If you’ve recently taken a long walk in nature or a peaceful siesta in a hammock, you’re likely living well. A balance of regular activity and a practice of mindful relaxation is the key to a healthy lifestyle. More so as we get older. Here are two articles from The Help Guide that I found very readable. They offer great background and practical ideas on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle for yourself.
Exercise and Fitness
Repeatedly research finds that physical activity is the single most important contributor to longevity. And well-being! “Being physically active can ease depression, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance self-esteem, and improve your whole outlook on life. And you don’t have to spend long, boring hours in a gym to reap these benefits.” Scan this article adapted from Harvard Health Publications: Discover how to overcome challenges, maintain motivation. Learn to fight the myths that keep you from a healthy lifestyle.
Mindfulness & Relaxation
Mindfulness and meditation are often associated with a “new age” way of life; not so. Exercise helps tone muscles and improve flexibility in joints. OK. Likewise, meditation helps us develop increased awareness and focus in our mental capacities. Meditation isn’t napping. And mindfulness becomes the way you move through the moments of every day, not a time out.
Scan this Harvard Health article to learn why and how to practice mindfulness for a healthy lifestyle. If you’re still hesitant to try, read this first person account of one “impatient old guy” who discovered the physical, mental and emotional benefits of this healthy lifestyle technique.