BY KAYLA BEIRNE
Whether you’re getting yourself into shape for the summer or just decided to start getting serious about your health, here’s why that’s an excellent idea.
Who says it’s too late for resolutions? When it comes to improving your diet and exercise regimen, you needn’t start on the first day of the year. In fact, spring is just as good a time as any to start making big lifestyle changes—it’s a season of rebirth and renewal, and an opportunity to renew yourself as well. If you need any further persuasion, here are four good reasons to live a healthy lifestyle.
Strong Immune System
Even as the vaccine rolls out, having an immune system that’s ready for action should be reason enough to live well. Spikes in refined sugar intake are a particular danger to your body’s natural defenses, as this excess of sugar suppresses white blood cell production and makes it more difficult to react to pathogens. Don’t leave your immune system fighting shorthanded—avoid the sustained sugar rush.
Faster Recovery Times
Part of being healthy is staying active, and part of being active is taking a few incidental bumps and bruises along the way. You’re doing enough sweating as it is, so don’t sweat this small stuff—you’re putting yourself in a better position to heal. Living well won’t quite give you the healing powers of Wolverine, but you’ll certainly be better off than you’d be in an unhealthy lifestyle.
By abstaining from smoking and eating poorly, your body will have what it takes to heal from minor injuries at a faster pace than you’d experience on a poor diet. On occasions where you still need a little boost to get back to 100 percent, you’ll find that supplemental medical devices to speed healing are even more effective.
When you put hard miles on your body, it starts to show, and that can have you aging a little ahead of schedule. On the other hand, a diet rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and all the building blocks for the collagen that keeps your skin looking its best can help you stay younger for longer. While no one can stop the inexorable march of time completely, healthy diet and exercise can slow it down to a more leisurely pace.
Work More Productively
One of the best reasons to live a healthy lifestyle is the one that affects your bottom line. It’s not just the morning cup of coffee that gives your mind the clarity it needs to start the day. A healthy diet with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables can be just as effective at maintaining that valuable mental acuity as the java is—and best of all, there’s no pesky caffeine withdrawal involved. Diet and exercise keep your mind sharp and your body alert by preventing the buildup of plaque in the brain. Staying active thus helps you be more productive for those hours that you’re tethered to your desk.