The impact of good health on your quality of life is far-reaching, regardless of your age or physical ability. Check out these five qualities that good health promotes, according to Healthline.
When you start the day with a healthy breakfast, you help avoid hunger spasms that could send you running to the fast food before lunch, says the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The ADA also recommends eating at least five servings per day of fruits and vegetables–which are low in calories and high in nutrients.
The Mayo Clinic notes that physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that often leave you feeling both happier and more relaxed. The American Council on Exercise reports that the short-term results of exercise include decreased stress and ability to think better.
Healthy habits can help prevent certain health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure by boosting high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreasing unhealthy triglycerides. Proper diet can also help you prevent or manage other health problems, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer and arthritis.
We’ve all experienced the energy drop that comes from eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats. When you eat a balanced diet including whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and fruits and vegetables, your body has the fuel that it needs to manage your energy level.
When you practice healthy habits, you boost your chances of a longer life. A study from the American Council on Exercise showed that those who walked just 30 minutes each day significantly reduced their chances of dying prematurely, compared with those who exercised infrequently.