walking is my easiest and favorite health habit

A healthy habit is described as any behavior that benefits our mental, physical and emotional health. The point though, is that even knowing the benefits of healthy habits, it’s hard to incorporate it into our lifestyles. We are so tempted by all the fattening foods that are readily available and are cheap to boot. The next time you’re watching television, count in the space of 5 minutes how many commercials you see for fast food, fattening soda and desserts loaded with calories . You have to be superhuman to resist.

Healthy habits to help improve lifestyle include:

  • eating right, incorporating fruits into the diet
  • exercise
  • moderate consumption of alcohol

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I admit to sometimes slipping in my effort to stay healthy, especially in the summer. The weather is often hot and muggy which discourages me from my regular walks during the day. By the time night falls, any thought of exercise is completely gone as l settle in to watch television or read a book. I could of course join a gym,  which l have done in the past, but more often than not, l give up on going after just a few months. We are lucky right now to live in front of a park with dedicated paths for walkers and joggers. This has made walking as part of my healthy habit so much easier. We do it first thing every morning. We have also stopped consuming alcohol (down from 3 servings of beer/wine per week). Our neighborhood grocery stores are about half a mile from the house so we walk back and forth on a daily basis. Our new frugal habit has also saved us money because we all know it’s cheaper to eat at home. Who doesn’t love saving money?

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Home cooked meals such as this fusilli with clams and mushrooms are the new norm

While l am not at the ideal weight according to world standards, I feel more mentally alert. The weight seems to be coming off (my clothes are looser fitting) and l am actually enjoying fresh fruit. Fast food is a thing of the past for us as well. We eat in for the most part. Walking has been good for my overall health.

What is your easiest and favorite healthy habit?