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Health-Focused Habits for a Better Life
The human body can only function properly when it’s balanced. This means eating right, getting enough sleep and taking care of your mental health. And while health means different things to different people, one way to gauge whether or not you’re on the right track is by looking at your body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 18 to 25 is a healthy weight range. Once your BMI hits 30, you are considered clinically obese and are at risk of a host of health problems that don’t typically plague those in the normal weight range.
Getting your numbers down is difficult but it’s not impossible. By changing the way you look at food and fitness, you can begin taking positive steps toward reclaiming your overall health.
Unfortunately, many Americans blame their expanding waistlines on a hectic lifestyle, which often involves eating on the go. Fast food is easy and many major chains now offer options that look like healthy alternatives to a burger and fries. They aren’t. A good example of these fast food faux pas can be seen right on the McDonald’s menu. The company’s popular kale salad, which looks like it would be nutritionally balanced, actually contains more fat, calories, and sodium than a Big Mac, according to CNBC. You can pack your own healthy food, which will not only taste better and be better for you, but will help you save money each week. EatingWell.com offers numerous pack-and-go lunchbox recipes to please any palate.
If you truly want to take control of your weights, you’ll also need to pay attention to your physical activities. ABC News recently ran a feature on David Smith, who with the help of a “Extreme Makeover” fitness trainer Chris Powell, lost more than 400 pounds and has kept it off. In the article, it’s explained that movement was one of the most important things on Smith’s weight loss journey.
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to get moving is by simply taking a walk. If you’re extremely overweight, you may not be ready for a regimented workout routine and may not have the endurance to keep up with a class fitness program. But walking is something you can do at your own pace and in whatever environment you choose. You can also take a friend with you and make it a social event.
In addition to eating well and staying active, a wellness-oriented lifestyle also involves getting enough sleep and learning to manage your emotions. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains getting the right amount of quality sleep can improve and protect both your physical and mental health. Sleep is directly related to brain function and is the only time when your body has the opportunity to truly heal from the inside out.
Getting enough sleep may also help you take control of emotional eating, which can be triggered by fatigue, health problems and stress. Emotional eating is the process of trying to suppress negative feelings with food. These are often high-calorie, high-fat and high-carbohydrate comfort foods such as ice cream and potato chips, which also happened to be the worst types of food to put into your body.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that you can also sidestep emotional eating by keeping a food diary and seeking support from friends, family or a support group. If you have concerns about your mental health, talk to your doctor. He or she can point you in the right direction to tackle depression and anxiety as a part of your healthy new lifestyle.
While it is important to keep up with your body weight and body mass, constantly watching the scale isn’t necessarily healthy. There are a number of other signs that you’re making improvements that have nothing to do with math. As Plexus explains, you can monitor your progress by paying attention to your strength and endurance. As your body gets stronger, your mobility will improve, you won’t feel as much stress and you’ll sleep better.
Taking control of your health is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family. And although it does require lifestyle changes, they are changes that you’ll soon realize you needed all along.
By: Dana Brown
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