Your health is more than just a number on the scale; living an overall healthy lifestyle is much more than that. A healthy lifestyle may look different from one person to the next, so how do you know you are living a healthy lifestyle? Here are ten ways to tell if you are living a healthy lifestyle.
You Have Stable Energy
Having a stable amount of energy throughout the day is a significant indicator of the health of your body. Can you get through daily tasks like walking upstairs without getting tired or waking up without feeling lethargic all day? Can you concentrate and communicate effectively with your daily tasks? That means you are on the right path. Here are some other things that help you improve your energy:
- Getting the recommended physical activity weekly
- Eating a nutritious diet full of whole foods and supplementing essential nutrients through vitamins.
- Staying hydrated
You Sleep Well
One way to know that you are living a healthy lifestyle is how well you sleep. Our bodies need to rest and recharge every day. According to the national sleep foundation, critical indicators of quality sleep are:
- Falling asleep naturally within 30 minutes.
- Sleeping through the night without waking up more than one time.
- If you wake up, you can fall back asleep within 20 minutes.
- You feel rested in the morning.
Your Emotional Health is Stable
Living a healthy lifestyle boosts your mood and makes you more mindful. Exercise helps to increase the brain’s hormones which help you stay positive and improves your self-esteem. In addition, eating correctly and exercising consistently is a form of stress management.
Changing to a healthy lifestyle helps control the stress hormone cortisol, where high levels lead to disease risk. The overall mindfulness of a healthy lifestyle makes you self-aware, tapping into emotional changes and emotional intelligence. You can process your emotions better and react to outside stressors.
Your Cravings Are Under Control
Constantly craving certain foods may signal that your body is missing something. Our body uses food as its fuel to power our cells to run the body and prevent disease. When we have adequate nutrition with the right amounts of calories, our bodies won’t feel the need to crave foods. This is not to say it’s not okay to enjoy certain foods in moderation, but it’s important to know the difference.
You Feel More Confident
Leading a healthy lifestyle trickles down in other areas of your life. Staying consistent with your diet and exercise improves your waistline and allows you to be disciplined in other areas of your life. Your clothes fit better, and you feel confident experimenting with your style. When you accomplish your health goals, it gives you the self-assurance to hit goals professionally, improving your life.
You Enjoy Moving
When you are consistent, you enjoy moving your body. You have the energy to walk further and can easily perform daily functional activities. Consistency creates a habit, and exercise feels like more of a hobby than a chore.
Your Heart Rate is Stable
A great indicator of health is your heart rate. A healthy resting heart rate is between 60-80 beats per minute, and anything below that is an optimal rate for highly athletic people. A stable resting heart rate indicates low risk for cardiovascular disease. You can use a fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate to stay on top of it.
You Save More Money
The benefits of a healthy lifestyle save you money. Although you may put more out on the front end, you are saving over time. It’s an investment. A healthy lifestyle helps to boost your immunity and prevents lifestyle-related conditions. When you become sick, it costs you time and money through healthcare costs, and this causes you to miss out on work and opportunities. According to Rutgers, cutting back on junk food saves you $3,650 annually, and regular physical activity saves you between $600-$1100 yearly. With these savings, you have more time and money to do the things you love.
You Can Indulge But Not Go Overboard
Your body has hormones that tell us when we are satisfied. Having a healthy relationship with food allows you to indulge still, but you know when to stop. Being intuitive with how your body handles food helps to eliminate any guilt when enjoying higher-caloric foods.
You Have Glowing Skin
Healthy skin is even toned, hydrated, and not irritated. When everything inside is stable, it shows on the outside, so your skin condition is an excellent indicator of what’s happening internally. External factors also affect how our skin glows, which we can help control by taking preventative measures. According to research, preventive measures for internal and external skin appearance include:
- Proper caloric intake and quality nutrition
- Eating anti-oxidative rich foods
- Vitamins D, C, E, and A
- External body care
- Low Stress
These are just ten ways to know if you are living a healthy lifestyle. Overall it’s important to listen to your body and recognize when something is off. For more information on living a healthy lifestyle, read: