What Are Good & Bad Healthy Lifestyle Choices?

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Exercise is one example of a healthy lifestyle choice. (Image: Anetlanda/iStock/Getty Images)

Everyone makes both good and bad lifestyle choices. You may make the choices you do because of learned habits, stress, exhaustion and even timeliness. To live a healthy lifestyle you need to have a nutrient-rich diet, moderate exercise each week, get enough rest and avoid products that can lead to unhealthy habits.

Diet

Following a diet plan rich in vitamins and nutrients will help your body function fully. Eat from each group on the USDA food pyramid to ensure you aren’t missing out on anything. If you aren’t getting the proper nutrition you may experience weight gain and become prone to illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. If you have certain dietary requirements, consult your physician before starting nutritional supplements.

Exercise

The recommended amount of exercise is between 30 to 60 minutes four to six days a week. If you are just beginning an exercise plan, don’t burn yourself out, do what you can. Any amount of exercise is better than no exercise at all. Exercise is a healthy lifestyle choice because it can help you reduce your risk for diseases and certain effects of aging, keeps your body fit and healthy, helps reduce stress, improves sleep and increases energy.

Sleep

Sleep may seem like an unimportant factor in your health, but really it plays a large role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While sleeping, your body restores and reverses minor damages. It is recommended that both children and adults get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day. If you aren’t getting enough sleep you may experience moodiness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, reduced creativity and even weight gain.

Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

The use of alcohol, illegal drugs and smoking can all lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Illegal drugs are both dangerous and addicting. If you are someone who even occasionally uses drugs, you should seek help and avoid situations where drugs are present. Smoking is bad for your overall health and can cause illnesses such as cancer, emphysema and heart disease to name a few. Alcohol should be used in moderation. An occasional drink can be good for you, but excessive use of alcohol can lead to abuse. If you come from a family with alcohol abuse, drink alcohol cautiously. If you think you have a problem visit your physician to find ways to regulate your alcohol intake.

Further Assistance

If you are looking into making any drastic lifestyle changes it is a good idea to meet with your doctor. Your doctor can help you change any unhealthy choices you currently make and get you on the right path to making healthy choices. Your doctor can be of assistance in nutritional and fitness planning.

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