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7 Benefits of Healthy Living

Updated on July 26, 2013
There are plenty of benefits of living a healthy life.
There are plenty of benefits of living a healthy life.

Introduction

There are a quite a benefits of healthy living, and in this article we'll take a look at a few of those.

I'll weave in my personal story and experiences. I'll share what has worked for me and what hasn't.

If you're having second thoughts about living a more balanced, healthy life, I say don't, because it's worth the effort, even though it may be a struggle at first.

So let's dive right into the different benefits, shall we?

1. Energy

One of the biggest benefits of healthy living is energy. When your body isn't burdened by having to digest food that isn't really food, it gives you ample amounts of energy for other things, such as having fun, enjoying life, running around, and so on.

This sometimes takes time, because if you've been eating an unhealthy diet and you start eating healthier, your body will take advantage of that and start getting rid of bad stuff.

So don't be alarmed if at first you feel worse. Just eat healthy and stay with it.

2. Mood

Another benefit is mood. Yes, you can actually turn up your happiness by eating healthier. Researchers back me up on this benefit.

When you start eating more whole foods, fruits and vegetables, you'll start getting more vitamins and minerals in your body, which is good news.

If you eat nutritionally deficient food, it will affect everything you do from mood to brain function to overall health.

3. Fun

I went back and forth whether or not to add this benefit here because it's a bit unconventional, but one thing you will experience is fun, depending on how you look at things.

When you go into living a healthier lifestyle with the attitude that change is fun (not easy), you will find the journey easier.

For example, one thing you can do is try out green smoothies. And yes, you can make them taste extremely good, and they will give you energy for the whole day. On top of that, they'll fill your body up with nutritional goodness.

Here's a video on the power of green smoothies:

4. Charisma

Let's face it, we're hardwired to be more attracted to healthy people. Somehow, somewhere on a subconscious level, we know when people are healthy, and when they are not.

Now obviously we can't know 100% of the time, and we all have different tastes, but one of the big benefits of healthy living is attractiveness. Your weight, size, height, color doesn't matter, because you are perfect the way you are.

But when you start eating and living healthier, you will become irresistible to the right people, even more so than you were before.

5. Save Money

The healthier you become, the more you reduce you risk of ending up in the hospital or with an illness. It's insurance for the future. Cool, isn't it?

This is a tough one though, because it's hard to change your habits and to change your lifestyle. It feels easier and more rewarding to just stick with what you've always done.

And let's not even go into the whole battle of the mind on what you eat and how you live. It's tricky, no one is saying it's easy, but I am saying that it is worth it.

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6. Sleep

When you start exercising, eating better, and thinking better, you start sleeping better, which again makes everything even better.

It's a positive cycle that keeps going up and up and up. Sleep is crucial to your wellbeing, so whatever you do, don't skimp on it.

Make sure you go to sleep on time, that you sleep in a calm environment, and that you get your 6-8 hours per day. Do whatever you can to get those hours in!

7. Stress

And last but not least, when you eat healthier, you help your body handle stress better. Your body no longer has to worry so much about what you're eating, so it can focus on helping you with other things.

When your stress levels go down, your health once again improves. You sleep better, think better, feel better, and move better.

It's amazing how the benefits of healthy living just keep piling up, isn't it?

Takeaway

The simple takeaway is that living a healthy, balanced life is well worth it. Yes, there will be obstacles on your path, and it won't always be easy, but it WILL be worth it.

The key is to start with small, small steps. Don't try to overhaul your lifestyle in one go. Instead start by switching one food for a healthier one.

If you tend to eat cookies while you watch movies, try eating a healthier variety of popcorn or another healthy snack, maybe even carrots if you feel frisky?

Think baby steps, because the more consistent you can be, the better results you will get. There's no rush, so do things at your own pace.

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