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3 Keys to Living a Healthy Life

By Genevieve Cunningham

Living a healthy life is both desirable and important. When most of us think about being healthy, we think about the same old things. We think about exercise and diets and work habits. We think about how to improve these areas of our lives. And while these are certainly areas worth a little focus, they’re not the only aspects of being healthy. If you’re interested in improving your overall health and living the healthiest life possible, take a look at these three traits that should be priority in your life today.


Living a healthy life is almost impossible without self-discipline. You have to be able to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine. You have to be able to say no to the piece of cake. You have to be able to stay on the path without deviating. This is a lot harder than most people realize, hence the difficulties we face in these areas. Focus on developing a little self-discipline, and suddenly staying healthy won’t seem quite as difficult.


Patience is important in almost every aspect of life. For physical health, patience is required in weight loss, in fitness programs, and in basic health ventures. Health doesn’t just improve overnight. It takes time and dedication and -- you guessed it -- patience. Patience is also important for our mental well-being. We need it for interacting with others, for managing anger, and for practicing good health habits that help us maintain better health every day.

An Open Mind

The unfortunate truth is that we absolutely don’t know it all. Most of us don’t know much at all, and this is especially true when it comes to health. Keeping an open mind allows us to learn new things. It allows us to try new ways of eating and working out. It allows us to practice empathy and kindness. An open mind is a crucial part of living a healthy life, but it’s also a major contributor to a happy one. One area of open-mindedness is chiropractic. More and more people are understanding that having a healthy spine -- which encases the all-important central nervous system, which controls everything a person does (blinking, breathing, bending over) -- is paramount to being your optimal self. In other words, they've adopted the idea that chiropractic isn't just for back pain. 

While diet and exercise are definitely important aspects of living healthy, they aren’t the only things that we should focus on. Developing personal characteristics is a big part of pushing ourselves toward better health. Focus on enhancing these parts of yourself, and you may find that living a healthy life is easier than ever.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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