The benefits of living a healthy lifestyle

Imagine this: you are 65 years of age, and have just retired with the intention to start enjoying the much hard earned wealth you have accumulated over the years. You have an whole itenary of holidays and activities to strike off your bucket list – for once you can start to think about yourself and not the corporate balance sheets. But just when you thought you could reap the rewards of all your efforts over the years – disaster strikes and you are hospitalized. The doctor says you have suffered a heart-attack as a result of the accumulation of stress over the years. The long working hours, lack of sleep and high stress levels without proper eating habits and exercises crept up on you. Know you are stuck managing a health condition with a whole lot of cash but not being able to spend it.

In this world, where material wealth is often prioritised over good health and well-being, people are often in a rush to put away savings in shares and pension funds yet the forget to invest in the most important thing – themselves. This blog post serves to shed some light into the benefits of a healthy lifestyle – hopefully helping you preserve life which is they greatest gift of all.

 

Improving self-esteem

We have all seen confident people and how it helps them achieve great things. Self-confidence helps you get the dream job, helps you believe in yourself, makes your desirable to the opposite sex and not to mention makes you an happier person. So there is no arguing the importance of self-esteem and the pivotal role it plays in our lives. However to achieve this feat of self-confidence means developing a lifestyle that promotes healthy living. Exercising regularly,eating well and having a positive mindset are some of the greater benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and which actively promotes self-esteem.

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Enjoy retirement

Many people save up for retirement with the hopes that they will have the time to now focus on their passions and bucket list. However being physically sound both in body and mind are of utmost importance to achieve this goal. Therefore one of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle is the time it affords you to spend with your loved ones, do the things that you never had the chance to do before.

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Endorphins

One of the best reasons to practice a healthy lifestyle with exercise and hobbies is the release of endorphins. Have you ever had a “shitty” day at work then go to the gym, kill it on the treadmill then leave the gym feeling at ease. “Endormins” are the reason. This miracle working self-induced chemical released by the body is the reason behind your euphoria. So the next time you think exercising is just about the body pain – just remember how happy it can make you.

 

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You get to be a part of the world during the greatest changes

We are living in a great age – there are new changes, inventions and realizations happening every day. Wouldn’t you want to be around to see the first ” flying car” or be around when flying to the moon becomes like a ride to the train station. The fact is, everyone dies and therefore will always be missing something historic but the point is: shouldn’t you be maximising on your time here on earth so that you can stretch out this blessing called life that god has handed to you?

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You get to have a full lifecyle

I’m sure everyone has the hopes and dreams to see their children achieving their dreams and also be alive to see their grandchildren grow up. Being older affords people with some of the greatest opportunities. If you are one of those people who doesn’t want to miss out on your full lifecycle then live a healthy lifestyle. Chances are every positive change in your life you make now will afford you extra time in the future to do what is really important.

 

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You don’t have to be a burden

No one likes to be dependent on others especially if it is there own children. As you get older, the chances are that you likely to accumulate a whole host of medical conditions, some serious and others not so much. The difference between the person that pratices a healthy lifestyle vs the person that passes through life abusing themselves is that the latter will be more independent and self capable.

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You will be around to share your wisdom

Aging brings with it tacit knowledge. The wisdom that only comes from failing and life experiences. A healthy lifestyle therefore affords one the opportunity to be around to share this wisdom with the young. Be it grandchildren or your own. Guidance and support from the elderly are what the young need to make better more informed decisions. Do your part in making the world a better place – live a healthy lifestyle so that you are able to pass on great advice to the youth so that they can move forward and change the world – a bit over dramatic but true nonetheless.

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If you enjoyed this article, you may be ready to start living a much more productive and energetic lifestyle. You may find the following articles useful: 5 easy ways to rejuvenate your workouts

 

 

 

 

 

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