Elements of a healthy lifestyle

There is a lot that makes up a healthy lifestyle, and often you need all elements to be healthy. A healthy diet will only get you so far if you don’t exercise for example.

It is true that food and exercise are the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle but there is more and the amount of exercise and types of food you should eat may not be what you think.

With food when you eat is important as well as what you eat, for example don’t eat just before sleeping, especially carbohydrates. Carbohydrates though before exercise will allow you to get the most out of exercise which means that you will in fact burn more calories and improve muscle tone more too, especially with complex carbohydrates that slowly release energy. You need food for energy to help you complex tasks but not just exercise, you need brain food as well and this includes carbohydrates and protein but also a wide variety of vitamins and minerals to make sure you are getting the most out of your brain. Omega 3 in things such as fish oil is particularly good for the brain and fish in your diet at least once a week is a good idea.

With exercise what you do depends on what you want to achieve, there is more than just being a healthy weight and not all exercise burns calories efficiently. Low intensity workouts such as cycling and jogging may be best for burning excess fat as it takes the body time to access this energy. Higher intensity exercise is better for improve the fitness of your heart and lungs and also muscles’ fast twitch fibers. Lower intensity longer exercise is better for building up your endurance. It is important to remember that part of a healthy lifestyle is also a healthy mind, exercise can help with this and it release endorphins but also make sure you get a good work life balance and do things you enjoy every day.

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