A healthy lifestyle is one which helps to keep and improve people’s health and well-being. Physical inactivity and lack of exercise are associated with heart disease and some cancers. Consider getting involved in structured exercise training, as people with asthma who participate in this sort of training may feel better. When we’re bored it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing things that are bad for your health such as smoking and overeating. This is when it can be helpful to think about what positive things you can do with your time and energy.
Lack of sleep or too much sleep can worsen moods. Keep a regular sleep schedule whenever possible. Set an alarm if necessary, and try to get up at the same time every morning, even on weekends, and go to sleep around the same time every night. If you tend to have insomnia, try avoiding naps during the day, since they can interfere with nighttime sleep.
Some of the qualifications were more easily met than others: 71.5 percent of adults were non-smokers (and indeed the smoking rate has been declining in the U.S. for decades), 46.5 percent got enough exercise, 37.9 percent had a healthy diet, but only 9.6 percent had what the study calls a normal body-fat percentage.â€( Though considering how few people meet this qualification, perhaps the word normalâ€ is misused here.) Just 2.7 percent of people met all four.
Frequent and routine exercise everyday will boost your immune system. Also, exercise helps to prevent diseases of affluenceâ€ such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Remember that your physical health can also affect your mental wellness. Physical activity also improves your mental outlook and may prevent anxiety and depression.
Any loss in health will, nonetheless, have important second order effects. These will include an altered pattern of resource allocation within the health-care system, as well as wider ranging effects on consumption and production throughout the economy. It is important for policy-makers to be aware of the opportunity cost (i.e. the benefits forgone) of doing too little to prevent ill-health, resulting in the use of limited health resources for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of preventable illness and injuries.