Healthy living, healthy lifestyle-add years to your life

Many people find that changing or improving on their way of life, whether it be fitting a workout program into their hectic schedule or taking the time to fix a healthy meal while on the go is a daunting task or figure it’s way out of their grasp to even bother with giving it the time,

I would like to go over some ways you can incorporate subtle ways into your daily routine that can get you on the right track to healthy living and a healthy lifestyle that in turn will add years to your life, get you feeling younger and give your energy a boost.

Keep energy high 

Keep your diet high in iron, iron can increase your energy and strength which is ideal if you keep a workout program. A diet supplemented with iron will help power you through your workout and give you the energy you need to give it your best, not enough iron in your diet can leave you fatigued.

Eat regular meals  

Many people who are on the  go frequently tend to snack a lot, they don’t take the time to prepare a regular, much less healthy meal. Throughout the course of the day they fill themselves with salty snacks, things high in sugar like candy bars or maybe instead of a healthy breakfast they might head out the door with a doughnut.

The problem with all that snacking is it usually is unhealthy snacks and all those snacks accumulate to more calories than if they had consumed a regular meal. When a person does eat a regular meal, they are often stressed from events throughout the day which can trigger a person to eat too fast.

When it’s meal time, eat slow and breathe between bites and try not to eat to the point of becoming uncomfortably full, if you follow this your digestion will thank you.

Interval training

This is something I have covered in a recent article, high intensity interval training (hiit) this works great for whipping yourself into shape, raising the metabolism and melting the fat away. This is also an excellent option if you have limited time and it doesn’t require any extra equipment.

Drink water

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Make sure that you keep yourself well hydrated and drink plenty of water. Many people feel they need to consume soda or sports drinks to get an edge on energy but all that these drinks do is give you a false sense of energy that will leave you heading for a crash. Consume water and plenty of it and your body and waist line will thank you.

Eat lean meat like chicken, tuna and fish and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and you shouldn’t have a problem with low energy. Another little trick is try some srirach, or maybe spicy srirach, that can increase your metabolism, therefore helping to burn calories faster.

Cooking made simple  

I’m sure there are many people who would love to eat healthy but don’t have the time it takes to prepare those meals. The way technology is changing  things and making the way we live our lives more simplified, it only stands to reason that there are new products on the market that do just that.

For example there are smartphone controlled crock pots that all you have to do is set your evenings meal up ahead of time, set your smartphone to the desired time for cooking, when you come home from work your dinner is ready, it doesn’t get any simpler than that.

There are many other microwavable options that are healthy, especially for those that have little time for cooking. Steam cooked vegetables are an excellent source of nutrition that only takes seconds to prepare, from there it all comes down to what you decide to add, extra salt and butter are good to taste but just keep it to a minimum.

Meditation

Meditation is another positive idea you can do to help alleviate stress from your day. Before bed is an important time to relieve yourself of built up tensions, if not, you may find yourself tired and sluggish looking for quick fixes to help you through the day such as high energy drinks that contain a lot of sugar that can sit heavy around your midsection.

Meditation can help you to focus and redirect your thoughts which is important for mental health, it can increase awareness of yourself and improve concentration, reduce stress and anxiety and increase your attention span.

Meditation can also help to reduce age related memory loss as well as help with addictions and decrease blood pressure.

A beautiful thing about meditation is you can do it anywhere. It doesn’t only need to be in your home and just before bed time, it’s also a great time to meditate upon getting up in the morning, it can ease and prepare your mind before you start your day.

There can be many circumstances throughout the day that can lead a person to stress, such as meetings or presentations. That’s a perfect time to step aside, take a deep breath and spend some time on meditation.

Conclusion

Health is a very important aspect, if you don’t have your health, then that doesn’t leave you with much, mental health is just as important. A good thing to get started with is write down a list of goals for things that you feel you could really use some work on, make a list of the small steps you need to take to achieve success at the larger obstacles.

You can’t expect all this to happen over night, a lot of times the bigger, more important things in life need a little time and persistence to take shape but I believe in you and I know you can do it, keep pushing forward and you can achieve a healthy lifestyle, a lifestyle that you can feel good about.

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12 thoughts on “Healthy living, healthy lifestyle-add years to your life”

  1. Great post and good info.

    Im in the fitness and bodybuilding world for a long time now, and it is shown that having a healthy lifestyle can add up to more than 10 years to tour life. 

    Drinking water and eat regular are 2 things that can help, it is only sad to see in the world of today that people don’t make time for good things anymore such as exercising. 

    I will share this post and hope it will go viral, so people can get an understanding again about how healthy it is. 

    Thanks a lot. 

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  2. As i am over fifty years old definitely wanting to learn how to add years to my life.  I’m so glad I found this post!

    Keeping my energy high is important as well as eating regular meals.  I have overlooked meditation and glad you made me aware of this.  I will start focusing on doing more meditating.

    Thank you!

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  3. Hey great info!! The iron level resonates with me and I would like to try and increase my iron level. I know you had said taking dietary supplements could help with that but are there certain foods (besides vegetables please) that would also help increase my iron levels? To me it makes a lot of sense to have a good energy level to do all the things needed to be healthy. 

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    • Thanks for the feedback. To get back to you on what foods are a good source for iron, I would say eggs, red meat and liver are top choices, oysters are another good one.

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  4. Hi Neil! Thank you very much for this post! Specially starting this year, when resolutions have been made, your site has come at a very opportune time.

    Keeping our diet high in iron. Avoiding unhealthy snaking. Training and drinking abundant water. These are the main points that I know I must and can incorporate into my daily life. Thank you very much!

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  5. Your article is very informative and timely since now is the time that most of us make new year resolutions.I fully agree with all your recommendations,especially drinking water and meditation.Your article appears to be geared to young people, doing weight training and interval training.Do you have recommendations for older people? I am 77 years young and believe in physical exercise to increase my energy. I believe that exercise is necessary at all ages. I want to do more but to live life fully,energy is a must. Are you familiar with Exergames ? These are exercises using WiiFit  platforms in which you must do physical movements do advance in the game.They use motion sensors and hand controllers. I would be very intersted in your recommendations for older people.What type of exercise would be appropiate?.Thank you.

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    • Thanks for your feedback, the exergames sounds like a good plan to stick with, I don’t know if a full analysis of has been provided on studies of patients who have been following a program such as exergames, but I think it is perfectly safe and effective.

      For other ideas could be low impact aerobics, yoga and Thai chi, but as with any program, it would be a good idea to check with your doctor first if you haven’t already, thanks.

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  6. i commend you for this article and at the same time I have few things to point out and few questions to ask.

    My first question is, Just as good diet can make one feel younger as you explained, can it also make one look younger? You made me to understand that iron can increase energy and strength. How?  I thought iron is not an energy supplying nutrient Snacks accumulates calories as u wrote . I was also thought in my school days that energy is measured in calories which is the unit of energy and our body needs these calories to an extent . Well,  I agree with you to an extent when it comes to snacking because too much consumption of snacks is not healthy for any individual  as snacks contains salts and sugar which  can later lead to health conditions such as diabetes resulting from too much sugar and high blood pressure due to too much consumption of salts.

    You made a good point also on Interval training and Meditation which can make an individual healthy and also look younger. Meditation actually helps in age associated memory loss and decrease blood pressure. That was a beautiful point and am looking forward to receiving the response to my questions. Thanks.

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    • Thanks for your feedback, exercise can help you look younger by making your skin glow and exercise can actually make your skin look softer. 

      Iron in it self isn’t necessarily used as an energy booster but too little iron in your diet can can have an effect on getting enough oxygen through your body which can cause low energy levels so taking in more iron can increase oxygen levels in your blood delivering more oxygen throughout your body in effect giving you more energy.

      The body needs energy from o good source of carbs and protein from regular meals, but too much chips and candy aren’t going to give you the proper nutrients you need.

      I hope that answers any questions, thanks.

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