How To Be Healthy: 20 Simple Ways To Improve Health

Knowing that we should live a healthy lifestyle is different to actually living it.

With so many different opinions on what the right diet and the best foods are, knowing how to be healthy can be very confusing.

For this reason, this article provides a simple list of 20 things that we can do to improve our health.

No special diets or exercise routines required.

The more of these things we can adopt, the healthier we will be.

1. Emphasize Whole Foods Wherever Possible

It's no secret that heavily processed foods are generally bad for us.

Sadly, according to one study, the average American's diet is comprised of 58% ultra-processed foods (1).

Notably, a systematic review shows that the majority of studies find an association between ultra-processed food consumption and body fat. There are also link with chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cancer when eating higher amounts of these foods (2, 3).

As a result, one of the easiest ways to be healthy is to focus on whole food options.

This is the simplest way to improve our health, and it beats all the quick weight loss plan and other extreme dieting.

For example;

  • Rather than drinking some orange juice, eat a whole orange.
  • Replace a hot dog or fast food burger with beef and veggies. 
  • Instead of snacking on potato chips, opt for nuts, beef jerky or dark chocolate. 

Key Point: For better health, swap ultra-processed products for whole foods.

2. Lift Heavy Weights

Being healthy is about more than just the foods we eat.

Resistance training (i.e. lifting heavy things) is one of the best ways to improve various health markers. If you think weightlifting is all about building muscle, then you would be wrong. 

For example, several meta-analyses show that resistance training has a range of positive health impacts;

  • Moderate-intensity resistance training lowers blood-glucose levels and increases insulin sensitivity; improvements to these health markers lowers the risk for many chronic diseases (4).
  • Resistance training reduces blood pressure, and lowers the risk of mortality from heart disease and stroke in metabolic syndrome patients (5).
  • Studies suggest that resistance training improves personal body satisfaction, body image, and social physique anxiety (6).