Living a healthy lifestyle is not just about being responsible and trying to tack on a few extra years to the end of your life. All too often being healthy seems to mean sacrificing fun and pleasure along the way. And if that’s the case, why bother? A shorter but more fulfilling life seems far more desirable than a longer but miserable one.
But the fact of the matter is, those aren’t your only options. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be miserable and, in fact, it can actually make your life a lot more enjoyable. Here are some of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle:
Eating healthy and staying active can do wonders for your mood. At the biological level, both of these things release hormones that contribute to lowering stress and boosting happiness. At the mental level, it makes you feel more self-confident and motivated. All around, the way you live reflects on the way you feel. So if you are a lethargic couch potato, you are going to feel (and probably look) like a lethargic couch potato. If you are fit and active, you are going to feel like.
It’s not tough to see that active, healthy people have more fun. Not only does it get supremely boring sitting around the house all day when compared to going out and playing sports or exploring the wilderness; but they are physically capable of having more fun. They have more energy, strength, and stamina which is great for outdoors and in the bedroom!
Eating healthy and enjoying quality outdoor activities not only makes life more fun and fulfilling but it will also dramatically lower your hospital bill. Having fun is the best preventative medicine!
As mentioned earlier, a healthy lifestyle will boost your mood dramatically. Part of that is lowering your stress. This doesn’t mean that the stressful things in your life will disappear but it does mean you will be better able to deal with them. No matter what life throws at you, you will be able to take it in stride and handle it like a pro rather than flying off the handle. This is because a healthy lifestyle will reduce the stress hormones, making you physically incapable of overreacting or worrying too much.
Some people believe that sports are nothing but hard work and exhaustion or that eating healthy means counting calories religiously while eating nothing but bland and tasteless meals three times a day. But neither is the case. When you are just starting out making your lifestyle healthier, try all the activities that are out there. Of course, some won’t be your thing but you will find some activities that are so fun and fulfilling, you will kick yourself for not starting sooner. And a healthy diet doesn’t mean cutting out flavor, it just means balancing your meals. Eat a little of everything for each meal. Plus, veggies can be surprisingly delicious when cooked well.