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5 Healthy Living Habits

Updated on June 13, 2011
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Are you committed to improving your overall health and well being? Whether you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, improving your eating habits and committing to regular exercise is a good place to start. Here are five healthy living tips to help you begin.

5 Tips for Healthy Living

1. Stay Hydrated

It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of drinking a sufficient quantity of water. Generally speaking, it’s best to drink between eight and ten glasses of water daily.

If you are dehydrated, your body can’t function at peak capacity. Additionally, it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger, resulting in consumption of unnecessary calories when what your body really needs is water.

2. Avoid Starvation

Don’t make the mistake of cutting your calorie consumption too low if when you are trying to lose weight. While it seems logical to think that the less you eat, the more weight you will lose, that is not the case if you cut calories too drastically.

If you don’t consume a sufficient number of calories, your body will go into starvation mode. As a result, your metabolism will slow down and you will not lose weight.

3. Consume Fiber Rich Foods

Fiber rich foods are an important part of any healthy diet. Whether you want to lose weight or improve your health, you can’t go wrong when you make sure that your diet includes plenty of fiber. Choose a variety of fiber-rich foods, including healthy whole grains, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits.

4. Enjoy a Balanced Diet

While there are many diet plans that recommend removing entire types of food from your diet, such plans are not the best option. Diets that are too low in fat or too low in carbohydrates don’t provide the full spectrum of nutrients that your body needs to function at peak capacity for the long term.

You shouldn’t completely eliminate fats or carbohydrates from your diet. Instead, make wise food decisions that include eating the right types of fats and carbohydrates on a regular basis.

5. Exercise Regularly

Exercise is a key component of any healthy lifestyle program. You don’t have to train for a marathon or become a professional weightlifter, and you don’t even have to join a gym. However, it is important to get moving on a regular basis if you want to improve your overall health and well being.

Pick an activity that you enjoy – like walking, running or bicycling – and get moving three or more days per week.

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  • Gail Meyers profile image

    Gail Meyers 

    5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

    Great reminders! Thanks! Voted up.

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    ghomefitness 

    7 years ago from Chicago,IL

    Good tips.

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