4 Lifestyle Habits That Worsen Back Pain

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS.

newsThe millions of people who experience some level of back pain – from occasional aches, to chronic discomfort – are encouraged to read the latest article by minimally invasive spine surgeon Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD, FAAOS, in which he reveals the four most common lifestyle habits that trigger back pain and destroy spine health.

“Back pain isn’t always the result of an injury,” commented Dr. Gleiber, who is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and a Spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “Often, it’s the things people do – or neglect to do – in their daily lives that is the root cause of their pain and deteriorating spine health. Tragically, many of these people don’t even know the damage that they’re doing until the pain becomes unbearable, and they can no longer carry out their day-to-day tasks at home or at work.”

According to Dr. Gleiber, the four lifestyle habits that are causing the most back pain and spine injury are:

1. A sedentary lifestyle that is virtually devoid of exercise. This causes the muscles that support the spine to become weak, and in turn forces the vertebrae and discs to absorb extra stress.

jumpingrope2. Exercising strenuously only on the weekends, and doing little or no exercise the rest of the week (“Weekend Warriors”). This imposes excessive strain on the back and spine, which is not prepared or strong enough to absorb the shock – ultimately causing back pain and, ironically, greatly increasing the risk of injury.

3. Sitting down for several hours a day at work. Staying for prolonged periods of time in any single position is damaging to spine health. However, to make matters worse, most people who sit for many hours each day have incorrect posture; often because they are hunching forward to see their computer screen.

4. Regularly eating junk food, which often leads to weight gain and therefore puts extra stress on the spine. In addition, people who eat too much junk food are typically not getting the nutrients they need to keep their spine strong and healthy, such as Calcium and Vitamin D.

Added Dr. Gleiber: “The good news is that with commitment and the right guidance, people can create new, better lifestyle habits that not only alleviates and ideally eliminates their back pain, but vastly improves their overall health and wellness. For instance, people can start exercising at least three times a week to strengthen their core muscles, get up from their desk once an hour to stretch and walk around a bit, and muster up all of their willpower to make eating junk food an occasional indulgence rather than a regular occurrence.”

The full version of Dr. Gleiber’s latest article entitled “How Your Lifestyle Can Contribute to Back Pain” is available on his website at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news/lifestyle-can-contribute-back-pain.

Additional articles by Dr. Gleiber on spine health, back pain relief, effective exercising and more are available at http://michaelgleibermd.com/news.

About Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD

– Dr. Michael A. Gleiber, MD is a trusted expert in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. He currently serves as Spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is a writer for The Huffington Post, and is frequently invited to provide his medical expertise in the media. Dr. Gleiber has been honored with multiple recognitions, including Castle Connolly Top Doctors for Spine Surgery, SuperDoctors of South Florida, Top 10 Spine Surgical Specialists Florida by Vitals.com, and is listed amongst Top 50 Spine Surgeon Leaders.

Learn more at http://michaelgleibermd.com

Six Easy Ways To Lead A Healthier Lifestyle

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By Mark Enright

healthychoiceMany people make changes to their lifestyle in the New Year. However, busy work routines often get in the way and the majority of people are back to their old ways by the end of January. The problem is that the changes that people make are often too drastic to be sustainable. Not only that, but it doesn’t have to be January that you seek change – don’t wait for the New Year to better your life; you can do that any time of the year!

Here are 10 simple changes you can make which will have a big impact in the long run:

Adopt a positive attitude

Do not view the changes you make as a necessary evil. See them for what they are: the key to better health and increased confidence. By accepting that you will not see results quickly and by viewing the bigger picture, the new things you are doing will quickly become a part of your life, not an unwelcome intrusion.

Get more exercise

Incorporating more exercise into your daily routine doesn’t have to mean going jogging every day or joining a gym. Simple things such as taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking to work in the morning will make a big difference. Buying a pedometer and setting yourself a step target for the day will ensure that you are mobile enough.

Replace your unhealthy snacks

If you have an office job, odds are that you often snack at your desk. Replace what you are eating with healthy alternatives, such as nuts or fruit. This will help to keep hunger pangs at bay and stop cravings for junk food.

Eat more vegetables

fruitswhiteFive fruits and veggies per day is the magic number, so aim for this. Getting more fruit and veg means you will increase your vitamin intake. This translates to many health benefits, such as a stronger immune system, healthier skin and nails and more energy. If you are struggling to eat enough healthy foods, try making them into a smoothie – it will taste better than you think!

Get enough sleep

Many people are guilty of not getting enough sleep. Work, watching television and browsing the internet are the usual culprits behind late nights. If you struggle to fall asleep at night, try drinking warm milk or having a small snack; both of these have been shown to aid relaxation. Getting a good night’s sleep is key if you are planning on exercising the next day.

Take food supplements

Food supplements should be exactly that: supplements. The majority of your vitamin intake should be from whole foods. Supplements can be used to top up your intake levels. A multivitamin is a simple fix, which will lead to your health improving over time.

Following these simple tips will make it easier to hit your health goals in 2014.

Are you seeking to make changes in the new year? What are they? Leave a comment below and let us know.

– This piece was written by Mark Enright, a writer for The Light, a retail and leisure complex containing a multitude of shops and restaurants.

Why To Choose Alkaline Lifestyle To Protect Bones?

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grandparentchildFor a very long time, the nature of Osteoporosis and the resulting fractures have been incomprehensible due to enigmatic results of researches. It was observed that in Asian countries, e.g. Japan, where lives of people are almost as long as of people from western countries and America, people rarely have osteoporosis fractures despite having no calcium-rich products in their daily diets. And, amazingly, in European countries and America, though people take high amount of dairy products, higher number of osteoporosis cases is observed. Another unresolved mystery was that there was no association between intake of calcium or protein and osteoporosis. So, the chemistry of osteoporosis has been confusing for many years.

Bone Health Theory:

There is a theory of bone health, which provides answer for these observations. It is called as the theory of low-acid food. The theory urges to increase the intake of low-acid foods, which includes fresh fruits and green vegetables that contain less protein.

The proponents of this dietary plan say that low-acid foods make bones stronger, which is not possible by American typical foods, which are, mainly, dairy products that are rich in animal proteins and calcium.

Choosing alkaline foods and electrolyzed drinking water can prevent from many chronic health issues and diseases, which ruin the entire old age period of many people. Bones change their shape and nature with time. Bones are always either breaking or building, but when the breaking is more rapid than building, bones get weaker.

Bones also take part in metabolic processes of human body. Bones are the largest resource of calcium in our body and maintain the acid-base level in blood within the narrow range. When the blood gains acidity, alkaline calcium compounds, like CaCO3, are released by bones to lower the acidity.

Researches have proven that vegetables and fruits have great ability to neutralize acidity and they also keep bones healthy. The metabolism of fruits and vegetables produces alkaline carbonates, whereas the metabolism of cereals and proteins produces acids. If the intake of proteins is more than the body needs, blood becomes acidic, and the body will need high amount of alkaline compounds to neutralize it.

Researches & Studies:

fruitswhiteThe study by Dr. Dawson Hughes suggested that increase in alkaline amount by taking more fruits and vegetables is a secure and cost-effective way to avoid osteoporosis and it strengthens bones in aged people. Several other studies also suggested that eating fruits and vegetables lowers the blood pressure, which minimizes the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.

Clinical experiments have proven that milk, dairy products and calcium supplements can’t avoid bones fractures. These kinds of products are metabolized to neutral compounds. The reason for high rates of bone fractures is that American and Western people also eat high amount of meat, fish and poultry.

Final Thoughts:

These studies do not mean that we should completely abandon consuming protein, as old people eat protein, which is essentially required by their body. The researchers also do not ask to become vegetarian for healthy bones, rather these conclude that people eating high amount of protein should replace their high protein items with fruits and vegetables to help the body neutralizing the acidity and live a healthy life.

– Submitted by Muddassir Hosein

Stick To A Healthy Lifestyle

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By Helen Agresti

womanweightsWork your body! Schedule 3-5 days of exercise each week. If you typically hit a plateau or experience boredom a month or two into the New Year, the next few tips will serve you well.

* Instead of a mid-week rest day, add a pilates or yoga class to your routine. This will challenge smaller muscle groups while the larger muscle groups get stretched and lengthened.

* Try something new. Whether it’s a personal training session or a spin class, surprise your body and metabolism with a completely different type of workout.

* Be accountable. Pair up with a friend or family member. Studies have shown that we are more apt to stick to our workout routines if we have a set time and place to meet someone. Having a workout buddy to lift your spirits on those days you don’t feel like exercising is an essential motivator.

Prepare for the mid-day slump. Pack wisely for those times of the day when your healthy eating habits are challenged (typically between 3pm and 5pm). Have a healthy snack packed for that time of the day when you feel like attacking the nearest vending machine or MacDonald’s drive-thru. Cheese healthychoiceand crackers, sugar snap peas and hummus, and lightly salted pistachios are healthy mid-day snacks and travel well.

Reach for the fabulous 5. Five servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day will keep you looking younger and feeling more energized. The beauty of theses colorful super foods is that they rotate their deliciousness throughout the 4 seasons. Take advantage of their power packed nutrients by spreading 5 or more servings among breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Make this nutrition goal for yourself and your family: try one new fruit or vegetable every week by incorporating it into a meal or snack.

~ Healthy Happy Eating and Living!

– Helen Agresti is a Registered Dietitian with Professional Nutrition Consulting, LLC. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 5 children. For more Nutrition advice and healthy recipes follow her on twitter @HelenAgresti

Living Well With Diabetes: The Good Foods And Active Lifestyle To Keep You Healthy – Part 2

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By Kevin Fritz

diabeteswordContinued from part 1 of this article…..

She points out that while few foods are off limits to a diabetic, simple carbohydrates (e.g., white rice, white bread) should be avoided. Complex carbohydrates don’t raise the blood sugar as mush as simple carbohydrates, they digest slower, and give the body fuel. Proteins help keep your blood sugars stable. She stresses that patients need to get into the habit of reading labels on the foods they purchase, especially the amount of carbohydrates. “It adds up very fast,” she says. “The brain only needs 150 grams of carbohydrates a day to survive. “

Dr. Mazza puts few restrictions on exercise as well. She recommends 150 minutes a week, especially incorporating resistance training (bands), which has a positive effect on insulin sensitivity. Resistance training builds muscle, which is what burns glucose during exercise.

“The more you move the better,” she says. “It burns energy, which increases insulin sensitivity.”

Dr. Mazza says doctors can now customize each patient’s treatment plan to meet their individual needs. There are early detection markers, so in many cases, full onset of diabetes can be prevented. And if the disease does progress, doctors are now able to prevent many complications that once had life-altering consequences. Keith Davis, who has been in Dr. Mazza’s care for the past two years, is an ideal example of a patient whose treatment plan is working well.

“I’m on the other side,” he says. “My blood count is going down.”

Regardless of medical advancements, however, diabetes is not a disease to be taken lightly.

“Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined,” says Dr. Mazza. “The potential for debilitating complications increases exponentially when the disease isn’t properly managed.”

healthyheartbpDr. Bernard Gros, a cardiologist who also practices at UCF Pegasus Health and teaches at the UCF College of Medicine, says the two highest risk factors for cardiovascular disease are smoking and diabetes.

In fact, heart disease and stroke are the two main causes of death or disability in people with Type 2 Diabetes. According to the America Heart Association, 65 percent of men and women with diabetes die from some form of heart disease or stroke.

– Kevin Fritz is a freelance writer and communicator in Orlando, Florida.

About Angela Mazza, D.O.
Dr. Mazza is an assistant professor at the UCF College of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes prevention, early detection and individualized disease management. Dr. Mazza sees patients at UCF Pegasus Health, the faculty physician medical practice of the UCF College of Medicine.

About UCF Pegasus Health
As part of the UCF College of Medicine, UCF Pegasus Health was developed as a way to provide individualized, multidisciplinary health care based on the latest medical advancements. Staffed by faculty physicians, patients can receive primary and specialized care at our medical facility located at 3400 Quadrangle Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817. Specialties include sports medicine, internal medicine, endocrinology, cardiology & cardiovascular testing, geriatrics, rheumatology, neurology and nephrology. For more information call (407) 266-DOCS or visit www.UCFPegasusHealth.org.

Living Well With Diabetes: The Good Foods And Active Lifestyle To Keep You Healthy – Part 1

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By Kevin Fritz

diabeteswordKeith Davis has been living with type 2 diabetes for the past two years. When the Orlando man was first diagnosed, he was surprised on two accounts.

“It just kind of showed up,” he says. “It also took me a while to realize what a responsibility and obligation it was to treat it.”

Mr. Davis is not alone—not by a long shot. Twenty-six million people in the United States are living with diabetes, making it one of the most common chronic diseases for all age groups.

While we don’t know exactly why some people develop diabetes, being overweight is a risk factor, and family history, ethnicity and age play a part. Doctors also know that increased economic stress can be a major contributing factor. When people are worried about their jobs or are out of work, those with genetic predispositions or health conditions that lead to diabetes tend to become more insulin-resistant.

“Obviously, we can’t change our genetic markers, but most people can make simple lifestyle changes that help reduce the risks of developing Type 2, or adult onset, diabetes,” says Endocrinologist Angela Mazza, who practices at UCF Pegasus Health—the physician practice for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine—and an assistant professor at the UCF College of Medicine. ”Some of the changes include reducing the amount of sugar in our diets, adding exercise to our daily routines, managing stress and getting regular checkups to monitor blood glucose levels.”

diabetesglucoseThat means that living with diabetes has become much easier for people like Keith Davis, even at meal time. A healthy menu, for example, is the same for a diabetic as it is for anyone who eats healthy: low fat, moderate salt and carbohydrates, whole grains, vegetables and fruit. For many, so-called diabetic foods have become a thing of the past.

Dr. Mazza advises her patients to eat three meals a day, plus snacks, but limiting the carbohydrates and portion sizes. She recommends:

• 30-45 grams of complex carbohydrates at meal time
• 15 grams at snack time, such as banana
• Include protein with each meal

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article later on today……

– Kevin Fritz is a freelance writer and communicator in Orlando, Florida.

About Angela Mazza, D.O.
Dr. Mazza is an assistant professor at the UCF College of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. Her clinical interests include diabetes prevention, early detection and individualized disease management. Dr. Mazza sees patients at UCF Pegasus Health, the faculty physician medical practice of the UCF College of Medicine.

About UCF Pegasus Health
As part of the UCF College of Medicine, UCF Pegasus Health was developed as a way to provide individualized, multidisciplinary health care based on the latest medical advancements. Staffed by faculty physicians, patients can receive primary and specialized care at our medical facility located at 3400 Quadrangle Blvd., Orlando, FL 32817. Specialties include sports medicine, internal medicine, endocrinology, cardiology & cardiovascular testing, geriatrics, rheumatology, neurology and nephrology. For more information call (407) 266-DOCS or visit www.UCFPegasusHealth.org.

After Childhood Cancer

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By Beth Kurt, MD

kidsjumpingLess than 20 percent of children survived cancer in the 1960’s. Fortunately, the five-year survival rate for childhood cancer is now approaching 80 percent. (1)

As a consequence of these improved survival rates, more teenagers and young adults who have undergone cancer therapy will go on to face special challenges when transitioning from active cancer treatment to resuming a normal life. Many survivors of childhood cancer experience late occurring health complications related to their cancer or its treatment; thus, regular medical follow-up is critical to maintain good health.

Recent studies have found that significant numbers of childhood cancer survivors do not receive the follow-up care needed. (2) The reasons may include financial difficulties, lack of insurance or a desire to move past a cancer diagnosis. To make matters more difficult, most primary care providers have cared for only a handful of childhood cancer patients and are not well-equipped to refer families to cancer centers to provide the best follow-up care. (3)

At our After Care and Transition (ACT) Program clinic visits, we provide a summary letter to the patient and their primary care physician, which details information about the cancer diagnosis, treatment and health problems that may occur as a result. We also provide resources for further reading and ways to stay healthy.

Among the issues that cancer survivors need to discuss and learn about at their follow-up doctor visits are:

• Signs and symptoms that should prompt a visit to their doctor.

• Risk for infertility and premature menopause.

• Risk for long-term heart toxicity and ways to improve or maintain heart health.

• Resources for mental health counseling.

• College scholarship opportunities.

• Other preventative health measures: use of sunscreen/risk for skin cancer, hearing protection etc.

One particular challenge stems from normal tensions between adolescent desires for autonomy and privacy, and strong parental desires to protect and care for their child both during and long after a life-threatening illness.

doctorDuring appointments with our patients, we do our best to educate adolescents and young adults about the importance of learning their own medical histories and speaking up when they have a concern about how they are feeling. This can be difficult, as adolescents may be inclined to deny symptoms like pain, depression or certain worries in front of their parents, and “neglect” to share information unless the right questions are asked. Well-meaning parents, on the other hand, are so used to being the primary historian and making decisions for their child, that it’s a learning process for them, too.

We encourage patients and their physicians to contact us if they have questions about how a health concern may relate to their cancer history. All of us at the ACT clinic keep an open-door policy, even after patients have officially “graduated” from the practice.

References:

1) National Cancer Institute

2) Oeffinger KC, Mertens AC, Hudson MM, Gurney JG, Casillas J, Chen H, et al. Health care of young adult survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Ann Fam Med 2004;2:61-70.

3) Nathan PC, Daugherty CK, Wroblewski KE, Kigin ML, Stewart TV Hlubocky FJ et al, Family physician preferences and knowledge gaps regarding the care of adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer. J Cancer Survivor, 2013.

– Beth Kurt, MD, pediatric oncologist, Spectrum Health Medical Group and co-director of the After Care and Transition (ACT) Program for childhood cancer survivors at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Logistical Benefits To A Healthy Lifestyle

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By Liran Hirschkorn

girlstretchEveryone knows that living a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a healthy diet can lead to your body looking and feeling great, but there are also financial and logistical reasons that could motivate you to lead a healthy lifestyle and to promote it throughout your family. Many people think that it is expensive to live healthy because the cost of food is much higher, but the overall benefits should outweigh the perceived fallbacks (which are no better than excuses to not try) of living healthy – and you may find you save money in the long run.

Fewer Doctor Visits
Maintaining a healthy diet includes physical exercise that keeps your body strong, and a balanced diet of natural foods that keeps you fueled and fit when paired with the exercise. This combination means that you and your family will be making fewer trips to the doctor, especially later in life. Being overweight leads to many health complications like diabetes, joint problems, higher risk of heart attack or strokes, high blood pressure and maladies like fatigue, shortness of breath, and other common ailments that bring people into the doctor’s office. Having the proper diet with low amounts of processed sugar should also mean you’ll be going to the dentist less than someone who consumes a lot of sweets such as soda or candy.

Lower Insurance Costs
Going hand in hand with doctor’s visits; people who are active and healthy often experience lower health, life, and even disability insurance costs – especially if your plan requires a physical. Lowering the likelihood that you’ll have health issues, like the ones mentioned above, means that the insurance companies will be more confident that they won’t have to pay benefits should you become hospitalized or take a lot of doctor visits and you’ll be able to experience lower premiums and rates as a result.

girlglobeWaste Not, Want Not
Everyone’s going green now, and surely you don’t want to be contributing to the staggering amount of waste that is being produced daily around the world. Eating naturally (and locally) helps to keep your carbon footprint down. Those processed foods that are terrible for your body are also terrible for the environment. They’re basically manufactured at large plants that have their own large carbon footprint, and many of these foods are wrapped in all kinds of plastics and other materials that wind up in landfills. Fresh produce that is grown locally has a small carbon footprint and there is little you’ll be throwing out. Plus, you can even use the byproducts of produce to start a compost bin which can help to fertilize a home garden which helps lower your food expenses.

Local Economy
If you’re buying local produce and exercising using local gyms or resources then you’ll be benefitting the local area. Buying local often means going to farmer’s markets where you’ll be surrounded by the freshest foods that are all in season. Foods grown in season will always taste better and provide better nutritional value than the same food grown out of season and shipped in from across the country (or world, for that matter). If you’ve ever bitten into a bland and juiceless cantaloupe you’ll know what I’m talking about.

saladplateMental Benefits
If you’re buying fresh produce and staying away from processed and prepackaged foods then you’ll need a way to prepare healthy and delicious meals. Before I made a lifestyle switch I used to eat a lot of pasta and ready-to-eat meals that I could just heat up in the microwave or oven. This took no creativity on my part. Preparing meals from scratch or trying out a new recipe has turned me into a capable cook (in my opinion) and I’ve developed a decent set of skills that I didn’t have before. This also saves me from eating out as much since I can create great dishes myself which saves my wallet, and I get to control exactly what I’m putting in my body. I’m also feeling better about myself and have a more positive outlook now that I’m exercising regularly and eating healthier.
Don’t let the cost of fresh produce or a gym membership be an excuse not to eat and live healthier. The benefits go far beyond just losing weight and can actually help you save money throughout your life if you start young.

– Liran Hirschkorn is the founder of ChooseTerm.com and promoter of healthy lifestyle choices. He helps individuals across the country get the best term life insurance rates.

Best Ways To Motivate Your Children To Live An Active Physical Lifestyle

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By Kennith Campbell

boyrunninggreenDeveloping strong bodies and minds is a critical part of childhood, but few too many kids nowadays have the inspiration or motivation to do much more than sit on the couch watching television. Add to this the fact that over half the US adult population is considered overweight, and one in three kids under the age of 12 are medically overweight. The Centers for Disease Control advises that children who are overweight have a high chance of being obese in adulthood, and this can lead to a laundry-list of health issues, including:

• 70 percent of obese kids have or will develop high blood pressure and cholesterol levels that are above the normal range, which are both risk factors for heart disease.

• Inactive kids who are obese often have breathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea, which can be deadly.

• Kids are at an increased risk for impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance which lead to hormonal imbalances and type 2 diabetes.

• Children who are obese or inactive have a greater risk for mental illness and social problems due to poor self-esteems and discrimination that affects them well into adulthood.

The good news is that none of these risk factors have to happen, if you can get your children moving and leading a physically active lifestyle. It starts with good parenting and setting an example for your kids, to inspire them to see exercise and other forms of physical activity as a normal part of everyday routines.

Here are some good ways to motivate your kids to be physically fit, and avoid the problems associated with childhood obesity.

1. Make physical fitness fun. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or uncomfortable in order to be good for your health. Instead, it’s time to look at physical fitness as something to look forward to and a time for having fun. Put on some music when you do chores and encourage your kids to dance around the house. Try adding a basketball hoop to your home’s exterior and challenge your kids to a weekly game. Reduce television, computer and video game time to an hour each week, and offer alternative entertainment options.

2. Plan family activities in the outdoors. Perhaps one of the best ways to motivate your kids to get more physical fitness into their lives is by participating as a family unit. Stop doing activities that encourage sitting around, and start planning outdoor activities in community parks and playgrounds. Buy everyone a bicycle and go for rides to the store instead of driving in the family mini-van. Kids will follow in your footsteps, so you want to be a good example.

3. Stop revolving around food. A major reason why many families have a high incidence of obesity is not just about genetics; it’s also about values concerning family time and food. Families who plan events and celebrations around the food they will serve are teaching kids that in order to be happy, one must overeat. Instead, when planning or attending family activities, avoid indulging in rich foods and instead encourage personal interaction by walking around the room.

4. Set weekly goals for physical activity, with rewards. Your kids will become more self-motivated if they are challenged. This is because kids all like to feel special and they will respond to the positive reinforcement of weekly fitness goals. Create a wall chart where kids can track their fitness minutes, with a non-food treat rewarded when goals are met.

Living a healthier lifestyle and encouraging kids to get fit is a big part of who they will grow up to be someday. Make sure you are doing all you can to inspire them to be their very best.

– Kennith Campbell writes about the benefits of physical activies and physical fitness among other topics. Kennith is a writer for UltraSlide.

Top 10 Best Ways To Improve Your Lifestyle

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By Angelina Lawson

healthdietEnjoying your life is sometimes difficult to do; especially when hard times come, when finances are not doing well or when your health is not good. However, there are things you can do to improve the satisfaction in your life and one way to do that is to change your job. For most people, satisfaction in life comes from enjoying what they do for a living but if there is little satisfaction with your work, you may want to consider another job. If you feel strongly about finding another job, make a list of what you would find more enjoyable, make some goals for yourself, do some research and develop different skills when you have time. This will help prepare you for this change in your life.

Finding a hobby that you like can also improve your lifestyle. Begin thinking about something you could enjoy in your spare time. Maybe you like collecting coins or maybe you like to put puzzles together or maybe you like to knit sweaters. Whatever it is, pursue the hobby and you will find satisfaction and improvement in your life.

Then, take time to set some goals for yourself. Setting goals can be encouraging and can motivate you to do things you might not have tried before. In addition, setting a few goals can be rewarding and give you a feeling of achievement.

Still another way to improve your life is to further your education. By going back to school and learning more about life, you will find a greater sense of satisfaction and may also find out more on other career options. College counselors can be very helpful when looking for a career change. If college is not an option you prefer, read books that you find interesting.

malepushupIn addition, living a lifestyle that is healthy such as exercising on a regular basis, eating a diet that includes fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish, whole grain cereals and breads and not smoking can not only keep your healthy and well, it will also affect how you feel mentally and spiritually. It is important to note also that when you feel physically and mentally well, your confidence level is higher and that means you feel more inclined to be socially active with others. So, if you need more exercise, try a few new exercises or make a commitment to exercise more by going to a gym or taking a walk in your neighborhood.

Lyric theatre is another way to improve your life. Lyric theatre is a theatrical production that involves music, such as an opera. Attending a musical production is a great way to improve your life because the music and the acting can lift you away for a while and transport you to another, more peaceful world and can be highly uplifting and inspiring.

It is important to note that getting more sleep at night can also improve your life. There is such as difference in how you feel when you get at least six to eight hours of sleep! By keeping a routine at night and keeping your bedroom cool and keeping your bed a room where you sleep and have sex, you will be better able to get a good night’s sleep.

– This guest post is written by Angelina Lawson on Behalf of Boxoffice London, aspiring filmmaker and collector of super hero memorabilia! She also enjoy cooking, exercise and occasionally, sketching.