A HEALTHY LIFE IS BUILT UPON A COMBINATION OF HEALTHY HABITS. Here we explore some essential healthy habits that will complement healthy food choices. Consider the following aspects of one’s lifestyle and how they affect health and well-being: family, friends, intimacy, sense of community, spirituality, recreation, time in nature, fulfilling work or career, service, play, and laughter. All of these are important to cultivate in addition to the Habits For Health we will discuss here: breathing, movement, water, and sleep.
The body is composed of 60% to 70% water. Essential for human life, water helps the body to hydrate, to detoxify, to maintain alertness, to regulate body temperature, and to protect and support joints and organs. Symptoms such as fatigue, mental fogginess, headaches, and dry skin can be improved and often solved with better hydration. Most adults lose about 1.5 liters of urine daily. An additional liter of water is lost through breathing, sweating, and bowel movements.
Sleep is essential to good health. While sleeping, the body recovers from the stress of the day. The immune system becomes active to help fight off infections and to help the body detoxify. Most adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, while young children and teenagers may need 10 to 14 hours. Insomnia is a form of sleep disturbance lasting at least one month, characterized by difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, and resulting in clinically significant distress or impairment to normal daytime functioning.
However, a workout at the gym won’t solve it all. It is not just exercise we are promoting; our society is fighting sitting disease. The act of sitting for extended periods of time is now recognized as its own risk factor for disease, regardless of the amount of exercise in your day. A growing body of research shows that long periods of physical inactivity (rather than simply lack of exercise) raise the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity