There is no magic pill. There is also no magic body wrap nor surgery that will make you healthy. We all know this and we all know how to be healthy, yet many people don’t have the motivation to be healthy. Did you know that over 80% of American adolescents and adults do not meet the guidelines for daily recommended aerobic activity? And did you know that an average American diet exceeds the recommended levels of sugars, refined grains, sodium and saturated fat? 1
Over the years, adopting a health lifestyle has been growing in demand, but why is leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle so important and why should we all try to make a conscious effort in adopting healthier habits?
There are many answers to this one, very simple, question depending on everyone’s own and personal goals, whether it is to lose some weight, gain some muscle, or get a healthier body to prevent diseases; the list can go on forever. However, everyone knows these reasons. But, a very important reason to which why people should lead a healthy lifestyle is because it can actually make you a happier person.
You may be wondering, how would a physical change cause an emotional change? Simple. When you have a sufficient amount of the proper nutrients, not only does your body feel great and full of energy, but science shows that adequate nutrition can increase efficiency of brain processes by 20%, which can help you think more clearly and reasonably.2 Additionally, studies show that malnutrition can be a cause of depression because of the chemical imbalances it causes in your brain.3 Last but not least, exercise helps release endorphins, also known as the “happy hormone.”4 When endorphins are released through exercise, the hormone blocks the transmission of pain signals in the brain, making you happy.
Life is very fragile, but it is the most precious thing we have. In order to help make the most out of it and to become stronger, healthier, and happier, a balanced and healthy lifestyle should be incorporated into your life. Whether you are sixteen or sixty, it is always okay to start today.
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2. Millory, F.R. R. “Nutritional Causes of Depression.” EHow. Demand Media, 15 June 2009. Web. 1 July 2014. <http://www.ehow.com/about_5095087_nutritional-causes- depression.html>.
3. ”President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.” Facts & Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 July 2014. <http://www.fitness.gov/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/>.
4. Scheve, Tom. “Is There a Link between Exercise and Happiness?” HowStuffWorks. HowStuffWorks.com, 22 June 2009. Web. 1 July 2014. <http:// science.howstuffworks.com/life/exercise-happiness2.htm>.