We understand by healthy lifestyle those habits of our daily life that help us to stay healthier and with fewer functional limitations. To lead a healthier life we must focus, mainly, on two aspects: our diet and physical exercise.
What do we call a healthy diet?
It is one that covers our vital needs without the use of food that can be harmful to our body.
A healthy diet should have the following characteristics:
Include five daily servings between fruits and vegetables.
The daily consumption of cereals and starches.
Twice a week it is advisable to eat blue fish.
Restricted use of red meat (veal), being preferable the consumption of chicken, rabbit or turkey. In general, we take more meat than recommended.
Reduce animal proteins in favor of cereals and starches. Cereals are rich in iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamins. It is scientifically proven, according to the American Cancer Association, that basing a diet on a wide variety of plant foods decreases the risk of serious chronic diseases. The starches and flours must be integral, refining them removes the husk, which is precisely the place that contains the vitamins and nutrients.
Use olive oil in a limited amount (equivalent to one tablespoon of soup a day), the food itself is already fat.
Avoid cooking food with oil (fried or battered), with steam, oven or griddle cooking preferable.
Avoid precooked food.
Include five daily servings between fruits and vegetables
It is recommended to do physical exercise for two reasons mainly:
Activate the circulatory system, improving the blood supply to the body, reducing the blood pressure and raising the cholesterol that we call "good", which, in general, reduces the possibility of cardiovascular problems. We also facilitate the venous circulation of the legs, avoiding varicose veins, fluid retention, etc.
When we move, our flexibility also increases, reducing the rigidity we suffer over the years, which makes us less agile; and we maintain muscle tone. All this, reduces clumsiness, fatigue and in general physical limitations.
Let us be aware of our diet, of the foods that benefit us and, after a good meal, ...... to move! If you can with regulated exercise better, but if we do not walk ... let's walk around our beautiful city!