Healthy Lifestyle – what does that actually mean?

A Healthy Lifestyle – We hear talk about it all the time – but what does it actually mean?! A google search brought up a gazillion pages that tell you about it. So I’ve had a look around… The World Health Organization (WHO), defines Health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not simply just the absence of disease. The actual definition of Healthy Living is the steps, actions and strategies one puts in place to achieve optimum health.
So the top things that come to mind are
• Do you smoke?
• Are you able to maintain a healthy weight (a BMI of 18-25), or are you successfully losing weight to attain a healthy weight?
• Do you eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily?
• Do you exercise 30 minutes or more, 5 times a week?
The NHS has a quiz you can take It says it takes 10 minutes, but I did it in 5. I scored 7 out of 10. Not bad, but that’s probably because I’m following the Forever Living FIT15 programme so I’m doing pretty well on my eating and exercising.
So those physical aspects are pretty obvious – but Healthy Living isn’t just about a healthy diet or even just about those physical things in general like getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. It is just as much about the mind and your emotional well being. I won’t go all spiritual on you, but Love, Laughter and Joy have a lot to do with a healthy lifestyle alongside the physical aspects. You might find those in Jesus like I do, or other spiritual outlets, but wherever you do, they help you to be healthier (never looked at it that way I bet! I certainly haven’t!).
So where do you go from here? Take a look at your lifestyle. What needs to change? And then don’t change everything from one day to the next – that wouldn’t be sustainable (and pretty overwhelming I suspect). Like a diet starving yourself off something isn’t sustainable and likely to just make you yoyo to an even worse weight than you started with.
Make yourself a plan and take one new health step every two months for example. That will introduce 6 healthy habits over a year. Improvements do not have to be large steps; take one small step for your health today, keep that one going, and add another one every two months. You’ll be racing up that NHS health chart before you know it!
Would be great to hear your thoughts on this and what your plans are!

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