Learned But Have Forgotten

Beginning at an early age, we are told to eat healthy and exercise in order to maintain good health. Unfortunately, most of us have grown away from this mentality as we grew up and became able to get fast food at any time. For several reasons, eating a home cooked meal would be a much better, and healthier, alternative to fast food. However, convenience often plays a role in the decision to get fast food. Unfortunately, fast food does nothing to improve one’s overall health. In addition to a eating healthier diet, exercising is also crucial for improving one’s health. The recommended amount of exercise is three times a week for 30 minutes – just an hour and a half each week. Jogging and power walking are two excellent ways to exercise, without having to purchase expensive exercise equipment or pay membership fees. Additionally, sit-ups and push-ups can be great ways to improve muscle tone while in the comfort of your home. In addition to exercise, eating a healthy diet can are key in helping you live a longer, healthier life.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that an estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be caused because of obesity and living an unhealthy lifestyle. Not only would leading a healthier lifestyle lead to improved weight loss, sleep habits, and other health issues, but it will also help to prevent chronic diseases. Poor diet and physical inactivity are directly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and other poor health statuses. There are six main changes that will occur if you maintain a healthy diet:

  • Your priorities change
  • You’ll enjoy healthy food
  • You’ll still enjoy your favorite food
  • You’ll get rid of the guilt
  • You’ll become more adventurous
  • You’ll see food in a different light

Making healthy food choices and exercising at least for thirty minutes, three times a week will enable you to feel more energetic and confident, while improving your overall health.

Picture Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/104433-exercising-eating/