Physical activity and sport are always associated with a correct lifestyle. Here are the secrets to having a healthy lifestyle and feeling better about yourself!
The ancient Romans used to say “Mens sana in corpore sano” and although centuries have passed, the philosophy to have a healthy lifestyle has not changed! Today we often associate a correct and balanced lifestyle with a series of restrictive behavior rules and deprivations of all kinds. In truth, you can have a healthy lifestyle without having to give up (almost) nothing and, above all, leading an intense and happy life.
If you are looking for advice to have a balanced lifestyle, continue reading our handbook. With small tricks and changes in habits, you will be able to discover enormous benefits and, according to different studies, live longer!
Physical activity in a healthy life
Physical activity and sport are always associated with a correct lifestyle. It has been scientifically proven that doing physical exercises helps you live better and longer. What is often not said, however, is that it is not necessary to do a lot of physical activity to have a correct lifestyle?
Recent studies, for example, have shown that a brisk walk of just 15 minutes each day increases the chances of having a longer life by 22 percent, compared to those who do no physical activity.
In general, what we want to tell you is that you just have to play sports two days a week to have a longer life expectancy than average!
Another factor not to be underestimated of sport and physical activity is the psychological aspect. Sport forges the spirit and works great as an anti-stress. Many people who practice sports in the morning, before going to work or school, say they arrive in the office or in the classroom more relaxed and better prepared to face even a stressful day. The psychological factor, as we will reveal shortly, is very important in a correct lifestyle.
Diet for a healthy lifestyle
We definitely live in the age of diets. Every month a new one is born, which promises goodness and who then disappears a bit like fashions. This short paragraph does not want to be a new and miraculous diet, but simply give you some tips on how to have a balanced eating style!
The worst enemy to lose weight and to have a correct lifestyle is the idea that to lose weight you must not eat and therefore go hungry. There is probably no more wrong thinking. If you don’t eat or start eating very little you will end up suffering and not being able to resist. When you finally give up, you’ll throw yourself into the classic “binge” by eating a lot in one shot: harmful to your health and your line. Some studies have shown that losing weight through a strict diet and then resuming it in a few months increases the risk of cardiovascular problems exponentially. So being obsessed with weight, when perhaps you simply have a few extra pounds is not a correct approach to living healthy and happy.
To have a correct diet, you should not eat very little, but often, very often. At the traditional three daily meals, breakfast lunch and dinner, at least two snacks must be added, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Snacks consist of simple and light things, such as fruit or yogurt. Their function is essential because it will allow you to arrive at lunch and dinner not hungry. This concept is as important as it is underestimated: arriving at lunch not hungry not only allows you to eat less, but also to eat slowly!
Eating calmly and chewing well is a fundamental action for a correct and balanced lifestyle. If you eat quickly and hardly chew what you eat this will have two negative effects: it will make your digestion more difficult (digestion begins with chewing) and you will eat much more than you should, because the brain perceives how much you have eaten and how much you have to eat again based on how much you chew.
Finally, the real secret of a healthy diet for a healthy lifestyle is moderation: everything is fine (even French fries) but in the right proportions. As we are going to explain to you in the following paragraph, this principle also applies to another.
Alcohol in a correct lifestyle
The rock stars of the sixties and seventies have gone down in history for their unrestrained (and unhealthy) lifestyle of sex, alcohol, drugs and rock’n’roll. Beyond the past and glorious rock stars, sex and alcohol represent an important component of a satisfying and happy life, but here too with the right moderation. It has been amply demonstrated and publicized that alcohol abuse is very harmful to health. And we would like to point this out here too!
The right doses of alcohol, however, can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. It has been shown by research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that a slight consumption of alcohol is associated with a longer life compared to those who never drink. Now, if you are a non-drinker, don’t start drinking just for the conclusions of this study. But if you’re a social drinker, that’s fine. A half glass of wine at dinner can help you relax after a busy day at work or school, so once again the psychologically positive effect far outweighs the negative effect on health, the important thing is not to overdo it.
Friends and spirituality to feel better
It may seem strange, but some studies have shown that even spirituality, understood in the widest sense of the time, has an important function in having a correct, happy and healthy lifestyle. In practice, it has been noticed that the believers, who belong to a religious community and live it regularly, live longer than average. The reasons are two:
- They have a large social network, so they have more friends and are more active;
- They dedicate at least an hour a week, that of prayer, to spirituality and to their own psychological well-being.
Without wishing to convert you, the advice is to dedicate at least ten minutes a day to your spiritual well-being, which does not necessarily mean praying, but also simply to do autogenic training exercises, very useful to reduce stress and live without anxiety.
In short, as you can see, adopting a healthy lifestyle does not mean going to the gym every day, or giving up food, social, spiritual or sexual life. Indeed, it means doing all this, but doing it better!