Tips for Healthy Living

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Living a healthy life doesn't need to be challenging or difficult. It just takes a bit of effort. With this time and effort, you can improve your health, cut down on potential side effects and simply boost your mood and the way you go about your life on a daily basis. As long as you follow through with these different tips for healthy living, you should start to see, or at the very least feel, improvements as your body reacts to it.

Sleep

Sleep is very crucial in living a healthy life, yet many people don't receive enough sleep as possible. Attempting to sleep eight hours a day, while recommended, is not always practical. However, at least shooting for seven on a daily basis with some longer sleeping hours during the weekend (or off days) can go a long way in allowing the body to heal, not to mention it helps reduce the appearance of age.

Eat Right

There are so many fad diets out there. These different diets can shift and change with the wind. Instead of going with the fads, it is important to simply eat a balanced diet. You don't need to specifically cut out food groups like grains or carbs. Instead, by just eating a healthy diet, this can be all the different.

Daily Vitamin

One of the main benefits of eating a balanced diet is improving the chances of consuming the desired vitamins and minerals throughout the day. However, this isn't always possible, and many times, especially on fad diets, you might miss out completely on important dietary elements. That is why you should pop a daily multi-vitamin. It can help safeguard you against not receiving the daily vitamins which can go a long way in keeping your health, helping you avoid colds and keeping your bones strong.

Exercise

Of course, there is exercise. You need to exercise every day. This doesn't mean you need to hit the weights or go for extended jogs every single day. But make time for a physical activity, even if this is just walking the dog.

Choose My Plate: The New Food Pyramid

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The new food pyramid has a lot less starch and bread on it than the old pyramid. There was a time when everyone was expected to eat bread at literally every meal, but that time has passed. The new food pyramid is all about fruits, vegetables and fresh products. People who are making up a new plate need to find as many natural ingredients as possible, and the plate needs to have just as much organic food as traditional food.

Someone who plans to eat a good plate of food at every meal needs to build it up with fruits and vegetables that will be supported with just a few carbohydrates. Carbs used to be our whole diet in America, but now you can fill up a plate that has almost not carbs without any worry.

You need to be careful about chemical and additives. The additives that go into a lot of foods have been cast aside for organic and natural products that are easy to find today. You can feed your family really easily when you are planning a meal if you have gone to organic, and you might find yourself with no meats.

The meats that are included on most plates where there because it was a symbol of economic prosperity. There are a lot of people today who are eating very little meat because they do not think that they need to. You can get all the proteins you need from whole grains, and you will be able to have a vegan plate if you want to. Anyone who is trying to build a plate gets to build it the way they would eat, and they will find that they can enjoy a nice plate of organic and delicious food. You have to try the new food pyramid to make sure that you are eating better than we did a couple decades ago.

The Direct Correlation Between Sleep And What Happens To Your Health

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As a certified nurse in both a hospital and nursing home setting, I've seen a variety of cases where lack of sleep or poor sleeping habbits have lead to complications with a patient's health.

It's no secret that sleep and healthy go hand and hand. You've most likely seen the effects yourself of what a good night's sleep or a bad nights sleep can do. If you don't get the recommended amount of sleep or have disrupted sleep, you will see the harsh effects in the morning. You may feel groggy, exhausted, or easily irritated. On the other side, when you have a good nights sleep, you will feel restful and happy. Of course, that's just what appears on the surface. Sleep can have an even deeper and long term effect on your overall health.

If you don't get a healthy night of sleep, you may have some medical conditions arise. Many people will experience weight gain but never directly correlate it to lack of sleep even though that plays a huge role. Weight gain can lead to even more problems like diabetes or obesity. A lack of sleep can snowball into many bigger problems.

Some people may notice that when they don't get enough sleep, they find themselves becoming sicker more frequently. The common cold is a sickness that has long been tied to an insufficient amount of sleep. When a person sleeps, their body is able to rest and recover from a hard days work. When a person neglects sleep, they will find that they become sicker much easier. This is because their body hasn't had the necessary time to recover each night. The major restorative functions that the body performs happens when a person is asleep at night. Therefore, it's easy to see why sleep is so important.

When a person sleeps an adequate amount, they will notice many benefits. They will have more energy to get up and take on the day. Their body will feel ready for daily activities instead of dragging along. According to several studies, a person who has had a healthy nights sleep will lead a more productive and healthier life.

Recommended Excersice Schedule

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We all know working out and exercising on a regular basis is very important, but how often and when should we do it? Sure, we all can't be super athletes, and chances are we all don't have the available time in the world to do it. However, that doesn't mean we can't fit in some exercise into our daily routine in order to improve our fitness level and to just allow ourselves to live a better life. Here is an excellent workout schedule anyone can follow. While the fitness level of different individuals will vary, and the amount of work someone can put in, especially when first starting off, may change, following the basic schedule is important.

First, it is important to avoid over lifting or over using one specific area of the body. Working with weights is great, as this can actually burn more calories long term than simple cardio (weight training breaks down the muscle tissue, so the muscles continue to burn calories as the muscles rebuild). However, there is such thing as overdoing it. So, it is best to focus on one area of the body. So, on a Monday, you should focus on the upper body, such as chest, back and arms. The next day, you can focus on legs. This way, your arms have a chance to repair itself, which allows you to avoid damaging your muscles.

On Wednesday, focus on cardio. This is a nice midweek break. It can be anything from jogging to swimming or pilates. On Thursday and Friday, the weight training can repeat itself. Cardio can be inserted into the other days, where there is time. However, it is best to simply do cardio on arm days, so you do not attempt to jog after working out your legs on leg day, as this can be difficult and even cause damage to your legs that need time to heal.

About The Author

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Susan Miller - Certified Nursing
Assistant, ACE Certified Health
Coach

Susan Miller is a Certified Nursing Assistant in Pennsylvania. She took online CNA courses to attain her certification, and has worked in both a hospital and nursing home setting over the past 5 years.

She has recently become an ACE Certified Health Coach and began this blog to share her expertise to help others become healthier.

Susan beleives in a wholeistic approach to medicine, and plans to eventually go from a CNA to LPN after some additional coursework and passing her NCLEX-PN exam. Her plan is to consult with RNs and Doctors regarding the best course of care for a patient, based on their health history and vital signs. She wants to go beyond the call of the traditional LPN duties, and work with the patient and their family to teach healthy living and proper health habbits to avoid preventable illness and medical complications.

If you are interested in a personalized health plan please contact Susan for a custom quote.

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