energy, improved health, and as well as adding years to your life. A nutritious diet and exercise routine play a critical role how you look and feel.

Developing healthy habits can seem daunting but if you make the commitment and stick to it, you will find that it is really not all that hard to live a healthy life. It is never too late to start building a better quality of life!

Here are some benefits of a healthy lifestyle:

  • Weight Control

If you are overweight, you can safely reduce and lose weight through a healthy diet and regular physical activity. If you do not have weight issues, physical activity and a healthy eating routine will help keep up your present weight and decrease the danger of putting on weight as you get older. Healthy foods generally contain fewer calories and more nutrients than other foods. Plus, a regular exercising routine will burn extra calories and keep your body in shape.

  • Diabetes Management

A healthy diet can help diabetics:

Reduce weight if necessary

Manage blood sugar levels

Maintain blood pressure and cholesterol in the target range

Prevention or delay of complications in diabetes

For diabetics, it is important to limit food intake with added sugar and salt. It is also best to avoid fried foods high in saturated fat and trans-fat.

  • A Healthier Heart

Exercise and good nutrition can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Even people who already have heart disease can reduce their risk by eating clean food and sticking to daily physical activity.

  • Improves life span

When you practice healthy habits and exercise, you increase your chances of living longer. Studies show that those who just walk for 30 minutes a day significantly reduced the chances of early death as compared to those who exercise irregularly or not at all.

  • Sleep

Millions of people worldwide suffer from lack of sleep. A healthy diet and regular exercise can affect your sleeping habits in a positive way. Regular exercise helps you to fall to sleep and stay asleep. It is recommended not to exercise or eat before going to bed, but proper healthy habits can help stop restless nights.

  • More Energy

If you eat healthy clean food every 3 or 4 hours, your blood sugar level will remain in the appropriate range it needs to be to feel energetic all day long. If you exercise for 30 minutes every day and eat healthy complex carbohydrates plus food such as chicken, dark leafy veggies, salmon, beans and lentils, you will benefit from a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is a natural mood enhancer.

  • Better Mood

Exercise is often suggested for individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression because physical activity can stimulate brain chemicals, such as serotonin, to produce a feeling of pleasure and relaxation. Eating a healthy diet with less sugar and simple carbohydrates also helps.

  • A stronger immune system

Your body is better ready to deal with germs and remain strong when you lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as well as sticking to a regular exercise routine will keep your immune system strong all year long. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation, get plenty of sleep and don’t smoke.

  • Lifestyle Change

Exercising and healthy eating can help you make your life style more varied and interesting. Look for creative ways to be physically active in your daily life. Change up your exercise routine and explore. Ask coworkers for a hike, dance with friends, play on a sports teams or spend your active time with family.


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