How healthy are we today?
Our present lifestyles don’t support the healthy choices that can help prevent the development of health problems in later years. Today most of us are not getting what health professionals consider essential for optimum health in terms of diet, exercise or lifestyle habits.
Depletion of nutrition in food, choice of packaged foods, dependence on automobile transport than walking, our sedentary lifestyle and our busy schedules, that leave us little time to exercise and to prepare healthy meals. This has created unhealthy conditions like gaining weight and getting sick faster than ever.
Factors that impact our health are low nutrition in the food we eat, fast food diets those are high in fat and low in nutrition, over processed convenience foods, sedentary lifestyle, pollution, stress,, certain medications, lack of dietary fiber from fruits, vegetables and whole grains, inadequate intake of protein in our diet to support muscles and bones and lack of proper rest.
The dietary factors associated with following four are leading causes of death today - Heart disease,Diabetes,Cancer and Stroke.
The recipe for Health Wellness is balanced diet combined with sufficient water and exercise. 20 minutes of exercise every day can make dramatic change in your body shape and condition.
Muscle mass helps protect bone mass, which is especially important for women. Water plays an essential role in helping our body process nutrients, maintain normal circulation and keep the proper balance of fluids. Drinking plenty of water is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight. By combining these three keys to daily wellness, you are going to enjoy the opportunity to feel good day after day.
Here are a few steps to achieve optimum health wellness
- Define your wellness goals
- Have an evaluation of your personal wellness.
- Identify areas you need to work on to reach your wellness goals.
- Get recommendations/suggestions/tips form your personal wellness coach.
- Make a plan of action that you can commit to.
- Get on going support to stay on your wellness track for a healthier future.
Source: Jagran Cityplus Dec 10, 2010
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