Seven states have an obesity rate of 35% or higher.
Twenty-nine states have an obesity rate of at least 30%.
That's not including people who are overweight.
So it's becoming abundantly clear that although everyone knows that their health is important, a good majority of us aren't doing what it takes to actually be healthy.
We know the soda tastes good. We know you just had a long day at work and all you want to do is sit down and watch TV.
However, the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle are far greater than the joy you get from the taste of that soda, or the relaxation you get from lounging on the couch all night.
A lifetime of health is more valuable than the momentary pleasure of taste.
There are an infinite amount of reasons to live a healthy life. Here are six.
1. Your Body Will Hold Up Better Against Infections
When you increase the level of nutrients in your body with a balanced diet and cut out sugars and processed foods, you raise your antioxidant level.
This, in turn, strengthens your defense system against infections and free radicals.
So when everyone around you has the sniffles or the flu, you'll feel just fine. Who wouldn't want that?
2. Improved Mental Health
Your mood and cognitive function play a significant role in your overall quality of life, productivity, and healthy relationships.
According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, the following is associated with higher levels of depression and anxiety in women:
- A diet high in saturated fats
- Consuming excessive refined carbs
- High alcohol intake
On the other hand, a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains shows much lower levels of depression and anxiety.
More research is still needed in this area, but eating a balanced diet full of complex carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats appear to be an excellent way to protect your mental health.
3. Your Confidence Will Increase
When you start eating healthy, exercising, and dropping all those bad habits, you'll start feeling better about your body.
When you start feeling good about your body, you become a much more confident person every time you look in the mirror.
Maintaining a healthy and fit body can boost your self-esteem and overall confidence.
When your body looks good on the outside, that usually translates to feeling good on the inside.
Your new-found confidence will be seen in every aspect of your life, every day, including at home, at work, and out with friends.
Living a healthy lifestyle is a great way to gain confidence and feel good about yourself.
4. Improves Longevity
Everyone wants to live long enough to be able to play with their grandkids.
When you practice healthy habits, you are increasing your chances of a longer life.
The American Council on Exercise recently completed an eight-year study of 13,000 people.
The study found that people who walked just 30 minutes every day significantly reduced their chances of dying prematurely, compared to those who exercised infrequently.
Being able to spend more quality time with your loved ones is reason enough to go for a walk every day.
Start with one short walk if you need to, eventually increasing them to 30 minutes.
5. Keep Medical Costs Down
The best way to avoid the astronomical cost of medical care is to reduce your need for your doctor.
Don't cancel your annual visits or avoid getting aches and pains checked out when necessary, but living a healthy lifestyle will help reduce those "in-between" appointments.
Healthcare costs per year are much higher for obese people compared to their thinner counterparts.
Eating healthy and exercising will not only help you live longer and healthier, but it'll keep some money in your pocket as well.
6. You Will Be an Inspiration
This is one of the best-unintended side effects of living a healthy lifestyle.
When you start living a healthy lifestyle with exercise and taking better care of yourself, people notice.
You might even start to make people follow suit.
If you're a parent to young kids, they will see you exercise, and they'll know that you put effort into eating healthy, and they'll end up doing the same, even if it's subconsciously.
If you're part of a family who has never prioritized health, your new zest for life could inspire them to pick up some healthy habits as well.
Your desire to live a healthy life is bound to rub off on someone else eventually.
There's no better feeling than being the inspiration that turned someone's life around.
Start Living Healthier Today
There's that cliche old saying, "there's no better time than now."
Even though it's cliche, it's true.
If you want to embrace a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body, there's no better time to start than now.
Start by putting down the soda and picking up a bottle of water. Instead of collapsing on the couch, go for a walk around the neighborhood.
Ditch the potato chips and go with some fresh fruit.
Care about yourself and your body.
Another easy thing you can do is visit a chiropractor.
Not only can they make sure your body is functioning at an optimal level, but they can give you nutrition tips and recommend specific exercises and stretches you can do.
The doctors at the Arrowhead Clinic have years of experience and expertise helping people be the healthiest versions of themselves.
They would absolutely love to do the same. And, it's free to talk to them about it.
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