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Mediterranean Lifestyle: Major Health Boost?

By Genevieve Cunningham

You may have heard rumblings of the Mediterranean Diet in your past. Once upon a time, this diet was hot in the fitness world. While this method is still relevant, its popularity has seriously declined in recent years. But, in its wake comes a new healthy tip straight from the Mediterranean, and this tip is less about diet and more about lifestyle. To get the skinny on this hot new lifestyle movement, check out the ins and outs of living a Mediterranean lifestyle wherever you reside. You've already got the beach, so you're halfway there, right?

What is the Mediterranean Lifestyle?

This lifestyle is a new way of staying healthy, but with a slightly different spin. It’s still hot in the world of health, but not necessarily in fitness since it doesn’t overly exaggerate the importance of hardcore exercise. The Mediterranean Lifestyle includes a healthy and well balanced diet, moderate unintentional exercise, and plenty of fun and socializing. Sounds great, right? But does it work?

The Benefits

Those who are supporters of this method claim that this lifestyle boosts the natural health of your body and also lowers stress levels. And they might be right. Recent research suggests that it lowers the risk of depression, as levels of stress are significantly lowered for most people. It’s also suggested that the preferred foods (fruits, veggies, nuts, oils) bring the proper nutrients to leave your body feeling its best. Followers claim less inflammation, fewer headaches and body aches, greater focus and concentration, and perhaps the most important of all … a more enjoyable life experience.

What are the Specifics?

Though it’s easy to say change your lifestyle, it’s much more difficult to understand and practice. For food, proponents of this style advise to eat plenty of fresh foods: Fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and very few processed items. For exercise, most supporters claim that exercise should be a part of your everyday life. Walk more, use the stairs, take leisurely strolls, and be active in your everyday tasks rather than devote a certain number of hours a day to the gym. It’s also important, according to this method, to meet with friends and family regularly in order to enhance moods and lower stress levels. If this sounds possible and pleasurable, the experiences of thousands as well as science may agree with you.

So should you change your lifestyle to meet these requirements? The truth is that if you look at the specifics, it’s not much different from other healthy lifestyle choices. Most health professionals advise these same types of routines. Following a Mediterranean lifestyle may not be much more than following the advice that you’ve already been given by your trusted health providers. It’s just that now it comes with a name … and an appealing one at that. Should you try it? It won’t hurt! Give it a try to see if your health improves and your outlook on life brightens.

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