How to Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy?

Ask someone if it’s important to keep your body fit and healthy, and you’ll no doubt, hear a quick “yes.” But you may encounter a pause if you ask why it’s essential. Keeping fit and healthy will be the most important thing you do for yourself. Staying active will help you stay healthy and ward off the possibility of chronic disease.

When you understand why an action is beneficial, you have greater motivation to perform that action, and remaining fit and healthy is no different. Additionally, if you can rattle off a list of the benefits of staying healthy and fit, you can motivate friends and loved ones to follow in your healthy path.

The best thing you can do to increase your chance of a long life is to remain fit and healthy. In addition to the likelihood of living longer, you’ll have a better quality of life and a higher chance of staying independent during those years if you exercise and consume a healthy diet.

Staying in good shape gives you more energy to perform everyday tasks at work and at home. That makes it more likely that you’ll have the energy to spare when the workday is over, and it’s time to have some fun.

10 Ways to Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy

Kicking Bad Habits
Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy by Breaking Bad Habits

It’s the little things that you do each day that add up to being healthy and fit. While we do what we can to be as health-conscious as we can, it is always a work in progress since there are many elements to a healthy lifestyle.

1. Kick Your Bad Habits

Well, some of them at least. The other ones you might just be able to cut back on. Habits in the “quit” category would be smoking, drugs, unsafe sex, and other unhealthy addictions. There’s just no way to do any of these in a “healthy” way. It might take some time, but it’s worth it if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle.

On the other hand, some habits are not so bad, but can quickly become a problem if taken too far. These include alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and junk food. These things in moderation are doable, as long as the majority of your choices are mindful and healthful.

2. Get Your Checkups

Get to your doctor for your annual physical just to make sure everything is as it should be. If you have insurance, usually these services are covered, so take full advantage of your benefits. Therefore, know your own body so that you are aware when something seems awry.

Exercise Is Key
Exercise is Key to Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy

Do breast or testicular self-exams and get suspicious moles checked out. Get exams regularly even if you are healthy so that if and when something is abnormal, you know about it and can take action, in conjunction with your doctor.

3. Have a Good Sleep

Sleep affects our physical and mental health tremendously, and many of us do not get enough. Lack of sleep adversely affects metabolism, mood, concentration, memory, motor skills, stress hormones, and even the immune system and cardiovascular health. Sleep allows the body to heal, repair, and rejuvenate itself in a way it simply cannot when a person is awake.

4. Exercise Is Key

Even if you just get out for a walk a few times a week, exercise is essential in your daily routine to stay fit and healthy according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Cardiovascular exercise helps to strengthen the heart and lungs, and strength training helps to strengthen the muscles, and stretching helps to reduce the risk of injury by increasing flexibility. Exercise also improves circulation and body awareness, and regular exercise can help combat depression.

5. Eat a Healthy Diet

Healthy Diet
Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy by Eating a Healthy Diet

Get as many fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet as possible and make them the central part of your overall diet. Include lean sources of protein such as poultry, fish, tofu, and beans. Eat balanced meals, and do not overeat. Stop eating before you become full and give yourself a chance to digest your food.

Start snacking on whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, and nuts. Avoid highly processed foods that contain artificial sweeteners or colors, hidden sugars, or excessive fat, according to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020.

6. Eat Breakfast Each Day

A healthy breakfast starts your day off right. It sets you up so that you have energy and fuel for optimal mental and physical performance. Eating breakfast helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels and healthy weight because you are less likely to overindulge later in the day.

7. Drink It Up

Our bodies are made mostly of water. Most fluids and foods contain water that will help to keep our bodies hydrated, but fresh, clean, plain water is still the best and healthiest beverage for maintaining a healthy body.

It is the most natural cleanser for our organs and digestive system, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Being hydrated is crucial for the brain as well as for helping to flush toxins out through the skin (perspiration) and urine.

Stress
Reduce Stress to Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy

8. Reduce Your Stress

Stress can cause a myriad of problems, from heart trouble to digestive problems. This should not come as a surprise. What many people do not know is what to do about it; how to manage their stress.

Exercise, meditation, doing what you love, appropriate boundaries, spirituality, being in nature, and enjoyable hobbies all help alleviate the harmful effects of stress on the body. Don’t overwork. Take breaks (vacations, mini-vacations, days off) and surround yourself with people who support you.

9. Don’t Bottle It Up

Keeping emotions bottled up inside can cause mental and emotional stress as well as physical symptoms. Unexpressed feelings can lead to depression, sleep problems, eating disorders, and even physical pain.

Learn to talk about your feelings, or express them through some sort of art. Also, writing thoughts and feelings down is an excellent way to manifest things you find hard to say.

10. Focus on Consistency and Moderation

In order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, it’s essential to have some sort of consistency when looking at the significant picture result. Make changes one at a time, and don’t make too many changes at once, or you will risk relapsing into old habits.

Making these choices a part of your daily life will help you to reach your health goals. Avoid extremes in any capacity—exercise moderation when it comes to fitness, food, and fun.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. If you have anything that you’d like to share or any opinions about my website, please do speak up. I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

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References:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition.”

Health.gov: “Dietary Guidelines, 2015-2020: Chapter 1. Key Elements of Healthy Eating Patterns”

Harvard Health Publishing: “How Much Water Should You Drink?”

5 thoughts on “How to Keep Your Body Fit and Healthy?”

  1. Hi Robert 

    This is an excellent no-nonsense approach to staying healthy. It’s not doing just one thing but a combination of many and being consistent.

    I will certainly have to kick a few of my bad habits and start eating better food.

    If we could all improve just a little in every one of your 10 Points, I’m sure there would be many more healthy individuals everywhere.

    Thank you for reminding me how important my health is.

    Regards 

    Bernardo 

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  2. A big hello to you Robert and thank you for sharing.

    This post comes to me at a right time as I am having challenges with my fitness and health journey. I used to do it very well in the past; and I do realize that this is a lifetime journey not just a one-time project. I also do agree with picking one small thing to change first is a good way to start. For me, it would be to have a good sleep as my sleeping pattern does affect work and personal life. Reading all the impacts lack of sleep causes to the body, it is a wake-up call for me to make changes as soon as possible.

    Regards,

    Tam.

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    • Hi Tam,

      You are so right about fitness is a lifetime journey. I am happy that you fount this article helpful and informative. 

      All the best!

      Robert

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  3. Hello Robert,

    Thanks for sharing such an informative review on how to keep our body fit and healthy. I must say I appreciate your effort in writing such an excellent post on ten ways to keep our body healthy. Reading such a comprehensive post on a healthy life interests me, and I find your article very beneficial. Thanks a lot for sharing, and have a great day.

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  4. Hello there, This is very interesting and helpful too. The slogan health is wealth has been held up in high regard, but still not too many people are convinced about the need to stay healthy. One would take a harmful substance or indulge in illicit behaviors that are dangerous to our health. This information you shared should sound an alarm that, aside from exercising and eating good diets, there is a need to curb bad habits.

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