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Bringing Balance to Your Healthy Lifestyle

By Donna Stark

Most of us already know that a healthy lifestyle is vital if we want to live a long and prosperous life, but how many of us know what that really means? What exactly is a healthy lifestyle? Is it only about what we eat, how much we exercise, and how well we sleep? Or is there more? Well, if you said there is more, you're the winner because studies have shown that staying socially active and nurturing your hobbies and passions is equally important as those others, especially when it comes to living your best life!

Nurturing Your Hobbies

Nurturing and taking care of what really feeds your soul is just as critical as those daily exercises and healthy foods you use to fuel your body. It is important to prioritize your hobbies, passions, leisure activities, and social connections because they help to reduce the risk of isolation, loneliness, depression, and illness. In fact, they are just what the doctor ordered! So give it some thought, and if you need ideas for some new healthy pastimes, take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Bring home a four-legged baby - In addition to providing tremendous amounts of comfort, pets can also help to improve your overall health! Caring for a pet has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels, fight depression, and decrease the risk of heart conditions.
  • Get creative - More than providing stimulation for the brain, creating art or making crafts can also be very cathartic. So, what do you like to do? From painting to sewing to jewelry design, art and crafts are one of the best things you can spend your time on.
  • Practice yoga - Don't discount that quiet time in a yoga class. Yoga can provide some serious benefits to your overall health and wellness! It helps to strengthen the body's muscles and bones, increase balance and flexibility, and reduce levels of stress and anxiety, so sign up for a class today. You won't regret it!
  • Stay connected - You can reduce your risk of loneliness, isolation, and physical and mental decline by continuing to stay connected to family and friends, or by volunteering in your local community. One of the most important aspects of life, and what gives us reason to live, are the connections we make with those around us.

Being Mindful With Every Aspect of Your Health

A healthy diet, daily exercise, and quality sleep are important for a long life, but let's not forget the other stuff too! Balance and a well-rounded perspective to your overall wellness are needed just as much, so figure out what it is that brings joy to your heart and do it often.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Knightdale, N.C.

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