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Tips For Living A Healthy Life - by Dr. Pat Macauley

Everybody is looking for ways to reach that level of health they have always sought.  The problem is that different people define health in different ways.  For many, simply losing weight by any means necessary equates to health. For others, not having any illness or diseases means health.  To a certain extent, both of these examples possess elements of what it truly means to be healthy, but neither is an adequate enough definition.  Being healthy means that the human body is functioning as well as it can in the manner it is supposed to. Basically, the human body is inherently healthy.  Lifestyle choices and the environment it is exposed is what leads to sickness and lack of health.  To assist the body in returning to a state of health and optimal function, follow these three general tips:

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  1. Eat Well – Let’s face it, the quality of the American diet has steadily declined.  We live in a period that is dominated by processed food, which contains copious amounts of sugar and other additives. The human body is not designed to process these additives, and overtime it has significantly contributed to lifestyle diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.  It doesn’t take a fad diet to eat well.  If you eat fresh foods that aren’t processed, you provide the body with the fuel it needs to function properly.

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  1. Move Well – Regular exercise is critical to the function of the body.  It stimulates metabolism, strengthens the muscles, and helps the internal organs such as the heart and lungs function more efficiently.  Along with a healthy diet, exercise has been shown to reduce obesity, heart disease, and other lifestyle diseases.  It doesn’t have to be any specific kind of exercise, and it is actually encouraged to vary the way you exercise.  This allows the body to receive a more comprehensive workout.

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  1. Think Well – The physical benefits of a healthy diet and adequate exercise are plain to see, but mental wellness is just as important when considering overall health.  Stress plays a big role in reducing mental wellness, which is why thinking well is so important.  Doing some form of yoga or meditation is a great way to slow down and increase your mindfulness.  It allows you to shift your focus, and can help to lower stress and anxiety.

 

The great thing about these is that they can be tailored to meet your unique needs.  The point is that being healthy isn’t a goal that can be accomplished and checked off a list.  It is an ongoing process, a lifestyle that must be maintained to possess wellness and high quality of life.  Here at the Springfield Wellness Center, our 8 Weeks to Wellness Program uses this exact blueprint to help people live healthier, happier lives. Call us today and see how we can help you!

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