There’s been a lot of talk as of late about how valuable a healthy lifestyle can be. It’s no secret that living a healthier lifestyle is needed for our future. Medical news sources across the world have made it clear that the United States healthcare costs are continuing to soar, and something has to be done. Healthcare careers need a real boost if doctors are going to keep up with the estimated client increase due to Obamacare’s new health mandates. It’s becoming clear that more of the responsibility is going to fall on that of the individual.
As individuals, what can we do in order to improve our health and the future? If we make positive healthy lifestyle changes, will the medical news shed some bright light on the state of healthcare in the United States? I believe it would.
This is where the real tricky part comes into play. How do we make positive healthy lifestyle chances? What exactly is a healthy lifestyle? That’s open to interpretation but let’s think about it for a second. A lifestyle is a way of life or style of living that coincides with the attitudes and values of a person or group. Health is a full state of mental, physical, and social well-being that isn’t just the absence of disease. So it sounds like a healthy lifestyle would be a way of living that embodies a complete state of mental, physical, and social well-being that’s reflects the values of a person or group.
Well attribute these qualities to what defines a healthy lifestyle:
- Someone who eats a balanced healthy diet
- Has a positive mental attitude
- Is Relaxed
- Exercises consistently
- Has successful relationships
- Benefits from a balanced life
That sounds like a lot of work doesn’t it? How is one supposed to accomplish all of that while having to deal with life’s other obstacles such as working a full time job, going to school, or raising your kid(s)? Well one option that some people are taking is substituting medicines to help improve their health. There’s no denying that medicine can have some exceptional benefits, especially when we’re sick. However, is it the right substitute for a healthy lifestyle? My answer is no for several reasons.
Medicine has noticeable side effects. Medicines have their purpose, and with that correct dosage, can come noticeable side effects. For example, diabetic medicine can create cramping and diarrhea. The medical information of these side effects is often outlined but they aren’t made a focal point of information, so they often go overlooked. Many medicines are meant to be accompanied with exercise and healthy eating too and are not an end all solution, yet many see them as just that.
Now discussing exercise, there’s many benefits associated with it that relate to the different spectrums of a healthy lifestyle.
- Helps discover and prevent disease and illness.
- By exercising regularly we lower or risks for major diseases.
- Helps lower your blood pressure and anxiety
- Helps improve your ability to fall and stay asleep by reaching a deeper level of sleep
- Increases your energy through the day
- Helps slow down brain aging
- Improves your immune system
- Improves your heart and lungs
All in all, adding exercise into your routine helps you lose weight, sleep better, boost your mood, and lower your stress levels. All of these benefits relate to what’s defined as a healthy lifestyle.
While medicine can definitely help us in times of medical need, there is no single pill that helps with almost all of the diseases that put our bodies at risk. There’s the option to become heavily medicated to substitute a healthy lifestyle. If it isn’t in the healthcare news, then I’ll be the first to tell you, that’s a bad idea. Loading your body up with that much medicine is both bad for your health, and your wallet. There’s no reason that medicine should be substituted for a healthy lifestyle. The benefits that exercise can give you far outweigh that of medicine as I’ve outlined above. If you have the ability to help improve the headlines of healthcare news worldwide as well as yourself, why wouldn’t you?
About the Author: Martin Cook is a health education consultant with Health Education Solutions, specializing in online medical education and certification. He provides information to those seeking everything from basic health certifications to a full career in the healthcare industry.
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