How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Choosing Healthy Foods

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Choose food that contains minimal amounts of unhealthy fats. Unhealthy fats include both trans fats and saturated fats. These fats will raise your LDL cholesterol, and elevated LDL cholesterol often correlates with an increased risk for heart disease.

  • Foods that are high in trans fats include foods made with “partially hydrogenated oils,” such as shortening or margarine. Baked goods, fried foods, frozen pizza, and other highly processed foods often contain trans fats.
  • Foods that are high in saturated fats include pizza, cheese, red meat, and full-fat dairy products.Coconut oil is also high in saturated fat, but may also increase good cholesterol, so it’s okay to use in moderation.

Select foods that are low in both sugar and highly refined carbohydrates.

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Minimize your consumption of sweets, soft drinks, sugary fruit juices, and white bread. Choose whole fruits, freshly-squeezed juices, and whole grain bread instead.

Getting Some Exercise

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Start and finish your workout with stretching. Gentle stretching will warm up your muscles before you work out and will relax your muscles after you work out.

  • Try a calf stretch. Stand at arm’s length away from a wall and put your right foot behind your left foot. Bend your left leg forward, but keep your right leg straight and grounded on the floor. Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds, then switch to the other leg.
  • Stretch out your hamstrings. Lie on the floor near a wall or door frame. Raise your left leg and place your heel against the wall. Straighten your leg until you feel a stretch at the back of your thigh. Hold this for about 30 seconds, then stretch the other leg.
  • Do a hip  stretch. Kneel on your right knee and put your left foot in front of you. Shift your body weight as you lean forward onto your left leg. You should feel a stretch in your right thigh. Hold this for about 30 seconds, then stretch the other side.
  • Stretch your shoulders. Bring your left arm across your chest and hold it with your right arm. Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Enjoy rigorous daily activities. Both high-intensity gardening and housekeeping can exercise your body. You can also incorporate more activity into your daily routine by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from shops, and taking a quick walk on your lunch break.

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Both high-intensity gardening and housekeeping can exercise your body. You can also incorporate more activity into your daily routine by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from shops, and taking a quick walk on your lunch break.

 

 

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