Prioritize Your Life, Prioritize Your Health
Let’s face it your health affects all aspects of your life. Once we are faced with a health crisis we are challenged with changing our lifestyle, diet and possibly our finances. Most people wait until a health crisis hits before they make their body a priority. Why wait? Make your body, your health a priority now, it’s that important. In reality, if you feel crappy then everything else you do will end with a crappy result.
How important is your health? Ask yourself this before reading further. Anything you do to improve your health will positively affect your body and lifestyle. I have put together a brief outline to get you on the path to thinking and living a healthy, happy and productive life.
What are you eating?
Take a look at what you are putting into your body. Read the labels from the food that you are buying and ingesting. I know, it has been a bit since high school chemistry; if you need your high school chemistry book to figure out what the ingredient is then you should not be eating it. Put it back on the shelf. What you should be putting in your shopping cart and your body are vegetables, fruits, raw nuts, chicken, fish, eggs, meat. If you make 90% of your diet, fresh food, you will see a significant improvement your weight and your health. If you think you don’t have time to eat healthy, you do with the proper planning. Cook several portions of one meal and freeze some. You can grab this when in a hurry for lunch or dinner.
How much do you eat?
There is no need to eat everything that is on your plate. Most times it is double what you should be eating anyway. When hunger strikes and you a looking to snack, add one small apple with a handful of raw nuts. By conditioning your body to become accustomed to the smaller portions; eventually you will not be able to eat as much in one sitting as you have before.
Many people mistake thirst for hunger, you may just be thirsty and dehydrated. Dehydration has directly been linked to several forms of diseases including colon cancer, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. In time, dehydration will result in weight gain from overeating as a result of thirst confusion and with hunger satisfaction.
Don’t drink anything just to quench your thirst. Drinks like coffee and sodas contain caffeine which dehydrate you even more creating a feeling of hunger. The sugars in sodas will make you crave sweets. Drink water! You should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water each day.
Do you exercise?
We, our bodies, were designed to move and be active. You don’t have to join a health club or gym to exercise the muscles in your body. And remember, your heart is a muscle. In place of a heading to the gym, go for a walk. This requires your motivation, you can walk anywhere at anytime. Set up a gym in your home. You can use common household items to create exercise equipment and design muscle building workouts around those items. An example, you can use a chair to perform dips -building your triceps and chest. If finances permit, build a small gym at your home with free weights and a stability ball.
It is important to make time to focus on your body and your health. The main reason we don’t exercise or eat healthy is lack of time. But you need to find that time, motivate yourself to exercise and find the discipline to eat healthy, you body and your health will thank you. So will your family and friends.