Steps for a simply healthy life

Posted April 14, 2011 by Katie

Green saladMost of us want to live a good long life, especially if we can be healthy. There are no guarantees in life, but the more we do today to keep ourselves healthy, the better our chances of being healthy as we age.

As you read over the list below, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I already doing this?
  • If not, what’s stopping me

Top 10 things to do to be as healthy as you can:

  1. Eat healthy foods.
  2. Maintain a reasonable body weight.
  3. Get regular exercise.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  5. Don't abuse alcohol or drugs, including tobacco.
  6. Keep close relationships with friends and family.
  7. Manage stress.
  8. Keep your mind active.
  9. Feed your soul.
  10. Be proactive with your health care.

The top three items are some of the biggest health issues in America today. Many people do not eat a well-balanced diet, and more and more Americans are overweight and bordering on being obese.

If you want to start to make some changes, pick one of these areas and start slowly with simple things. For example, have a piece of fruit as your snack instead of candy, chips or sweets. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Call a friend and go for a walk at lunch.

Pick something you think you can do, make a plan on how you will do it and go for it. Keep working at it until you succeed!

Additional resources

American Heart Association Healthy Diet Guidelines

 Fitness: Adding more activity to your life

Photo credit: Joe Buckingham

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.