Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Decent Essays
Cassandra Cruz
July 7, 2013
Professor Bruce Victor
Health 102
To maintain a healthy lifestyle in a society that changes so frequently, one must stay determined to stay healthy. As I have learned in this course, being healthy is not easy in the world we live in today. Being truly healthy requires work and sacrifice. It may mean that maybe we shouldn’t have that extra slice of cake or maybe we should try to squeeze in that extra hour of sleep. Whatever the small sacrifice may be, being healthy is so worth it because it can improve our overall quality of life. Our society is always advertising a new diet pill, or a new brand of cigarettes, but are those types of things worth feeling lousy and run down? I personally don’t think
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High blood pressure is also linked to heart attacks and strokes. Stress hormones also make it much harder to sleep. Those who sleep anywhere from seven to nine hours a night are less likely to become obese and may even be more likely to drop weight rather than gain it. Adequate sleep can also make you more productive and alert. Being a high school student, getting enough sleep is not always on the top of my list of things to do. I’m always busy or I choose to stay up later than I should in order to get things done. This is a fault on my part because by doing this I am forcing my body to run on fumes. I need to make it a point to allow my body to rest enough every night so that I can be even more productive the next day. Sleep may seem very trivial when it comes to getting healthier, but in fact it is the very base of having a healthy body. Positive thinking can protect our immune system. Our thoughts and attitude have a very big effect on our bodies. By being negative, our bodies become more susceptible to illnesses and diseases. In many studies researchers have found that optimists tend to have better health than pessimists. Optimists were even found to recover from surgery faster than pessimists. Our mind has a very strong effect on our bodies and by thinking positively we can improve our health. There is no thought that we have that our bodies do not hear. Our
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