Importance of a healthy lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps to keep us active for longer, increase our healthy life expectancy and help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
But what is a healthy lifestyle?
I believe a healthy lifestyle is combining good nutrition with regular exercise.
Many of us find this challenging to achieve, as we lead busy lives with work and family. But, with the right guidance and belief, you can achieve your fitness goals and reap the rewards.
This will always depend on your fitness goals and is dependent on a number of variables, including:
- body type
- medical conditions
- muscle mass
Adults are advised to take part in 150 minutes of moderate-vigorous cardiovascular exercise each week, which may include a brisk walk and resistance training two or three times a week, aiming to train each major muscle group.
Nutrition & you
Maximising a healthy lifestyle includes ENJOYING a balanced diet.
The word 'diet' throws up a lot of emotion for lots of people and for lots of different reasons. Food doesn't need to be stressful, despite that being easier said than done!
It is important to remember that food is there as an integral part of life - we need it to survive! But, it is also there to be enjoyed and that includes sweet treats and drinks in moderation!
That being said, you should aim to nourish your body with all the goodness food can bring to you.
In the UK, we are advised to follow Public Health England's Eatwell Guide. Click on the link below to learn more...
Rest & Relax
Life can be demanding and stressful. Managing stress and allocating time for you o relax is a fundamental part of achieving a healthy lifestyle.
When we are stressed our bodies respond by releasing cortisol (commonly referred to as the 'stress hormone', and this may affect your fitness goals. Having said that, cortisol is an important hormone and we need it to help control bodily functions such as helping to control our blood sugar levels.
But, by giving yourself time to switch off and unwind helps to keep your 'stress hormone' in check!