Five steps to healthiness

By Jack Robaszkiewicz

Lifeatstart.com reporter

My whole life I’ve taken good care of my body. I always ate right, got plenty of exercise, and stayed away from anything that was harmful to my body such as drugs or alcohol. Being healthy is easy for me; however, I realize for many others it’s not as simple. So, to help those people out, I decided to share five tips that I believe will make anyone a healthier person.

1.) Get plenty of sleep.

There are many benefits that come along with a good nights rest. People who are well rested tend to be more productive and sharp then those who aren’t. Sleep is one of the most important things that humans need in order to be healthy individuals. Most doctors recommend at least eight hours of sleep for the average adult.

2.) Eat a well-balanced diet.

It is important to have a good diet in order to be a healthy person. This means staying away from processed foods. While processed foods are convenient, they’re not necessarily good for you. Try to create a meal plan that contains food that are high in proteins, unrefined carbs, natural fats, and fiber. This includes foods such as fish, chicken, turkey, etc. It’s also important to include fruits and vegetables into your diet. They provide many natural vitamins and minerals that we need to function properly.

3.) Exercise.

Being physically active is crucial if you want to live a healthy life style. People who exercise generally have more energy throughout the day, are less prone to falling ill, sleep better at night, and have a pleasant mood.  Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend five hours at the gym every day of the week. A good rule of thumb is to spend at least 60 minutes a day doing something physical that increases your heart rate. This includes walking, running, swimming, riding a bike, playing basketball, jumping rope, dancing, etc.

4.) Drink plenty of water.

Water is an essential part of human survival. After all, we are 60% water. You should try to drink one ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should try to drink 160 ounces of water. When someone is properly hydrated, their body works much better. Water flushes all the toxins in our bodies, promotes weight loss, helps form a stronger immune system, prevents headaches, and even helps with cramps and strains.

5.) Don’t smoke tobacco.

Smoking tobacco products is one of the worst things that you can do to your body. Not only do they stink, but they cause your teeth to yellow, your skin becomes wrinkled, your voice becomes raspy, and they make you look many years older. On top of all this, smoking regularly can lead to lung cancer. One cigarette can take up to ten minutes off your life. If you want to live longer, throw the cigarettes away.

It’s never too late to start being healthy. If you follow these basic tips, odds are you’re going to feel like a new person. You’ll have more energy and drive throughout the day. You’ll also look better physically and feel better mentally.