How to Stay Healthy in America’s Least Healthy States

by Alex ThatcherSeptember 1, 2017

Stay Fit in These States, Despite the Unhealthy Stats

In 2016, statistics came in that reported the American South to be the least healthy region in the country. With Mississippi and Louisiana filling out the bottom of the list, Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, and South Carolina were also close. The Hill cites tobacco production, poverty, air pollution, and high obesity rates as just a few factors that contribute to these rankings.

Just because you live in a reportedly “unhealthy” state doesn’t mean you need to succumb to an unhealthy lifestyle. There are plenty of ways to stay healthy and defy the status quo in these states. Here are some healthy lifestyle tips to help you get and stay on the right track.
How to Stay Healthy in an unhealthy state

Avoid Packaged Foods

According to State of Obesity, Louisiana had the highest obesity rates in the country in 2015, with an adult obesity rate of 36.2%. One of the best ways to defy this statistic is to eat healthy, while avoiding packaged and fast foods.

2 Cajun Girls, a paleo blog based in New Orleans, has great posts on how to eat healthy while still allowing yourself a chance to occasionally indulge in the delicious food that the south has to offer. Expect luxurious paleo pasta dishes and grocery shopping lists to stock your pantry with healthy and tasty foods.
How to Stay Healthy in an unhealthy state

Don’t Sit at a Desk All Day

Sitting at a desk may feel difficult to avoid for many working professionals out there, but there are ways to get creative so you can avoid sitting all day long. Harvard Medical School published an article, arguing that standing desks reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death.

Investing in a standing desk is one way to get on your feet while still remaining productive. The Wirecutter has some great suggestions for standing desks that are available at a wide spectrum of prices. Live Life Active, a Charleston, South Carolina based fitness blog, also has some great suggestions on how to exercise at home or at the gym during lunch breaks.

Maintain Regular Sleep Patterns

Getting enough sleep each night is an all-around healthy choice. Not only will you jump-start your metabolism, but you will also reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Southern Hospitality, a lifestyle blog based out of Atlanta, Georgia, details how a regular REM cycle combined with regular exercise can actually aid in weight loss.
How to Stay Healthy in an unhealthy state

Get Outside to Stay Fit

According to Business Insider, Mississippi rates as the most physically inactive state. One way to reverse this statistic is to get moving as you place a priority on getting some fresh air for an interval of at least thirty minutes a day.

A post on shows just some of the health benefits of 30 minutes of activity a day, including improved moods and increased regularity when it comes to food digestion.

Staying Fit Through Thick and Thin

Staying healthy in an unhealthy environment is not as hard as it may seem at first. Being conscious of the unhealthy habits and lifestyles around you will make it easier to break the mold and get fit.

Once you have pinpointed your bad habits, it will be easier to maintain a healthy environment. Be persistent, and your healthy lifestyle just may help inspire those around you to transform their lives for the better, too.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.