Health organisations around the world recommend healthy adults aim to walk around 10,000 steps per day, to remain in good health. Children and adolescents should be taking between 12,000, to 14,000 steps and seniors just a little under 10,000. The days may be busy and full, but due to a reliance on convenience and technology, many people are walking under 3,000 steps per day without realizing they are relatively inactive. A pedometer is an easy, inexpensive tool to count the number of steps taken each day and improve health.
Sleep is important for everyone. Many people look forward to sleeping while others dread bed time. Most people will at some time suffer from minor sleep problems, while others will experience more serious sleep issues. Regardless of which category a person falls into, going to bed and waking at approximately the same time each day and night, can help an individual develop a healthy sleep schedule and promote a better night’s sleep.
Being in a positive mood can be beneficial to mind and body. Being surrounded by positive people creates a positive environment. An individual could be in a fantastic mood, spend five minutes with a negative person and then feel totally depressed. Spending time with people in a positive mood can make a person feel better and stay healthy.
Too much stress can have a huge impact on physical and mental health. When under stress blood pressure rises and heart rate increases. This can be caused by taking shallow breaths rather than deep breaths. If an individual can take a few minutes to focus on breathing, they will become calmer and less stressed. This is achieved by breathing through the nose for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of two and slowly exhaling through the mouth for six counts. If an individual is breathing deeply, the abdomen will rise as they breathe in. This is a fast and effective way to reduce stress and can be done in almost any situation.
Eating a balanced diet may appear difficult, but it’s really quite straightforward. Including more servings of fruits and vegetables into the diet is a great way to start. Studies have shown that fruits such as blueberries, vegetables such as broccoli, drinks such as coffee and even dark chocolate may have health benefits, so eating a variety of different foods is the key to staying healthy.
Staying healthy is a process and taking steps to take care of body and mind is achievable for most people.
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