What is the Criteria for a Healthy Lifestyle?
Multiple studies suggest that a healthy lifestyle can be broken down into 5 areas or components. They are defined as follows:
No to Smoking
Smoking has never proven to be healthy. It goes without saying that not smoking is the best option. Smoker who would like to quit can engage in intervention programs or independently find a solution to quit the vice altogether.
Reduced Alcohol Intake
Unlike smoking, moderate alcohol intake is acceptable, with sources being preferably wine. Moderate intake for adult women averages at around 5 to 15 grams per day, while adult men are recommended to have 5 to 30 grams per day. It is worth noting, however, that excessive consumption is unhealthy by all means, and the threshold for moderate intake is affected by external factors such as ethnicity, age, current medication, and more.
Increased Level of Physical Activity
With differences between each individual, physical activity corresponding to one’s needs is imperative to improving one’s overall quality of life. Setting a fitness goal and reaching them is achievable when incorporated with other healthy habits.
A Balanced Diet
The definition of a “healthy, balanced diet” differs from person to person. However, it is proven that fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and sources of healthy fats such as fatty fish, eggs, cheese, etc., generally comprise a healthy diet. While loading up on good nutrients, avoid unhealthy foods such as processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, and foods high in sodium and sugar. This includes avoiding food like SPAM, fast food, candy, and other unhealthy snacks.
Maintaining Ideal Body Weight
Being underweight and overweight makes one prone. Thus, striving for ideal body weight can keep you healthy.
The right body weight is defined and measured as one’s body mass index (BMI). On average, normal or healthy weight is measured between 18.5 – 24.9.
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Individuals on a personal and social level have a more positive outlook and feel when they are able to maintain their personal hygiene, through activities like taking a shower and wearing clean clothes. This is because the body generally functions better when it is clean and working properly, which we will go into detail about in the following sections. Good personal hygiene covers cleaning your skin, mouth and teeth, hair, ears, hands and feet, and nails.