When it comes to health and fitness, it’s literally a matter of life and death. Not to sound alarmist, or anything, but poor health leads to both a shorter life and a lower quality of life. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves and, depending on who you ask, your loved ones to take our health and fitness into our own hands in order to lead the healthiest and happiest life possible. However, this is easier said than the done, and, again, I’m not trying to sound alarmist, but the world is, in fact, out to get you. What I mean by that is that the luxuries of the modern world are killing us with kindness, so to speak. For example, the “best” most cushy jobs involve sitting for upwards of eight hours a day, and most of our recreation is similarly passive in nature. Likewise, processed foods provide a cost effective and convenient alternative to home cooking, but we all know they’re terrible for us. Both of these problems, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, are insidious problems that are, therefore, hard to avoid. However, we have to do what we can to move away from these troubling trends. Here are a few pointers to guide you along.
First and foremost, let’s talk about fitness. For starters, there’s exercise. Without manual labor or the rigors of wilderness survival or an athletic hobby, exercise is the cornerstone of a healthy modern lifestyle. You’ll first want to find the perfect workout routine for you and your specific needs, and then you need to stick with it. You’ll experience frustration, but you have to remember that the struggle is the entire point. No pain, no gain, as they say. However, listen to your body. When you feel like you need to stop, stop. Don’t push yourself too hard and risk injury. With all of this mind, jump into some Athleta gear and get to work! Another important thing to consider is avoiding sitting too much. Try walking or jogging for recreation for a start. You can also incorporate a standing desk into your workplace routine to undo even more of the damage of sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Next up is dealing wit your diet. As mentioned above, processed foods are both ubiquitous and bad for us. The convenience they offer is accomplished via fillers and preservatives, such as sugar and sodium, which make them both addictive and nutritionally bankrupt. Therefore, you should, as soon as possible, replace them with home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients. You’ll ee benefits both immediately and in the long term. This is essential for weight loss, but there are a number of other medical problems a processed food heavy diet can cause. Don’t forget about the power of vitamin and nutrient supplements to fill in the gaps of your diet, but don’t simply rely on them blindly. If you’re getting them in your diet, no need to spend extra money on supplements your body will simply waste.