What do you think makes a healthy lifestyle?

January 8, 2009 4:27pm CST
There is no one factor to this. Diet is an important one; despite many popular conceptions, that one must eat fish, etc, etc I believe being vegan makes a huge difference. It is possible to be a junk food vegan though, if all you buy is preprepared food, that can be heated up and eaten or just straight from the packet. The more prepared or manufactured food is the more it tends to lack energy and nutrients. Exercise is another important one of course. The third big one is to have a good social life, which is certainly easier said than done, if one tends to be a bit of an introvert like myself. Having a partner is also said to improve one's joy quota and all that goes with it, including the physical recreation!!! Also good exercise! What factors would you add to these? Is there any other comment you would like to make on this discussion?
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@webneton (134)
• China
10 Jan 09
I think my lifestyle is not healthy,I like smoking and drinking,so I need get rid of this lifestyle.
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11 Jan 09
It is true that these can be negative factors, but if you smoke and drink occasionally I don't think this would make too much difference depending on how healthy the rest of your life was. Wondering what your picture if of? It kinda reminds me of watermelon! The top part anyway. Cheers for your contribution! Keep on myLotting!!!
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@suzzy3 (8357)
12 Jan 09
Thank you very much for your kind comment and for my BR.suzzy3
@suzzy3 (8357)
12 Jan 09
Sorry ingnore my thanks as got the wrong one sorry lol suzzy3
@suzzy3 (8357)
9 Jan 09
A healthy life style plenty of fun and exercise going on bike rides,walking,playing sport or a gentle walk through the countryside the main thing is you are happy inside and it will shine through out side. plenty of fruit and vegetables ,try not to have many prepared meals ,cook from scratch.The occasional Mc Donalds or junk food won't do you any harm,and a few drinks every now and then won't hurt you either.The trouble is some people make themselves unhappy by cutting everything out they like and then life is miserable.A little of what you fancy does you good, remember I said a little.Keep up to date with the news but not to much as that can depress you and that is not healthy.Dancing round the house with the hoover cheers me up ,put some music on and off you go.Read books,watch a film, take your mind of everyday life and try to go for walks with a friend if you can,voluntary work something to make you feel good about yourself it is not all down to diet ,there are lots of things to make you healthy and you don't have to turn into a health freak to be healthy either some people go over the top and get obsessed and that is not very healthy,find your own balance and you will feel a lot better.
11 Jan 09
These BRs are so tricky to decide, so although yours is not the longest response, I do like the variety and depth of what you've put in - though I don't think I would set foot in Mc Donalds unless I needed the bathroom or loo as us Brits might say!
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@suzzy3 (8357)
12 Jan 09
Got the right person this time thanks for your kind comment and BR.suzzy3
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 09
I think back to when I was really fit and healthy. I had a teaching job in a village 6 miles from my home. I didn't want to get two buses or two trains to get there instead I cycled there on my bike. The landscape was hilly and the route took me on country lanes and a picturesque cycling route. I got peace and quiet, superb exercise and lots of fresh air. I took a trip to New Zealand after that teaching contract ended and my fitness was perfect for long distance walking. I did the Abel Tasman Track and that was great fun. I carried my pack and camped each night. Next I did the Queen Charlotte Track and that was demanding. Day three of that was a nine hour walk over a narrow ridge way with sea both sides. So fitness goes in hand with a super healthy lifestyle. I have a vegan diet that includes lots of soya drink, nuts, fruit and salad. Apart from having the odd cold I stay very well indeed. I get much joy from having my tow pet dogs and I get healthy taking them for walks in the countryside and by the sea. I take vitamin pills and I believe that being vegan it is the way I ensure I am getting enough Vitamin B12 and Iron. Seeing friends can be happy and that is a good use of time. I go to a Spanish class once a week and so since September I have made more friends. A relationship can have bad times as well as good times and I have learned discussion is very important.
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11 Jan 09
Thank you for your interesting and comprehensive response, reminds me of when I used to do a lot of walking with a local hostel group, who did various day walks in the nearby countryside and also monthly weekends away, further afield in England and Wales and once on a cycling trip to Ireland. Relationships of course take much working at, but can be the most rewarding aspects of life when we get it right. Research has been done, which shows that [/i]generally[i]people who are in a stable relationship have a longer life, amongst many other factors of course!
@paid2write (5202)
9 Jan 09
Good food and physical activity are most important. Some of us are less stressed being alone, or living without a partner, others will flourish in a social environment, and need to have family members around. We all have to face some stressful situations in life, dealing with difficulties is the only way we can grow and become strong in spirit. Constant stress, or an overload of stress, is not good for health. Everyone should have some peace and relaxation, I think it is essential for staying healthy in mind and body.
11 Jan 09
A good answer! Like you say a certain amount of challenge in life is essential for growth. The trick is maintaining the right balance, which is not always so easy. Thank you, paid2write!