How to Live Healthy at Any Age

You hear a lot of advice on how to live healthy which is directed toward particular age groups. There are healthy living tips for teenagers, for new mothers, and for those over the age of forty. While those tips are certainly useful at different periods of life, there are some basic healthy behaviors that everyone should be doing daily regardless of their age or the phase of life being experienced.

No matter how old you get, your body will always be designed for movement. You were not created to sit still for long periods of time. This is why those who live sedentary lifestyles develop so many health problems and die early. If you do not get up and get moving, you will gain fat while losing muscle. Your energy levels will plummet as your metabolism slows down, and it will become harder and harder to learn how to live healthy.

The best of all healthy living tips for everyone in the world is to stay active. There should be at least half an hour of activity in your life every single day. It might be a walk around the block after dinner, or you might take up hiking or join a local dance class. You could simply turn on the music and dance around your house. Aggressive housework with consistent movement, walking up and down stairs, and lots of bending and twisting could qualify as well.

Learning how to live healthy often means making simple substitutions. You take the unhealthy things in your life and find satisfying healthy things to take their place. One of the simplest substitutions to make is water for Coke or other high calorie beverages. Even if you are enjoying a little too much diet soda, the artificial ingredients can be very bad for your health.

Without enough water, you will become dehydrated and that can drop your metabolism and decrease your energy levels. You might even mistake dehydration and the craving for moisture with hunger. Many people who are dehydrated eat a lot of the time when what they really need is water.

If you do not like water, add lemon or fresh squeezed orange juice to the glass. You might even munch on ice throughout the day, rather than just drinking straight water.

When learning how to live healthy, it is easy to focus on your physical health without any thought to mental health. This is a mistake, since poor mental health (including constant stress) will take a toll on your physical health. There are many healthy living tips regarding the mental aspects of weight loss, and those are more than worth listening to. What happens in your head will affect your body. It goes from the inside out, as well as from the outside in.

Learning how to live healthy at any age is more about common sense than setting rules. Next time you come across a set of healthy living tips for a specific group of people you are not a part of, stop and read them regardless. They will still relate to you. offers tips on how to live healthy at all ages.

Image from page 65 of “Healthy living” (1917)
Healthy Living
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Title: Healthy living
Year: 1917 (1910s)
Authors: Winslow, C.-E. A. (Charles-Edward Amory), 1877-1957
Subjects: Health
Publisher: New York and Chicago, Charles E. Merrill company
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habits, good or bad, do you think these two girlshave formed, judging by what you can see in the pictures? such places, as naturally and unconsciously as if theyhad never had the bad habit at all. Good and Bad Habits.—Most of the things you do,from the time you get up in the morning till you go tobed at night, are done by unconscious habit, by reflexesand inhibitions which have been trained by practice.You do not have to make up your mind to put yourclothes on in the morning or to brush your hair (I hope).You just do these things without thinking about themat all. You do not have to wonder how to sret to school. THE TELEPHONE SYSTEM OF THE BODY 63 You walk down the familiar streets without a momentshesitation. Since habit plays so large a part in our lives—grown-ups as well as children—it is very important indeed toform good habits and not bad ones. One girl may bealways cheerful and pleasant, another cross and dis-agreeable. One boy may be courteous and considerate, ^pm^^jfpft

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: tJAAft-^ Fig. 27.—^WTiich of these two boys do you think will grow up to bethe more useful citizen? another rough and rude. It is all a matter of the kindof reflexes and inhibitions they have practiced. It isjust as easy for most people to be cheerful and politeas cross and grouchy; the difference is merely in thehabits they have formed. A child who has by prac-tice learned to be punctual and obedient is just thatmuch better off than one who has not; just as a childwho has learned to ride a bicycle and skate is better offthan one who can only walk and run. Truthfulness is a habit; courage is a habit; unselfish-ness is a habit. All through our lives happiness and 64 HEALTHY LIVING success for ourselves and those about us depend verylargely on whether we have formed in youth the habitof being honest and brave and kind. You know thata soldier cannot be sent into battle until he has beentrained; and this training means not only making themuscles strong and fit, but much more. It mea

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