You might think that staying healthy is difficult. It can certainly seem that way can’t it, particularly when you read all the reports in the media claiming that we have to exercise constantly or cut out lots of different food from our diet. Gluten, red meat, fast food and other foods have all been named as things we need to extradite from our lives.

But is staying healthy really as complicated as most people think? Or, are there simple ways to keep your health in check that don’t require that much effort at all. Thinking about this question, it’s important to consider what science says about our health while using a little common sense and taking some advice from doctors. There are certain things in life that do negatively impact your health so let’s start there and find out whether you need to worry about all health scare hashtags you see trending in social media these days.

Don’t Just Do Nothing

This is perhaps the easiest way someone can stay healthy. Basically, you shouldn’t spend your day doing nothing. Instead, you should work to make sure you are staying active through the day, the week, the month and the year.

The biggest issue here is probably binge watching. These days, most people don’t want to go to the cinema to enjoy some entertainment. Instead, they binge-watch a show for well over ten hours. If you want proof of this, just look at Stranger Things. The second season of the show is now the most popular watched series in America, and it’s no coincidence that this is something that is released in one massive block for fans to enjoy.

The problem here is that research shows that sitting doing nothing for long periods of time can be just as damaging to your health as cancer. So, this binge-watching habit that many people have grown accustomed to could be worse for us than we think.

Of course, it’s not just in our personal lives where people are sitting doing next to nothing for hours on end. Think about the time you spend at work. Most people are going to be sat for hours staring at a computer screen and typing. This isn’t good for your body or your mind.

This means that there are at least two things you should be doing to stay healthy. First, make sure that you are staying active through the day. This can be exercise, or it may just be part of your daily routine. You can adjust your life to encompass more active possibilities. For instance, rather than catching the bus or driving to work you could cycle.

Perhaps you could complete squats, sit-ups or even sit on an exercise bike while watching your latest binge-able show. Keeping your body active is going to benefit you not just now but in the future. You’ll be able to stay active as you age without the typical aches and pains.

What About Diet?

 

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Diet is tricky because no one seems to have any concrete info on what is and isn’t good for you. You might think that you shouldn’t eat gluten, but there’s actually very little scientific evidence that gluten, at least in typical quantities negatively impacts the body. How about red meat? Some reports actually say that a little red meat is good for you and the same is true with salt and other things that food producers are quickly removing from their ingredients.

The general rule here is a little of anything bad can be good, and a lot of anything good can be bad. For instance, while fruit is technically good for you, it’s still not healthy to eat nothing but that as recommended or even embraced by some diets. You will commonly see this with celebrities. Kaley Cuoco, star of The Big Bang Theory, was proud of admitting that she lost weight and toned her body on a diet of purely almond nuts. This is, quite frankly an insane way to live, and while you may lose weight, you will be doing no favors for your body.

Instead, the basic principle to follow her is to make sure you are eating a balanced diet. That doesn’t mean that you should just be eating fruit, veg and other healthy foods. You need a little of the bad stuff too, the sweets and yes, dare we say it, the sugar. As long as you don’t go overboard here, this is the true definition of a balanced diet.

Arguably the one thing you should avoid is processed foods. Processed foods, ready meals and TV dinners all have the same problems. They’re packed with sugar, made of low-quality ingredients and will have a negative impact on your body. You should avoid these as much as possible. Of course, to an extent, all  food that you buy is processed, so perhaps a better term to use would be extensively processed. We’re talking about meals that have had parts added purely to increase the quantity or add flavor.

Heading To The Doctors

Deal with doctors and health professionals while looking after yourself is a little like a catch 22 situation. On the one hand, you need to make sure you can reach out to health pros when and if you need to. On the other, it’s important not to become paranoid and continuously check on your health. But how do you do this?

Well, you need to make sure you have health coverage, and it’s important to realize that this is not just about making sure you can go see a doctor whenever you need to. You need to be covered for dental issues, optical issues and hearing issues as well. You must make sure that you can get treatment for every aspect of your health.

You might think that your dental health isn’t important. Many people feel this way and fail to use services offered by companies like GoMedigap to get the coverage they need with additional medicare supplements. However, you must understand that oral issues can lead to serious health problems. For instance, a problem with your oral health can be one of the early signs of cancer. If this is the case, then it needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Other dental health issues can include gum disease and a dead tooth. Both can have a serious impact on your health and may even affect the structure of your jaw. It’s easy to think that dental issues are always going to be small health issues, but that’s just not the case when you look at some of the serious possibilities.

Stress Is The Real Killer

We’re told time and time again that we have to watch our diet, how much we exercise and various other aspects of our health. But how many times a day are you told to keep your levels of stress in check? How many times do you hear about that one on the news? Looking back it is, surprisingly, uncommon.

Despite the fact that there is an overwhelming amount of research linking stress to health, it’s hardly ever highlighted in the media. That’s an issue because stress won’t just cause your hair to fall out. It could, with no exaggeration, lead to the development of cancer. Researchers have certainly pointed out that there seems to be a correlation between the two, though perhaps not a direct cause.

As such, it is worth considering ways to reduce the level of stress that you feel in your life. Our advice here is to try meditation. You might dismiss meditation as new science nonsense, but it actually has promising positive effects on both the body and the mind. Indeed, research has shown that regular meditation can even help build new pathways in the brain which is rather fascinating. Examining the MRI scans of buddhist monks who have spent years of their life meditating, researchers were shocked to discover that the brain scans were radically different to a typical individual.

Meditation is all about clearing your head of thoughts, and you can start to do this by focusing on one thing rather than trying to think about nothing. Thinking about nothing is actually quite difficult to master. The good news is that once you start to meditate, you might find that you accomplish mindfulness.

Often seen as a higher state of mind, this feels like gaining a form of clarity. You will feel less stressed and may be able to solve some of the problems that are causing you issues in your life.

We hope this helps you look after your health and in turn, your health will look after you. What do we mean by this? Basically, staying in good health will lead to positive benefits for your quality of life, and it’s easier than you think. If you take this advice, you can avoid issues with your health, and you won’t have to worry about problems later in life. Try to avoid the scaremongering in the media though. You don’t have to live a life of purity completely away from junk food and other ‘terrible’ things to stay in good health.