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Ten Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Health

Darlene Zagata

Most people tend to resist change but by making a few simple adjustments to our lifestyles we can improve our health, reduce stress and increase the overall quality of life.


Stop SmokingStop Smoking

If you are a smoker you should make a sincere effort to quit. You can improve your health, save money and perhaps add years to your life. Have you looked at the cost of cigarettes these days? Oh and by the way, I'm not a non-smoker just trying to coerce smokers into kicking the habit. I've been a smoker for most of my life and I'm trying to quit because I'm tired of wasting money on killing myself slowly. You'll notice I said trying. I haven't completely overcome my nicotine addiction yet. Damn, where'd I put that gum.


Change Your Diet

Yes, I'm still working on this one too. Actually I do eat fairly healthy foods although there's room for improvement. I love fruits and vegetables and I eat a variety of them. I still occasionally reach for the chips and dip though. Take a serious look at your eating habits and determine where there is room for improvement. Start slowly and give yourself time to adjust to new eating habits. Make a list of healthy foods to add to your regular grocery list and look for recipes to find new ways to incorporate them into your meals.


Limit Alcohol Intake

It's always best if you can refrain from drinking alcohol but if you must drink limit your intake. Excessive consumption can take its toll on bodily organs such as the liver, kidneys and even the heart. Keep alcohol intake at a minimum and use caution when drinking to prevent unnecessary accidents.


Drink WaterDrink Plenty of Water

Water is the ultimate health beverage. Since the human body is composed mostly of water it is imperative to drink plenty of water for optimum functioning of our bodies. We can easily become dehydrated especially during the summer season or in hot weather climates. Drinking plenty of water keeps the body properly hydrated. Water helps to keep our skin healthy and helps to flush toxins from the body.


Get Plenty of Exercise

Exercise is important to good health and body maintenance. You should get an adequate amount of exercise at least a couple of times a week. If you are uncertain what type of exercise would be best for you consult your physician. You should consult your doctor before beginning any new fitness plan.


SleepSleep Well

During sleep the body heals and rejuvenates. Your body needs this regular rest period. Adequate sleep is also necessary for the proper functioning of the mind. Lack of sleep can affect the ability to concentrate as well as motor skills, vision, coordination and reflexes. Even though you may not feel tired or sleepy it is important to get a good night's rest. Turn off distractions such as the television and lights. Make sure the room isn't too warm or too cold. Invest in a mattress that is comfortable and provides adequate support for your body.


Playtime Isn't Just For Kids.

Let your inner child have a little fun. Adults need playtime too. It can be a good healthy release for grown-ups to jump on the swings or slide down the slide. Engage in whatever childlike activities that are fun for you. Maybe you enjoy roller skating or finger painting. Turn your inner child loose. So much of our lives are spent in a hectic menagerie of work and responsibility that we forget the much needed balance of playtime. Be a kid again and have fun.


De-StressLearn How to De-Stress Yourself

Our days are often filled with high levels of stress. Take measures to relieve that stress. Meditate, take a warm bath or read a good book. Take a long walk. Get away for the weekend or just retreat into yourself for the day. Aromatherapy and massage are both good ways to release the pent up stress from your body and mind. Do whatever helps you to relax.


Get Creative

Taking an active part in a creative pursuit can keep you mentally alert. Being actively involved in something that you enjoy can improve your attitude, boost confidence, calm the emotions and help to develop patience. When the emotions are used constructively the body also benefits. Find something that you've always wanted to do and do it. Learn to play an instrument, take up sculpting or painting. You may even discover a hidden talent.


A Loving Relationship and Good Friends Can Make a Big Difference.

A good loving relationship is good medicine for your body, mind and spirit. If you're not involved in a relationship a good support system of friends can make the difference. It's important to have others around that care. Emotional support and encouragement can help you overcome difficulties. Even when you are physically ill just knowing that you have someone who loves you can aid the healing process.



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Health Disclaimer. Copyright 2007. Published with permission. Darlene Zagata is a freelance writer and is not affiliated with avivahealth.com.


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