Health is wealth, says an old adage from some person from a long time ago. A three word saying should sound very corny and immature, and this is no exception. However, if you think about it, there is certain wisdom that you can get from such a simple sentence. It talks about how important your health is and to prioritize it in your daily life. It is a possession that you can always take with you, something that you can use in your daily life. Having a healthy body is always an advantage since it makes you perform better with your tasks. It also helps in improving your mental state and your social interactions.
However, living in the modern world can affect the way we eat and live. Especially if you are in the urban areas, life is very fast-paced. You need to be a step ahead of everyone else or you will be left behind. This kind of life bleeds into the way we eat and live our lifestyle. Back when you were in school, you have probably tried living on instant ramen for many days or even weeks. The coffee than that you got from the cafeteria tastes like motor oil so you add a few tablespoons of sugar. Then you either study lying down on your bed or drowning yourself in beer every other day.
When you graduated and pushed into the real world, things became worse. The instant ramen became fast food chains and Pop Tarts for breakfast. The motor oil coffee became a sugar bomb from Starbucks. You go home and lie on your couch to stream Game of Thrones while munching on potato chips and guzzling beer like you are still a frat bro. You go to the sports channels and you see all those athletes with their ripped bodies and you think to yourself: why can’t I be like that? Your flabs might answer, you can but you just need to take an effort.
Yes, it takes a lot of effort to stay healthy. This is not the ancient days anymore when people were forced to do hard labor and only the aristocrats were fat. In the days of the internet, you do not even need to move to do anything at all. With just a few clicks and cash, then you can have whatever you want. Unfortunately, this is not the same with keeping a healthy lifestyle. You need to have patience and effort in order to get the body that you want. Are you ready to dedicate your life in keeping yourself healthy? Well, there are some things that you need to do and give up in order to become healthy.
Yes, you need to do something and even give up others. Nothing ever worth doing is easy. So if you want to have that body that you can rock with, we have three tips for you.
1. Avoid too much sugar and salt.
Sugar and salt are not inherently bad for you. They both give flavor and even preserves the food that they are added to. However, too much of a good thing can still negatively affect you.
Let us first start with sugar. There are many types of sugars in the environment, but we will focus more on the simple sugar fructose. It can be found in almost any product in your grocery store. From obvious stuff like sodas and sweets to canned goods, ready-to-prepare meals and even “healthy” products like packed fruit juices and energy drinks. These can be so full of sugar that consuming most of these on a daily basis can cause diabetes. It can also affect your appetite as it increases your need for food. In other words, it makes you hungrier so that you will eat more and more. Thus, it leads to weight gain and diseases like heart ailments.
Salt, on the other hand, is just as bad. It increases the water inside your body which raises your blood pressure. This can lead to hypertension and other disease related to your bloodstream. The liver and kidneys can also be severely affected by too much salt consumption. It can even lead to kidney failure which causes death to millions worldwide. Click here (bloodpressureuk.org removed due to dead link) to learn more about it.
You can always check the labels of the products that you are going to consume to find out the levels of sugar or salt that they are using. In the nutrition facts section, salt is usually labelled as “sodium” while sugars can be a part of carbohydrates or simple labelled sugars.
2. Stay active even in the littlest of ways.
Being active does not mean that you should run for miles everyday to compensate for your lack of activity. That can be good for you, but you cannot do that on your first day. Start on the small things, like walking from your home to work if it is near enough. Wake up early in the morning to do some simple house chores or other routine tasks. Walk up and down the stairs instead of using the elevator (unless you are already late). Don’t spend too much time on your cubicle as it can tempt you in eating something on your desk. You do not even need to have a gym membership: all you need is a simple warm-up, clothes you do not mind soiling, great shoes for walking or running and you are good to go. Oh, don’t forget your water!If you want to read more, you can also try checking this website out: https://www.dietfitnessking.com.
3. Indulge yourself once in a while, but not more than that.
There is nothing wrong with sitting on the couch on a Sunday morning, munching on chips and drinking soda while waiting for a hockey game or something. Sometimes you just need to relax and eat something that you want. However, don’t do this too often as it will destroy whatever progress you made. Start getting active and eating right, and that pizza on a Sunday night will taste so much better.