A healthy lifestyle is about having a healthy diet, active lifestyle and caring for your mental wellbeing.
Being healthy or leading a healthy lifestyle is more than just keeping yourself from falling sick. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines "health" as complete physical, mental and social well-being, rather than simply the absence of disease or illness.
Besides keeping yourself free from diseases, good health or healthy living encompasses many other areas, which include physical health, mental health and health management. Every area is important and cannot be neglected for you to achieve better health. You will see that with a few simple tips, you can learn to manage the different aspects of health, lead a more fulfilling and active lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.
Taking care of your body is important for good health, but the problem is that people often neglect their own bodies. If you do not eat a proper diet or do not get enough sleep, you are depriving yourself of good physical health! Keeping yourself physically healthy with an active lifestyle and physical activity will allow you to feel better and more energetic every day.
Adults should participate in at least 150-300 mintues of moderate-intensity aerobic phyiscal activity; or at least 75-100 mintes of vigorous intesnity aerobic phyiscal activity; or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous intenisty activity throughout the week for substantial health benefits.
Nutrition from A Healthy Diet
Good nutrition is about eating right. The food you eat provides the important nutrients needed by your body. Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet will result in:
Here are a few tips on how you can have a healthy diet and pick up good eating habits for a healthier body:
Another thing you should do to be healthy is to get active! An active lifestyle with adequate physical activity and exercise can really help to improve your health, not only by reducing the risk of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease but also:
It is recommended that a person should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five or more days a week. Some moderate-intensity activities you can do are brisk walking, swimming, cycling or dancing.
You can find out more about the importance of exercise from HealthHub or simply get active today and take part in any physical activity programme that may be ongoing near you.
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Besides a healthy body, you also need to have a healthy mind. Diseases not only affect the physical body but the mind as well. Mental health is therefore a very important component of your overall health and well-being.
The absence of mental illnesses or disorders such as depression or schizophrenia does not mean that a person is mentally healthy. The WHO defines good mental health as the state of wellbeing in which an individual can:
Having positive mental health will greatly improve the way you cope with stress and allow you to lead a more fulfilling and effective life. Some tips for good mental health:
Being in good health also means not smoking if you have not started or quit smoking if you are a smoker. Smoking is the single most avoidable cause of death. Globally, it has been estimated that smoking kills one person every 10 seconds. It not only causes cancer but is also a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and chronic obstructive lung disease.
Quitting smoking has numerous benefits - physical, emotional and financial. And one of the first steps in quitting smoking is to make the decision to quit. Find out more about quitting smoking at
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Being healthy does not stop at keeping yourself free from disease and illness. Being healthy requires you to take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. There are no limits to how much health you can achieve. The healthier you are, the better you will be able to enjoy life!
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This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
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