HEALTHY LIVING

Living life involves knowledge about basic survival skills paired with making connections to people who help you get your needs met. In the mid-1900s, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow identified his theory of the basic needs for successful human progression, deemed the "hierarchy of needs."

Living life involves knowledge about basic survival skills paired with making connections to people who help you get your needs met. In the mid-1900s, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow identified his theory of the basic needs for successful human progression, deemed the "hierarchy of needs."

Within this hierarchy, the first and most important needs included basic survival, or physiological needs, followed by safety and belonging. Although a theory, the hierarchy, paired with medical advancement, is useful as a guideline for healthy living and preventing controllable diseases.

Physical activity is important in reducing your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It also stimulates your mental wellness by increasing brain chemicals involved in regulating your mood, sleep and appetite. The American Heart Association advises exercising for at least 30 minutes a day by walking, joining a fitness class or engaging in yard work. For every hour you engage in exercise, like walking, you may add two hours to your life. It can be difficult to fit exercise into your daily routine, but try by walking around your neighborhood instead of watching a 30-minute show on television. Get your family involved in exercise to make it fun or ask friends to join you in becoming healthier.