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ABC’s Of Staying Healthy Plus An Equation For Living a Healthy Life

Updated on March 3, 2016

A means Abstinence

Staying healthy requires a lot of self reflection and thinking to be successful. With a longer life expectancy of human beings as compared to pre-modern age, people are now more vigilant to think about and create ways to even extend the lives of everyone existing. Numerous acronyms and mnemonics have been developed by nutritionist scientists to help people have a guide on how to stay healthy. One of these would be the ABC’s of staying healthy, a very simple and effective way of adding to the long list of patterns to keep healthy.

“A” is for abstinence. Probably many would be thinking that this seems like the same ABC tip for responsible sex. Though the keywords used in the ABC’s of healthy staying are similar except for the last one, the ideas are completely in different context as this would specifically target more of a person’s lifestyle in everyday living.

Abstinence is to be practiced by a person in declining the things that would not make him healthy in the process. Unless it is required such as a career that would limit the choice to either quit the job or to counter the effects with good health staying, abstinence on a great level is required of the person should he wish to start staying healthy and maintain being healthy.

Abstinence is essential for any individual to serve as a disciplinary concept. Without the discipline of knowing when to say ‘NO’, it is certainly difficult to abstain from things people have learned to love.

B means To Be Faithful

“B” is for “Be Faithful”. Being faithful is being able to maintain  and hold focus on your objective of healthy living. It doesn’t mean that you totally become a no-nonsense robot who only distinguishes black from white, but being lenient can be a risky thing to inculcate. Though it is not really to bend the rules from time to time because of compelling reasons, it can develop into a nasty habit of having an excuse for every single choice that should have been for staying healthy.

C stands for Calisthenics

Calisthenics i.e. exercise is and has always been part of any healthy program designed for health seekers and health conscious alike. Calisthenics does not mean the rigorous training that one sees in magazines and advertisements. Those are for bodybuilders who want to reshape their bodies into sculptured specimens of humanity. Calisthenics are just simple activities which would allow one’s self to move regularly and permit the proper flow of blood to different parts of the body for optimal blood cell oxygenation.

Ideally, calisthenics should be done everyday for at least forty to fifty minutes which includes aerobic exercise. Not only does this type of exercice improve the cardiovascular flow of the body, it also adds the amount of calories to be burned for the day to maintain the desired fitness level and body weight.

The ABC’s of staying healthy is an elementary concept for anyone to grasp should they wish to maintain a better health state. This is a personal choice as it is a personal endeavor.

An Equation For Staying Healthy

There are many ways and tips to staying healthy. From the magazine advertisements, to television, there are many reminders to show us how to stay healthy. Nonetheless, there is an easier tip to relentlessly remind us how to stay healthy.

Though it would not absolutely answer and deliver to all the health issues we may have, we could apply this as a standard of simple measures. An equation for healthy staying could be as easy to remember as one, plus two, plus three, equals 6.


We have to start an equation for  healthy living with the first thing to remember: our life. We only haveone body to take care of, so it should not be that hard to maintain and monitor. In addition, we only have one mind to think for ourselves. We cannot depend on others to tell us how to be healthy or stay healthy. We have to look for the correct information ourselves and apply whatever we learn by ourselves as well.

Another thing about “One” is that we only have one chance in this life to do this. Of course we might be able to put right certain health practices when we go wrong, but how sure is it that we would still have that second chance of living a normal life if the damage cannot be undone? As a result, the “One” that is referenced to in this equation is ourselves.

Plus Two

“Two” in this context  will means that there are only two paths that we can choose i.e. the right and the wrong path. The same analogy goes to a destructive or beneficial  outcome of our bodies. Any choice that we make every single time, we are bringing ourselves closer to  either sickness  or wellness.

Think of it this way: we are like a flag tied at the center of a rope in a tug of war. One end leads to sickness and then death, the other to wellness and then longevity. Every moment that we do something, each choice of food that we make, or even each day that we are on our lifestyle routines, we have to think “To what side are we heading?”

Plus Three

“Three” is would be simple, as it pertains to three main parts of the day: morning, afternoon, and evening. In regard to this, a person has to plan tasks and activities in their appropriate time. There are certain activities that are suitable in the morning, or in the afternoon, and there are also some activities that are suitable in the evening. Any adherence to unplanned schedule would result to added stress, and therefore be detrimental to the self.

Activities that are normally good in the morning are early morning sunshine, exercise, a time to, plan other activities for the rest of the day, reflect, and have breakfast. As in the afternoon, continued work from the morning, a little bit of entertainment perhaps, and an enthusiasm to get home and have a deserved rest. Evenings can be very good for a cool down walk in your neighborhood, spend time with loved ones, watch some television, and finally go to bed.

The exact activities that are placed into these three different times can be different from one person to another depending mainly on a person’s work schedule and career. Nevertheless, it is safe to assume one of these times as sleeping and resting schedule.

Equals Six

“Six” is in regard to the number of meals that one eats everyday. Studies show that the average daily calorie requirement per day is assimilated and best digested if they are distributed into six small meals instead of three large meals. This gives the body time to digest the food at a constant rate without oversupplying and causing the body to store excess nutrients as fat.

The one, plus two, plus three, equals six paradigm is an equation for living a  healthy  life which can be applied to almost everyone, even those who are recuperating, and those who have not had any major ill health yet.

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Sueroy for voting up this hub and am also glad that you find this to be helpful

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      I loved the fact that your advice was well thought out, and balanced. There were no extremes, just life choices.

      Voted up and useful!!!