With medical research over the last few decades having improved so greatly, we are now, more than ever, aware of the benefits and pitfalls of our lifestyles. Many years ago we did not have the advantages of knowing the nutritional contents of our foods nor the adverse affects of many aspects of our lifestyles. Now, however, we are becoming increasingly knowledgeable regarding the needs of our bodies and minds. Much of the information that we all have now would only have been available to the medical profession some years ago. The nutritional values of foods and the effects of poor diets are now common knowledge to even school children. The benefits of healthy living are also starting to show with life expectancies increasing and quality of life being improved.
Knowledge of our dietary needs and information regarding the nutritional values of our foods are probably the biggest factors in improving our health. This, combined with understanding the benefits of healthy living, has gone a long way to improving our quality of life. We know now all the facts about smoking, for example. When smoking tobacco first became a popular habit very little was known about the damage that it was doing. Ignorance can no longer be used as an excuse as there have been so many exhaustive tests done and so much research carried out that we are all well aware of the dangers associated with smoking. In light of this, smokers are becoming fewer and fewer and our environment becoming all the better for it. A smoke free environment in public places has vastly improved the medical welfare of all.
Now that we have all been made aware of some of the risks and dangers associated with bad diet, lack of exercise and smoking, we are all starting to see the benefits of healthy living. This is becoming apparent not only in our life expectancy but also in the quality of life that is being enjoyed by our more senior population. Retirement is no longer a time when you will feeling your age and taking to your chair. Nowadays it is much more common to see people over retirement age enjoying a full and very active lifestyle. Many more retired people are continuing with sports such as tennis, swimming and walking. There are a lot of clubs available for walking and hiking and other outdoor pursuits for the over 65s and these are becoming increasingly popular.
Children, too, are starting to see the benefits of healthy living. Many now understand that they are able to participate and succeed in sports if they follow a healthy lifestyle and not start smoking and eating junk food all the time. Good nutrition and physical fitness is now becoming popular among the youngsters as they have a better understanding of how easy it is to change their lifestyle and feel good about themselves.
The benefits of healthy living are really starting to become apparent through all the generations as our understanding and knowledge increases.