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February 19, 2008

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy

By Worker Bee
53 Comments

We know by now that we need to work out, need to eat the right foods and do stuff that is “healthy for us,” but sometimes when we’re waking up at 5 am to hit the treadmill before work or shunning the donuts at the breakfast meeting, its easy to lose sight of what we’re doing this all for.

So here’s the quick & dirty, Mark’s Daily Apple top 10 reasons why you need and want to stay healthy. Stick this list up on your fridge, tuck it in your workout bag, heck, have it tattooed on your forehead… whatever it takes to keep you motivated to lead that healthy lifestyle!

Live Longer:

You never questioned the fact that you would need to contribute to your retirement fund at work, so why would you question an investment in your health? There is a huge body of evidence suggesting that healthy living — both in terms of exercising, eating well, and staying on top of health screenings and physicians visits — can keep you living healthy and living longer! In fact, in a recent evaluation of 20,000 people published in the Public Library of Science Medicine, it was found that people who exercise regularly, drink alcohol only in moderation, consume a nutritious diet and avoid smoking can tack an additional 14 years on to their life expectancy. Not bad, eh?

Thrive Not Just Survive:

Lets face it, living to 100 really isn’t going to matter if, at that age, you are bedridden and unable to enjoy the fruits of your labors! We need to stay healthy so that when we’re blowing out the candles at our centennial celebration, we’re able to cut a rug on the dance floor immediately after!

More Energy:

It might seem counterintuitive that when you are feeling fatigued, you should go exercise, but the reality is working out – be it a quick walk around the block, participating in a yoga class or embarking on a solitude hike – can give you the kick that you need to keep going through the day. The reason? Exercise stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins that not only make you feel better but also up your energy levels.

Avoid Disease/Illness:

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In addition to keeping you looking good, regular exercise and a healthy diet can help reduce free radicals as well as promote the release of toxins associated with disease and infections. A healthy lifestyle helps stave off hypertension (high blood pressure), promote healthy cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of diabetes, and keep your ticker in shape!

Keep Medical Costs Down:

When a study came out in recent weeks suggesting that obese people are cheaper to treat than healthier weight people, the scientific community was up in arms! The study, conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, suggested that since healthier people tend to live longer, their medical costs were higher. However, the researchers acknowledged that the cost per year was far higher for obese people than their thinner counterparts up to age 56 and that the extra cost for healthier people was associated with “life years gained.” Our verdict? It’s better to live longer and spread out all those physician visits than shun the healthy lifestyle and pass your days sitting around in the doctor’s waiting room!

For your Kids and Grandkids:

For many of us, we want to be there for all of our children’s milestones — the proms, graduations, weddings and births of your grandchildren — and for others, well, some others just want to be there so that when said grandchildren use their apple sauce to reupholster the fancy couch they can chuckle softly to themselves and let out a hearty “I told you so!”

Empowerment and Confidence:

Remember the way that you feel after completing that long run? After lifting your personal best at the gym? There you are sweaty and worn out and still feeling so darn good! And that feeling carries over and translates into the way you present yourself as well as how you are perceived by others.

Look Better:

There’s a mountain of undergarments — for both men and women — that can help you look better in your clothes, whether its padding out certain areas or sucking in others. However, when it’s you and only you filling out those jeans it just feels so much better. In addition, leading a healthy lifestyle can also improve the appearance of your skin, teeth and nails and give you that certain glow that makes you look great!

Better Mental Health:

In a study conducted by researchers at Duke University it was found that exercising for 30 minutes, three times a week can help an estimated 60% of patients overcome their depression without using anti-depressant medications. In addition, exercise can give you the time you need to relax, take a break and deal with the problem at hand!

Better Sex:

Did you know that one of the first signs of blood pressure troubles in men is uhh… failure to stand to attention? Yep, if your body isn’t in shape, it shuns extra-curricular activities – such as sex – to protect you and allow the body time to recover. However, in a study of 600 men conducted by researchers at Boston University, it was found that a brisk 2 mile walk per day can significantly reduce the risk of erectile deficiency (ED). Healthy eating can also lead to better sex. For example, a diet rich in heart-healthy Omega-3’s (from fish, leafy green vegetables) and foods rich in L-Arginine, such as cashews, walnuts, root vegetables, garlic, ginseng, soybeans, chickpeas and seeds can help boost circulation and thus improve erectile response.

Share your own personal reasons for leading a healthy lifestyle in the comment boards.

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53 Comments on "Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy"

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Frank
Frank
8 years 7 months ago

I stay healthy for my wife. We’ve been together for 42 years. I don’t want her to have to go through losing me.

Samantha
Samantha
8 years 7 months ago

It is all about feeling good. When I am sick – even with just a cold or minor flu – there is almost nothing I wouldn’t give to feel healthy and vibrant. It is also what drives me to make, invest, and save money. Some people want a yacht. I want to be able to afford the best health care available.

Mike
Mike
8 years 7 months ago

I just wanted to point out that there is a mini-bonfire on that old dude’s cake. I can’t imagine that thing was edible after they had to use a fire extinguisher to put it out. By the looks of the flames there must be at least 120 candles on that cake.

Karl
Karl
3 years 5 months ago

that is why he has two cakes, so the other one can be completely engulfed

Naomi
8 years 7 months ago

Another reason; Smell better.

Charlie
Charlie
8 years 7 months ago

This is related to at least a couple of those listed, but staying healthy is part of attracting the opposite sex. I know that is part of my reason for staying fit.

keller
keller
8 years 7 months ago

“Estimated 60% of patients overcome their depression without using anti-depressant medications”.
This is simply amazing. It really is important to get out and work your body and mind, Get those endorphins working for you.

Huckleberry
8 years 7 months ago
Another reason to stay healthy: Help other people stay healthy through example, and slowly help increase the community’s health, nutrition, knowledge, and consumption of sustainably produced foods. Mark’s blog (not to mention other good food/health blogs) is a great example of this; his information and personal lifestyle add credence and interest to the posts. I try doing this with my roommates, simply by cooking delicious, great-smelling, healthy food, and talking to them about it if asked; they’ve both increased their purchasing at farmers’ markets, lowered intake of processed foods, and are slowly getting less afraid of healthy fats. People learn… Read more »
primalman08
primalman08
8 years 7 months ago

Mark,

I would like to encourage you to do more on the sexual benefits of living well. In my practice, I am astonished and sadened to hear about the lack of sex people over 50 are having with their partners. It goes well beyond just ED. It has to do with fatigue, low libido, poor body image and difficulties with positioning due to BMI. I hate to be so frank about it, but it is true and I feel it is very important.

I hope that you/we can spend more time addressing this highly personal, highly important topic.

Mark
8 years 7 months ago

Noted, primalman08. This is a topic I haven’t focused on, but will put in my long list of issues to address in the near future. Thanks for the suggestion. Cheers!

Dave C.
8 years 7 months ago

I’ve planned my retirement around a house I built in Thailand surrounded by golf courses. I’d love to shoot my age with both numbers having three digits! 🙂

Tatsujin
8 years 7 months ago

Great comment Huckleberry!!!! And so true.

Marc

Dave C.
8 years 7 months ago

By the way, today I have a gaunlet to navigate at work. It’s delivery day for those that ordered Girl Scout cookies. In my former life I was known to devour an entire box of Samoas or Thin Mints in the blink of an eye. 🙂

Migraineur
8 years 7 months ago

Well, I’m a contrarian, so I do it to prove everyone who believes the conventional wisdom wrong! I have lost almost 20 lbs since August, enough so that people are starting to notice. I love going out to eat with people, ordering a steak, and slathering it and the veggies with real butter and putting real olive oil on my salad. “Oh, you must be having a treat,” they say. “Nope, this is how I eat all the time.”

Dave C – I think they put crack in Girl Scout cookies. It’s the only explanation.

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8 years 7 months ago

another reasons ur orgarms feel better u feel much younger, also have the confident to wear what u want, working out is the best sports

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8 years 5 months ago

I do agree with u and I would like to encourage you to do more on the sexual benefits of living well. In my practice, I am astonished and sadened to hear about the lack of sex people over 50 are having with their partners.

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beeface
6 years 3 months ago
WHY TO Stay healthy? oh shoot, many reasons DUH! so you are not in a walker or on oxygen or having a heart attach at 50. that sucks! i like being fit, being energetic, being a good role model for my coworkers, who sit on their fat butts all day. i have changed some of their habits. moving around more, walking meetings, taking a lunch break to jog, whatever….not eating crap!! to be honest, i like looking good, feeling good and no one believes i am 36!!so if a bit of self centeredness comes into play, so be it! (not… Read more »
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courtneyjo
4 years 8 months ago

i’m fit and healthy i plan to stay this way

maddison
maddison
4 years 4 months ago

i am fit and healthy because i can run 20 laps around a football oval

victoria
victoria
4 years 3 months ago

THX this is wonderful for my English report on why and how to be healthy…. 😀

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Lola
Lola
4 years 7 days ago

This is sooo helpfull guys thanks sooo much!

timmy
3 years 8 months ago

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3 years 8 months ago

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Anna
Anna
3 years 6 months ago

Mark: Thank you for the delightful post.

However I wonder if it shouldn’t be entitled “Top 10 Reasons to Exercise”? I guess most people exercise so that they are and remain healthy, but why is it that people want to stay healthy? I doubt health in and of itself is the reason, but the plentiful benefits, or should I say possibilities that arise from it. One of the ten definitely had to do with this, ie for kids and grandkids.

Thanks in advance!
Anna

layton hibble
3 years 6 months ago

excellent post not many people realise how important exercise is

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