Living A Greener Healthier Life
Many people do not know what living a healthier life means; this is perfectly acceptable. There seems to be a
plethora of unworkable standards tied to living a healthier life and, sometimes it’s just downright confusion.
Granted, there are lots of barriers to living a healthier, greener life, but it doesn’t have to be hard.
We can define lifestyle as a person’s way of living that reflects their choices and decisions. Living a healthy
lifestyle then is when a persons choices and decisions lead to or are more inclined toward the well-being of the
body and mind.
Living a healthier life comes down to personal choices. However, there seems to be a number of unrealistic
notions in society that make it extremely hard for many to get started on altering their lives toward living
Precisely speaking, it has been widely intimated that a healthier life is characterized by very specific things,
such as eating a certain amount of vegetables and fruits in a day, or keeping at a certain weight. While those
might represent health goals, they can not be used to define a healthy life.
Living a healthier life is characterized by four basic elements - nutrition, exercise (physical activity),
stress and sleep. Most people that are conscious about their health and well-being know how to use these basic
elements in their lives, and that makes part of their lifestyle. There is another sad notion that failure to comply
with public health guidelines constitutes to living an unhealthy life.
This is totally wrong because such guidelines only provide benchmarks, without effective education on how to
achieve them. For instance, some health guidelines stipulate keeping at a weight with ‘body mass index in the
range of 18.5 to 25’, as one of the things defining a healthy life.
But there are no recommendations on how to achieve that health goal. We can then conclude that living healthier
is a matter of relative choices based on the four basic elements, made at a personal level.
We can define a green or greener life as a lifestyle that is geared toward
conserving the environment. It is being more conscious of the damage that our lifestyles can cause to the
environment and making efforts to reverse that trend.
We all realize that opting to live a greener life involves making some stern life changes, and the thought of
this takes most people out of their comfort zones. However, when you think about it, going green can start right in
front of your computer.
Most of us don’t even realize that we may indirectly be helping in the ‘living green’ campaign. For instance,
when you opt to download music, its not only convenient, it also means that you’ve eliminated the need for
packaging, handling and transporting of physical CDs.
Thus, living greener can really start with very subtle things in our day to day lives. If you want to make
greener choices, think ‘eco friendly’ in whatever you do; from energy, water, food to utensils and electronics.
Like health, living greener should be approached in a gradient manner, rather than an ‘all or nothing’ case.