A Healthy Lifestyle: Benefits Beyond Your Body
You know a healthy lifestyle is good for your body, but do you know all of the other ways living healthy can affect your life?
It’s pretty much common knowledge that if you live a healthy lifestyle the odds are good you’re going to look better, feel better, and be in better health overall. Despite these impressive advantages, sometimes it’s just not easy to make the changes necessary to live a healthier life. You may even try to convince yourself that you’re satisfied with the less-than-healthy you, figuring it’s your body so you can do what you want. Okay, true, it’s your body, but did you ever stop to think about how your lifestyle affects all of the other things in your life, including your relationships?
It’s no secret that when you eat better and exercise, you feel better, and when you feel better you tend to handle things differently than you would if you were irritable, depressed, and exhausted. If you’re struggling to make the changes necessary to forge a healthy lifestyle, check out these benefits that reach beyond your body to help you get motivated! A healthy lifestyle:
- Builds Relationships — When you feel better about yourself, you’re a much happier person to be around. Plus, self-confidence is extremely attractive. Take the time to take care of your body, and you’ll find that your relationships will reap the rewards. If you are more rested, have more energy, and have a higher sense of self-worth, you are more likely to want to engage in social activities, meet new people, and of course, nurture the relationships that you already have. You might even find new friends through your healthy activities, for example, someone you meet on your daily walks at the local park, or perhaps a fellow frequent shopper that likes to exchange nutritious recipes.
- Improves Your Productivity — Think about how you feel in the morning when your alarm clock goes off; assuming you don’t sleep through it because you’re completely exhausted. Do you jump out of bed ready to start the day, or do you groan and pound the snooze button? If your habits are less-than-healthy than you most likely do the latter, which means you probably aren’t at your best when you go to work.
A healthy lifestyle helps combat grogginess, boosts memory, and sharpens your thinking skills. The increased energy that you get also makes it easier to face the day and tackle any obstacles that might come your way, making you a lot more productive at work. You might be on track for that promotion before you know it!
- Sets a Positive Example — Whether you like it or not, the people around you are always watching, waiting to see what you will do next. What kind of example do you want to set for them? Hopefully, you prefer to be a positive role model for your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone whom you come in contact with through the course of your day. When you engage in healthy activities, your outlook is more positive, and this spreads to the people that surround you.
Plus, your healthy habits can inspire others to live the same way, making them healthier and happier too. If you have kids, think about the kind of example you want to set for them. When they look at you, let them see a confident, healthy person who is eager to greet each day with a positive attitude and excitement about what the day could bring.
- Spices Things Up (between the sheets) — If your romantic life has been a little lackluster, just wait until you see what a healthy lifestyle can do! Your improved mood, increased energy, self-confidence boost, and a positive attitude all combine to make you a lot more apt to feel romantic. If you’re single, don’t forget the first benefit on our list, it’s easier to build relationships!
- Opens Doors — When you consider all of the benefits mentioned so far, you might see that a healthy lifestyle tends to make good things happen. If you build relationships, are more productive at work, and setting a positive example, then you are also opening yourself up to new possibilities. When new doors open, the more confident and energetic you are, the more likely you are to walk through those doors instead of slamming them shut.
Here’s a quick exercise to try to help put things in perspective: make a list of things that you said no to because you were either too tired, too nervous, or too embarrassed to try. These items could be things like turning down a friend for a lunch date, for example or passing on a new assignment at work because you were too exhausted. How many did you get? This list shows you in black and white how many missed opportunities you’ve experienced, but it also can show you how much more you could do if you live a healthier lifestyle.
Now, the most important thing for you to do is to not dwell on the stuff that could have been, but start taking the necessary steps toward achieving the things that can be! Ready to get healthy? Sensible Meals makes it easy to stick to a healthy lifestyle. For more resources on ways that you can improve your life, make sure to check out the other tips and pointers on our blog! Here’s to a new, healthy you!