There are two keys to achieving better health and wellness, eat a balanced diet and exercise. If you can cut out the fatty foods and get as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day, you can improve your well being.
Any balanced diet should include at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It has set up a food pyramid for health conscious people to follow. It spells out the proper amount of servings for each food type each day; 2.5 cups of fruit, 6 ounces of grains, 5.5 ounces of beef or legumes, and 3 cups of milk. For the average person the Food Guide recommends a diet of 2000 calories per day, if you are more physically active the number can be adjusted higher.
Improving your diet alone will not guarantee better health and wellness, it is very important to include an exercise routine as well. The best plans for physical fitness will combine aerobic activity with resistance training. Aerobic exercise will strengthen the heart while the resistance training builds stronger muscles. The United States Health and Human Services Department recently published its’ physical activity guidelines for Americans which encourage people to engage in some type of activity or work out every single day.
For substantial health benefits they say “adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous intensity aerobic activity.”