Benefits of Healthy Living

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Benefits of Healthy Living

The benefits of good and healthy living start with physical and mental training.
Good health produces a longer and a happier life. People must take care of their health. Healthy eating and involvement in some sport often help an individual to maintain a good level of health. A person who becomes newly conscious of his or her health will benefit from avoiding stressful situations. People like a strong, healthy and beautiful body. The trend of physical fitness spreads and gains more and more popularity each year. Physical activity every day for at least 20 minutes ensures active thinking, working with a better disposition, and gaining control of one’s life. Physical action and movement prolongs one’s life. Regular activity and a balanced diet always increase one’s health. Alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and coffee should be avoided because these items are detrimental. Consistent involvement in an activity in which one enjoys can be a fulfilling experience. As an athlete myself, I can attest that too much exercise can be a burden in which one does not enjoy. When exercising on a regular basis, we collect results, see our improvement, and become encouraged to exercise more.
In corporate business employees sit at their chairs most of the day and do not exercise. Because of this fact, many workers become overweight, lazy, and unmotivated. Studies prove that a fit employee achieves longer hours of work and greater success with clients and human relations. This fact becomes true when each individual employee feels happy with his or her body. His or her mind will follow the body’s example and, in turn, this will improve the appearance and attitude. With a healthy body, one increases endurance throughout the day. Employees accomplish more tasks at work and experience less fatigue.
Recent study measured the eating habits of average Americans. Based on this study of individual eating habits, people do not pay attention to their diet and eat unhealthy food. Men eat less food when under stress, while stressed women eat more sweet and bland foods, rather than salty ones. In this study, men and women were placed into either a stressed condition or control condition with a variety of food in the laboratory. The stressed group was told that they were to perform a speech after lunch. The control group was put into a natural setting. They listened to a passage of emotionally neutral text.

They were told to relax, while sitting, and were told that they would receive a meal at a specified time later. The types of foods that were laid out for the participants represented three different categories: sweet, salty, and bland. The experimenters separated thirty-four foods into low and high fat groups. (Richard Slusny, 1994). The participants ate freely for fifteen minutes, as allotted by the experiment. The test conductors weighed the food before and after the meals to see exactly how much food the participants ate. The timing was also well planned. The well-planned timing of the experiment took place around lunchtime. At the end of the study, the experimenters asked the participants to rate the stressfulness of the study. Nurses measured the blood pressure and heart rate of the participants to ensure that the participants were under some sort of stress. These nurses applied the same procedure to the control group to ensure these participants were free of stress. The experimenters then asked the participants to grade the photo of each of the thirty-four foods. They were then asked to rate from their appetite for each food in the photo at that moment. The participants rated the food after the stress tests and before the meal. The photos appeared in random order to make sure that the more appetizing foods were not placed one after the other. The participants, as required by the experiment, stated how much they liked a certain food on a scale of one to four.
The stressed eaters ate more sweet high-fat foods and a higher energy mean than unstressed eaters. This leads experimenters to believe that stress can damage one’s health because of the unhealthy foods the stressed person would eat. Stress negatively affects a person’s mental and physically being. The choice of energy-providers, or food, makes it worse when unhealthy foods are chosen. In conclusion, stress is bad for one’s health.
As stated above, a person should avoid stressful situations because stress leads to an unbalanced diet and unhealthy living. Active thinking, a better attitude at work, and gaining control in one’s life results from exercise. Medical authorities today agree on the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Everyone should attempt to exercise and eat healthy to accommodate and improve his or her physical condition and state of mind. .

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