A recent Mayo Clinic post illustrated a very important aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Using the example of a patient who was a NFL linebacker, the author explains that even someone with such a physically demanding profession can lead a healthy lifestyle provided they take certain steps. For the linebacker, being healthy required that he maintain a nutritious diet, visit regularly with and studiously prepare for each game that he played in. By taking those three steps, the author argues, the linebacker was able to enjoy a long and fruitful career instead of a short one marked by frequent injuries and prolonged absences.
While most people don’t have to deal with the challenges of trying to tackle 250 pound receivers, there are aspects of our lives that are physically demanding. For example, if you have an office job, you probably spend hours at a time sitting at a desk working at a computer. People who work in that kind of setting don’t have to worry about compound fractures, but they do run a high risk of contracting illnesses such as hypertension, obesity and muscle strain. It’s only by taking frequent activity breaks, maintaining a healthy diet and putting their computer screen at eye level will an office worker avoid debilitating illness later in life. Being healthy means more than just eating right and exercising, it means making sure every aspect of your life is as healthy as can be.
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