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10 Reasons Why You Need To Embrace A Healthy Lifestyle

May 25, 2008
Everyone knows you need to eat healthy, exercise more, reduce stress level, spend more time with your family and give back to society. And, of course, don't forget to smile at your neighbor every now and then even if you're in a bad mood.

Here are 10 main reasons why you should lead a healthier lifestyle:

1. Your body will stand better against infections
When you increase the level of nutrients in your body with a balanced diet and cut down the bad fats, you raise your antioxidant level, which means that you increase your defense system against the villains like infections and the ravages of free radicals.

2. You are protected from 20th century diseases
Many of us come face to face with what we fear the most: common, sometimes fatal diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and cancer. While genetics play an important role in determining the chances of you getting them, a conscious effort on your part to eat a better diet and exercise regularly will protect your organs and keep your engine running efficiently 24/7.

3. You will lose fat as a 'side effect'
By eating the right proportion of protein, carbohydrates and fats and by eating frequently (5-6 proper mini meals a day), your body has absolutely no reason to store body fat as it will not anticipate starvation at any time. Your metabolism will run at full steam all day. Include aerobic training and strength training at least 3 times a week and your body fat will melt off as a result.

4. You will have more energy
It's true! Some people think that working out will make them tired all the time. The opposite is true as your heart is strengthened, it works more efficiently and your body runs on optimum speed provided by the nutrients in your balance diet. Of course, the opposite is true if you overtrain and limit your food intake below the recommended level of the FDA. You will end up burnt out and become vulnerable to infections as a result.

5. You will sleep better
An efficient machine creates a natural remedy for sleeplessness as it demands rest when it needs to repair the body.

6. You will have less stress
Endorphines that are created as a byproduct of exercise has a calming effect on the body and mind. It makes you a happier person in general.

7. You will be stronger
This is a no brainer, really. As your heart gets stronger from consistent cardiovascular exercise, strength training will reward you by shaping itself to better proportions and increase your strength. This is important, especially for your core because it stabilizes your body and protect you from injury. Protect your lower back at all cost!

8. You will have more confidence
For you ladies, you don't need to turn off the lights at night now as you are proud of your body and want to show it off more! For the guys, it boosts your ego when the ladies line up outside your door. A confident person affects everyone around him/her in a good way.

9. Your loved ones will appreciate your efforts
As you become fitter, happier and healthier, your family will want to share in your success and be a part of your newfound freedom

10. You will inspire others
You probably don't realize this but when you strut your stuff across the room, there will be someone at the other end of that room who becomes inspired to change their life too just to be like you!

So make that decision today as every day you put it off could possibly take one year off your life.
However, if 10 reasons are not enough to turn you around, put this article aside, look into your child's eyes and hope that you will still be around when your first grandchild is born. And please, put that cigarette out.
About the Author
Nina Redza is a health & fitness professional who embraces a healthy lifestyle and loves new challenges. You can learn more about adopting a healthy lifestyle here: http://www.ninaredza.com/weightloss.htm
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