The issue of living a healthy lifestyle is an important one. A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problems, for recovery, for coping with life stressors, and for improving quality of life. However, convincing people that health is a good investment, and providing guidance and incentives to create a culture that fosters health, are complex processes.
Illness is costly. It takes considerable resources to cope with and to improve health problems. The increasing prevalence of chronic illness and disabling conditions, along with greater life expectancy and the rising average age of the population, are substantive contributors to the rising burden of illness. Conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, joint disease, and mental illness are responsible for a vast number of deaths and disabilities. Currently, we rely almost exclusively on the provision of clinical care by highly trained health professionals as our major strategy to deal with these conditions. However, problems in the provision of health care will likely worsen unless action is taken now to promote health and prevent illness. Action must include the development of more effective alternatives to the present reliance on health care services as the response to illness.
Many health problems can be prevented or at least their occurrence postponed by having a healthy lifestyle. Many health issues are addressed with exercise, nutrition, stress management and other healthy lifestyle practices. Many of the behaviours that contribute to health conditions, whether good health or ill health, are clearly related to the interdependence between people’s lifestyle and their social environment
Living a Healthy Lifestyle will promote your physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being; enhancing the quality of your life.