3 Ways to Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier
We can talk about the importance of physical appearance until the end of time, but just as important — maybe more — is talking about how you feel. Numerous studies (as well as simple common sense) tells us that not only do the two go hand-in-hand, but feeling good is the more important of the two. Looks alone mean very little if you don’t radiate health, wellness, and happiness. Thus, as the weather is cooler and the days shorter, it’s the perfect time to talk about easy lifestyle changes you can make to live longer, happier, and healthier.
Trendy diets abound. Whether it’s South Beach, Paleo, or Atkins, a few dietary truths remain, and they’re largely found in the historical Southern European way of eating, commonly referred to as the Mediterranean “diet.” Rather than a prescribed way of eating, however, it's a well established description of nutritional “habits” that frequently include:
- Olive Oil - Healthy fats for cardiovascular health and polyphenols for disease prevention
- Legumes - To lower the risk of heart disease and improve glycemic control with diabetes type 2
- Vegetables - Nutrients lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes
- Tomatoes - Lycopene for a healthy heart and natural sun protection
- Red Wine - Resveratrol (antioxidant) for a healthy heart
There’s no denying that near-miraculous feeling you get every spring when stepping back into the warm, bright light of a world reborn after the long, dark winter months. But why wait until spring? Light therapy during the fall and winter months is said to help maintain the energy and enjoyment of brighter months. Whether it’s a case of the winter blues or full blown SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a light box mimics the effects of sun exposure that affects chemicals in the brain associated with improved mood.
You’ve heard it before, and you’re hearing it again here. Physical activity is powerful in many ways. It controls weight, prevents disease, improves mood, and boosts energy. So exercise. Daily. You’ll be happier and healthier for it.