We’ve all heard that proper diet and exercise help keep you healthy, but do these things really matter?


While going to the gym and swapping pizza for greens and lean protein don’t always sound appealing, following a healthy lifestyle pays off. You’ll feel more energetic, be able to maintain a healthy body weight more easily and lower your risk of developing things like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


But, as most of us know, this is easier said than done. For one thing, it’s hard to know what healthy food to eat or which exercises will yield the best results. There’s a lot of information available on the Internet, but you can almost always find advice that contradicts the article you just read.



If you’re interested in practicing a healthier lifestyle, your best bet is to keep it simple. The easier a meal plan or workout regime is, the more likely you are to maintain it.


Eating clean – which focuses on the idea of being mindful of how pure or unprocessed food is – is a fairly simple way to teach yourself to eat healthier. If the food you’re about to ingest contains numerous ingredients you can’t pronounce, it’s probably not great for you. Eating balanced meals consisting of fruits, vegetables, meats, carbs, proteins and dairy is ideal, but don’t think that you can’t indulge from time to time either.


Exercise is also important to your overall health for several reasons:

• If you feel good about the way you look, you’re likely to be more confident in general

• Exercise, combined with a balanced diet, will prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss

• It can help you fall or stay asleep

• It can help improve brain performance

• It is an excellent stress outlet


You don’t have to be a health nut to improve your overall health. But if you are looking for ways to start getting in shape, BuzzFeed has some great tips from people who have been there.


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