Being healthy is something most of us strive for each day; however, there are some who are unsure how to reach and maintain optimal health. One way is to eat balanced meals. By making food choices that are healthy, you can prevent or treat some conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. In addition, a healthy diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats, can help you get the weight off and lower your cholesterol.

Another way to obtain a healthy body and prevent certain health conditions is to exercise. Exercise can prevent a host of health problems such as diabetes and cancer. Exercise can also treat osteoporosis, depression and high blood pressure. In addition, routine exercise can also keep your weight under control and lower anxiety. For exercise to work, it is important to exercise for at least a half hour a day, five times a week.

Most importantly, if you are overweight, do what you can to get the weight off. Eating less and exercising more, are the most effective ways to lose weight. If this doesn’t work, talk with your doctor about other ways to lose weight. Being overweight can increase your risk for several health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, some cancers and gallbladder disease.

Staying out of the sun is another way to maintain good health. Too much exposure to the sun has been linked to skin cancer. Other ways to protect your skin is to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Also, most doctors and dermatologists agree, stay away from tanning booths.

Most importantly, practice safe sex. Safe sex is not only important to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, but is also good for your physical and emotional health. In addition, don’t smoke. Smoking can lead to various kinds of cancer such as mouth, throat and lung cancer. Smoking can also lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is also advisable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

Besides all of the above suggestions, one should also make time for regular checkups with his or her doctor. Visits with your eye doctor, dermatologist and dentist should also be included. Women should get mammograms and pap smears and women and men should also have cancer screenings and that should include screening for colon cancer, beginning around 50. In addition, keep a list of current medicines that you are taking and take the list with you every time you see your doctor.

Keep in mind; there are several great benefits in being health and well such as controlling your weight, improving your mood, preventing certain diseases, boosting your energy and improving the length of your life.

To conclude, being healthy and well is something many strive for each day; however, there are some who are unsure how to reach and maintain wellness. Follow the above suggestions and enjoy good health! Your better health and wellness up to you. With the many benefits good health offers, it makes sense to eat balanced meals and exercise.