Why being healthy should be our top priority
Even when we’re in great health, life can be difficult enough without the added responsibilities of being sick or hurting. So why don’t we give ourselves the gift of good health every day? Our bodies are designed to keep us going, and our minds are meant to keep us going with them, so we should use everything within our power to do so. Here are five reasons why being healthy should be our top priority.
Health impacts everything else
No matter what other priorities we have in our lives, our health should always come first. Without our health, we wouldn’t be able to pursue any other goals. And yet, so often, we allow our health to take a backseat to other priorities. We skip workouts because we’re too busy at work or with our families. We eat unhealthy foods because they’re convenient or inexpensive. We don’t get enough sleep because we have too much to do. But if we don’t make our health a priority, it will eventually catch up with us.
Mental Health is as important as physical health
We often think of physical health as being the most important aspect of our overall health, but mental health is just as important. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. An unhealthy mind can lead to unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or using drugs. So when we put a lot of emphasis on taking care of our bodies by exercising and eating right, it's important not to neglect taking care of our minds.
We can’t do anything well if we don’t feel well
The number one reason most people don’t exercise is because they don’t have time. We get it, life is busy. But the good news is that you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to see results. One of the easiest ways to be more active every day is simply standing up more. When we stand instead of sitting for long periods of time, we expend 100 extra calories per hour and burn more fat than when we sit. So next time you find yourself sitting in front of a computer for an extended period, try taking a 5-minute break to stand up and walk around for a bit!
Illness slows us down in many ways
It makes us more sluggish, both mentally and physically. It increases our recovery time from injury and illness. It can make us grumpy and difficult to be around. It can also lead to chronic health problems that can significantly shorten our lifespan.
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