A healthy lifestyle is not just about exercise

Maintaining a healthy, happy lifestyle is not all about exercise, although a more active routine does have proven health benefits. According to the NHS, regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer by up to 50% while also lowering the possibility of an early death by up to 30%. However, a healthy lifestyle means taking into consideration other important aspects of maintaining a healthy immune system. Below are some examples of other lifestyle aspects besides exercise that are crucial in keeping a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Nutrition

A balanced diet is an important part of any lifestyle. Having the right amount of nutrition is important as it is necessary to keep your body functioning properly. Making sure to consume the right amount and type of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, fats as well as vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which are all important parts of a balanced diet. Without the right amount of nutrients, our bodies will slowly shut down which can eventually lead to heart failure and other illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

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A Healthy Sex life

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According to Michael W. Smith, MD, a healthy sexual life can lower blood pressure, lessen pain, reduce prostate cancer risk, improve sleep and also reduce stress – a welcomed bonus for all the busy women (and men) out there. Furthermore, having sex twice a week can reduce the risk of having a heart attack by half. It is believed that those who have regular sex are up to 45% less likely to develop heart conditions than those who are less sexually active.

The British Heart Foundation has launched a campaign called the “Get your 30 minutes a day, anyway” which encourages the over-50s to take up 30 minutes of any kind of exercise a day (including sex) to promote their general health. However, a healthy sex life not only includes regular sexual activity. It also includes safe sex and staying safe from possible STIs. Safe sex and prevention is better than treating an infection. Nonetheless, if one has been contracted, it is best to treat it as soon as possible. There are two options for this, the first is to talk to your GP. The second is to opt for online doctor solutions which include familiar high street names such as Superdrug which offer treatments for STIs. These are great for helping people who might be embarrassed by their medical situation or may want to avoid being stigmatised.

Sleep

Sleeping is good for maintaining healthy brain function and improving emotional wellbeing. Sleep is needed to rest the body and mind and without a good night’s sleep, your body will not function as well the following day. It has been proven that sleep is involved in healing and repairing your heart and blood vessels. A good night’s sleep improves learning and is very important, especially to young people attending school or university.

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All of these factors work together to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and therefore concentrating on only one of them will not lead to optimal results. Making sure to obtain enough from each category will help ensure a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.

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