Have you ever truly considered why there’s such an emphasis on healthy living? We know that we should, but why? The answer lies within both health and nutrition.
What is Health?
We need to start off by focusing on what the term health covers. Exercise and nutrition are the first few terms which come to mind but health involves so much more. Health covers your physical, mental and social wellbeing, along with your living at home state. Quite simply, it refers to how your body feels, your positivity in thinking, your network of family/friends and living somewhere which you can call home. If you’re happy and comfortable with all these factors, then you are living healthy.
Health in Australia
But how many people are living healthy in Australia? These statistics may surprise you:
These statistics show that many Australians are not living healthy and explains why a lifestyle change is needed for so many Australians. By living healthy, we’d be able to reduce these alarming statistics. It will also lead to happiness, stronger protection from illnesses and a longer life expectancy. A healthy lifestyle impacts your physical, mental and social wellbeing in a positive manner so that you feel more confident and increase the strength in your body.
If you’re not living healthy, then it’s not too late to change. Lifestyle changes you could make are:
- Stop smoking
- Stop excessive alcohol consumption
- Reduce consumption of free sugars
- Reduce consumption of high sodium food
- Stop illicit drug usage
- Start exercising
Nutrition also plays a significant role on your health as it is the first step towards preventing diseases. Because of this, we need an understanding of what nutrition is.
Nutrition is the fuel which helps our body function. It is a combination of both the macro (protein, carbs and fats) and micro (vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals) nutrients we ingest from the food we eat to the liquids we drink.
The Benefits of Nutrition
Nutrition is such an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. With the right nutrients going into the body, the body will grow and strengthen over time. It can repair damages that have occurred internally within your body, e.g. tissue damage, and provide you with energy in life to create a state of happiness and healthiness.
What this means for you
When you stand in front of a mirror, the person you see looking back is influenced by the steps that you have taken to live a healthy life. If you’re not happy with the person looking back at you, then it’s never too late to make a change. By living healthy, you can experience greater happiness, confidence, a stronger body and greater protection from illnesses. What’s not to love about living healthy?