Sep 25, 2017

Are you healthy?

It’s a simple question that leaves many without a convincing answer. Those who say they’re definitely healthy are most probably wrong. How can we be so sure? According to government statistics, a shocking 70.7 % of American adults—aged 20 or above—are either overweight or obese.

So, if you live in America, there’s a 70 % chance you’re definitely not healthy. And if we add underweight individuals into the  mix, the percentage will climb even higher. However, weight is not a measure of health, per se, you can be unhealthy even if you don't have weight issues.

So what to do about it?

Thankfully, there’s a lot in store that you can do in order to have a healthier lifestyle. But before we delve into it, you should know that such lifestyle choices are lifetime choices. They’re not fads or fashion, that come and go. If you want to tread this path, you need serious commitment.

Setting health goals

Whether you’re seriously committed to a healthy lifestyle depends on if you’re willing to set heath goals for yourself. This is the first step on the health journey, the path that leads to salvation. But what is it? What exactly are health goals? How do you set these goals for yourself?

Well, that depends on your situation. It depends on the potential health challenges you might face. Let’s go with the aforementioned example of weight. How would you know where you lie on a waistline scale and where you ought to be?

It’s simple. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI). Don’t worry, it's not a complex mathematical equation. All you’d need is your weight, age, and height. The BMI Calculator would do the job for you.

When you know where you stand on the weight spectrum, you’ll also know where you need to be. That is your health goal. And once you have a goal, you need to find ways to achieve it.

Eating healthy

One of the first steps you can take on the journey to healthy living is to eat well. And by well, we don’t mean more. Remember, there’s a 70 % chance you’re already eating more than enough. Leaving a bit of food on your plate is never a bad idea. In fact, Dan Buettner studied some of the oldest Japanese people only to discover they stop eating when they’re about 80 percent full.

 Eating healthy isn’t just about eating less. It’s about choosing the foods that have minimum amounts of unhealthy fats or sugar. Cutting down on carbonated drinks alone can make a huge difference.

Working out

The key to health is physical activity. Athletes and gymnasts are usually considered to be the healthiest individuals only because they get to work out a lot.  Although, you don’t have to take part in the Olympics to be healthy, nor would you need to lift weights to work out.

Instead, what you need to do is to increase the amount of your daily physical activity. And while you may get to climb a lot of stairs during work, that’s not really good exercise. Anything from jogging to running to cycling or swimming is a good idea.

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