What does a healthy lifestyle involve?

A healthy lifestyle involves eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, getting enough sleep, managing stress, avoiding harmful substances such as tobacco and excessive alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight.


How much physical activity should I aim for?

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or a combination of both, spread throughout the week. It's also recommended to incorporate muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.


What is a balanced diet?

A balanced diet includes a variety of foods from all the food groups, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. It's important to limit intake of saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and sodium. Eating in moderation and listening to your body's hunger and fullness cues is also important for a balanced diet.


How much sleep should I aim for?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, while children and adolescents need more. It's important to get enough sleep for proper brain function, mood regulation, and physical health.


How does stress affect my health?

Chronic stress can lead to physical and mental health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, and anxiety. It's important to manage stress through activities such as exercise, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques.


How does smoking affect my health?

Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke, and several other cancers. Quitting smoking can greatly improve your health and reduce your risk of these diseases.