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Are You Truly Living a Healthy Life? Do These 3 Things to Make Sure You Are

We all know that healthy living is important in living a long and full life. Living healthy will also prevent medical conditions, reduce the need for medications, and facilitate better mental capacities. So make sure you are doing these three things to live your best and most healthy life!

  1. Sleep at least 7 hours a night. Getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can do for better and healthier living. Research shows that sleeping at least 7 hours a night improves cognition, metabolism, reduces weight gain, stimulates muscle and bone health, and decrease the likelihood of developing illness and disease. You should also learn to track what kind of sleep you are getting. Our bodies typically go through various stages of sleep. Each stage has a different function, and missing any stage can be detrimental to our health. There are many smart devices and apps you can use to track your sleep patterns. The FitBit has one of the most commonly used app. You can also be tested at a sleep study institute. Here they will monitor you during your sleep, track your brain activity and body function.

  2. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. This exercise does not have to be in the gym on a treadmill. This exercise, or rather activity, can include walking the dog, cleaning the house, tending to the garden, or any other sport or activity. But make sure to monitor your heart rate so you know it is enough. Ideally we should work our hearts at 50-80% of its max capacity for 30 minutes every day. To determine this value, you can complete this simple calculation. 220-your age, multiple by 0.5-0.8, and there is your range (if you have a heart condition, contact your physician because the calculation is different for you).

  3. Eat the right amount of fat, protein and carbs. There is currently a lot of discussion around what fuel our bodies really need. And the truth is it depends. The amount of protein a very active person needs is quite different than a more sedentary person. However this can change if you are recovering from surgery or are older than 80 years old. Additionally, there is a lot of confusion around fat. Making sure to eat the right kind of fat will help your metabolism, improve your heart health, give you more energy, and allow for better absorption and digestion. Carbs also tend to confuse us as we all envision carbs as bread, pastas and cookies. But vegetables and fruits are also carbs that our bodies require to function properly. So the truth is , you should speak to a nutritionist or dietician to make sure you are doing all you can to eat right and healthier.

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