Living healthy is not just about weight loss or gain, it's about taking care of your body so you can have the energy to live your best life for as long as possible.
Healthy can be different for everyone. You may have a health condition, disability, or food allergy that doesn't allow you to eat certain foods or perform some types of exercise. Be sure you work with a health specialist to determine what healthy means for you.
Developing healthy habits is hard and often requires a mindset and life change, which is why we use the Attain by AetnaSM app at Nextep. Not only does it encourage us to stay active, but it’s also rewarding. Businesses can use programs or apps, like Attain, to incentivize employees to get moving.
"The goals aren't too difficult to achieve, and I started paying attention to my movement," says Ciara Ross, Nextep employee. "I like to look at my schedule and decide which days I'm going to be most active so I can plan accordingly. I take an evening walk or do a yoga challenge to meet my daily goals. Attain has given me the motivation to do what I should be doing anyway: staying active."
Visit attainbyaetna.com to learn more about how the app works. In the meantime, here are three perks of a healthy lifestyle:
Stronger immune system
A healthy lifestyle makes your immune system stronger. The better your immune system is, the more resilient your body is toward illnesses or conditions, like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and colds.
Better sleep = more energy
Sleep is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. According to the National Sleep Foundation, regular activity can result in better quality sleep. By sleeping well, eating right, and exercising daily, you will have more natural energy to do the things you love.
Exercise is a stress reliever and endorphin booster for your mind and body. The Mayo Clinic states that physical activity of any kind increases overall health and sense of well-being. It releases the feel-good endorphins that give you a little more pep to face daily stresses.