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What Is Physical Health?

Physical health refers to the well-being of the body.

How do you maintain good physical health?

A healthy lifestyle can help us maintain our physical health. This includes eating foods that are good for us, drinking enough water, being physically active and having a good sleep routine. Limiting our screen time and the time we spend sitting down can also help us stay healthy.

People with a healthy lifestyle often feel good, maintain a healthy body weight, and have plenty of energy for both work and play. Healthy lifestyles can lower our risk of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, and can even make us feel more positive and happy. Follow the steps below to improve your physical health.

Maintain a healthy diet

Food is the fuel our bodies need for energy, to grow and to keep us strong and healthy.

A healthy diet includes a balanced variety of foods which contain the nutrients our body needs. Nutritious foods should include starchy foods like potatoes, bread and cereals; vegetables and fruits, dry beans, peas, lentils and soya; chicken, fish, meat and eggs; milk, maas, yoghurt; fat and oil; and water. Choosing a variety of foods will help to make your meals interesting and healthy.

Be physically active

A healthy lifestyle includes physical activity. Those younger than 18 years should do at least some 60 minutes per day of physical activity across the week or 30 minutes per day for those older than 18 years. This should be mostly aerobic activities like jogging, dancing, cycling and even housework or gardening, but activities that strengthen muscle and bone should also be included at least 3 times per week or 2 times for adults. This includes running, playing sports like soccer or rugby, jumping rope or going to the gym.

If you are not used to it, you can start by doing small amounts of physical activity, and gradually increase the frequency, intensity and duration over time. If you have little time, you can incorporate more activity in your daily life by walking, cycling, taking the stairs or doing active chores like sweeping.

Leading an active lifestyle can help with our physical health, but also has a positive effect on our mental health and school/work. Physical activity boosts our mood and helps us manage stress, leads to better sleep and helps our heart and lungs work more efficiently, which gives us more energy.

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