You and I both know the importance of making wise or healthy lifestyle choices. In fact every time you consume any form of media – i.e. television, social, radio, and internet you’re more than likely told how important these choices can be over the long haul.
What are they you may ask?
The suspense is killing me.
- Drink Water
How often do you hear that?
Um. Every couple of minutes throughout the day. Maybe more, unless of course you live under a rock, which you don’t.
It’s very important that you drink 8 to 10 (8) ounce glasses of water each day.
Oh wait. That may not be true anymore, but you still need to drink water.
According to Webmd.com there are numerous reasons why you should drink water, but here are 6 reasons that they give you.
- Drinking water helps maintain your body’s balance of fluid. Your body is made up of 60% water.
So, based on that it makes sense to drink water. Also, every function in your body like digesting food and regulating your body temperature requires water. Requiring you to replace it or you will shrivel up like a prune.
- Water helps you eat less
By keeping your stomach full with water, let’s your brain know that you’re full. Therefore you eat less food.
What happens when you eat less food?
You LOSE WEIGHT!
- Your muscles have more energy
Which enables you to function at your best in anything that you do.
- Water helps keep your skin look awesome
Remember 60% of your body is made up of water and that includes your skin. When your body is well hydrated that means your skin is as well, giving your skin a healthy complexion.
- Water keeps your kidneys clean
Why is that important? Your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood and getting rid of the bad stuff. By drinking water it makes sure that none of the bad stuff stays in your kidneys causing problems down the road like kidney disease or kidney failure.
- By consuming adequate water you stay regular
Water keeps your bowels moving and does not allow for your own personal septic tank to get plugged up causing you to seek laxatives to help move those feces along.
Now you know why it’s important to drink water, in which I would recommend you do. Choice is yours.
Even though there are clear health benefits to drinking water, unfortunately the grim reaper is going to come for you anyway.
- Eat Right
Eating right is vague I know. So, let’s clear up what this will mean for the sake of this conversation.
Primarily eating lean meats such as:
- Lean beef
- Fish – salmon
Fruits and vegetables:
- Blueberries and strawberries
Nuts and Legumes:
- Black beans
Eating right means eating all of the above on a consistent basis every single day.
No, eating right does not mean downing pints of Ben & Jerry’s, stuffing your face with chips, pizza, or that decadent piece of chocolate cake. Followed by copious amounts of soda, beer, wine, and liquor. Sorry to disappoint you.
Per Healthline.com the benefits of eating right are as follows.
- Helps you control your weight
True. But what about those of you that can eat whatever you want (this includes my wife) and not gain a single pound? I dislike those people:). Also, eating right keeps you feeling full longer, therefore you eat less.
- Improves your mood
I don’t know about you, but when I stuff my face with pizza, and eat that 46 ounce bone-in Ribeye that makes me pretty damn happy. Just saying. Even though that pizza tastes great and the Ribeye is delicious I don’t feel so good afterwards and makes my mood worse as my stomach is killing me.
- Combats diseases
I am sure it does, but what about those who eat full fat foods for their entire life and don’t die of a disease? There are a lot of those people still out there today. I think some of this new fangeled Organic food will kill you just the same. If you eat more whole foods and less crap your chances of developing a disease is less than if you ate full fat, processes foods.
- Boosts energy
I can get pretty jacked up on Mountain Dew and Sour Patch Kids to tell you the truth. Your energy will be more consistent as opposed to the sugar crash you experience ingesting pure sugar if you eat the right foods previously mentioned.
- Improves longevity
You’re odds are more than likely greater, but by how much?
This all comes back to the original premise of this article which is even if you do eat right you will be guaranteed of taking a dirt nap at some point. It’s just a matter of when.
Moving on to our next item.
- Getting enough sleep
We all love our sleep, but once you have kids forget about it! You’re lucky to get a good 5 maybe 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
Long gone are the 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, which is good for your sanity and helps you feel bright-eyed and bushy tailed the next morning. Okay, maybe not everyone.
At least you won’t feel like a zombie.
Health.com has outlined 11 benefits of sleep. Here they are.
- Improved memory
Not remembering everything is not such a bad thing, but I suppose there are those who wish they could remember more. You can increase your ability to learn something new and that ability to learn gets better when you sleep.
- Allows you to live longer
Too much (is there such a thing as too much sleep?) or too little sleep can determine how long you live.
- Curbs inflammation
Inflammation is linked to premature aging, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Gets the creative juices flowing
This allows your brain to reorganize and restructure better, which can result in an increase in creativity levels.
- Helps you be a winner
If you’re an athlete getting enough sleep will help you achieve peak performance. Same can be said if you’er not an athlete.
- Improves your grades in school
Those who got sleep had lower grades in school especially at the collegiate level.
- Sharpens your attention span
Lack of sleep can cause kids to get ADHD like whereas adults get sleepy. Sleeping helps sharpen your focus.
- Maintain a healthy body weight
If you do not sleep enough certain hormones in your body trigger that you’re hungry causing you to eat too much at once or when you’re body really does not need it.
- Lower stress levels
Stress hormones can wreak havoc on your body, especially when sleep deprived. You have lower stress levels with adequate sleep.
- Less accident prone
You have a tendency to have less accidents as you are alert and aware of everything taking place around you.
- Wards off depression
You achieve greater emotional stability when you sleep enough.
Even if you get adequate sleep night-in and night-out and heed all of the benefits we discussed you will check out permanently at some point.
The fourth and final thing.
Pumping out a few reps on the bench press at the gym or going for a walk can produce feel good endorphins that can make you feel like Superman, if only for a second.
The Mayo Clinic came up with some benefits of regular physical activity.
- Exercise can help you control your weight
Meaning it allows you to burn off additional calories that might otherwise be stored as fat. Also, exercise speeds up your metabolism that allows you to burn more calories while you’re sitting on the couch.
- Combats health conditions and diseases
Exercise can play a pivotal role in reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, diabetes, stroke, you name it.
- Exercising improves your mood
When your mood is improved you have a more positive outlook on life, which can lead to a better quality of life.
- Exercise boosts energy
This goes back to maintaining a healthy weight. You have a boost in energy as you’re not carrying around that propane tank around your waist line, thus you have more energy.
- Quality of sleep improves
By exercising you become more tired, which means you fall asleep faster and have a deeper, more restful sleep.
- Exercise can put the spark back in your sex life
By exercising chances are you look and feel better, thus more willing to jump in the sack and get it on with your significant other.
- Exercising can be fun
Exercise allows you to connect with family and friends in a social way. This will make whatever physical activity you’re doing more fun.
We’ve discussed all of the great benefits of exercise and they truly are great, but you’ll still get to visit the pearly white gates at some point no matter how much you exercise.
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