Gandhi and Emerson were right.
Being healthy and staying fit can save you a fortune on medical bills and expenses. The money spent on medicine and doctor’s appointments can easily be saved if only our bodies would stay perfect and disease free forever. But reality does bite, and bites your bum hard. Really hard! Ask anyone who’s gone through a serious illness and you’ll understand why. It drains you emotionally, physically, mentally and financially.
The answer? Keep yourself fit! It’s actually easier than you think if you follow the few simple steps to being fit and leading a healthy lifestyle. Let’s break it down.
An Apple a day…
The first step to staying fit and being healthy is your diet. You see, a vast majority of us are eating our way six feet under. Fast food and junk food rule the day for many unfortunate souls too busy to cook a healthy meal, let alone shop for healthy ingredients. But having a healthy diet has many proven benefits, and one of them is making you adept at dodging illness. This is why diet is so important to being healthy: it all starts in the gut!
Invest in healthy food choices like fish, turkey, chicken, fruits and veggies. Instead of a donut, eat an apple. Instead of pork ribs, eat turkey breast. Instead of soda, load up on fresh fruit juice or drink coffee. Think of this as an investment, where you get your return instantly. You’ll feel better, get sick less, look younger, have more energy and live a longer life. You’ll save on medical bills and trips to the doctor and as your body adjusts to clean eating, you may stumble upon the secret to living longer.
Strong Body, Toned Spirit
Schwarzenegger said that exercise conditions the body while training tones the spirit and gives us an outlet for suppressed energy brought about by stress. Makes sense, if you really think about it. When you exercise, you have to be in the moment, focused on every movement, training your body to achieve perfect form each and every time. When you just go through the motions when you workout, not really being in the moment, your progress will suffer and you won’t get anything from your workout but soreness and sweat.
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, our bodies natural pain reliever, mood enhancer and sedative. This feel good chemical can help with depression and uplifts your mood. This is where the term “runner’s high” comes from, because exercise just feels so damn good after you do it. You’ll feel like you can take on the world.
I’m not saying you go all out and try to emulate the Governator’s training routine, but you should at least have some form of activity that gets your heart rate up and about. 30 minutes a day will do wonders for your health. You can walk, jog, run or jump rope. You can visit the weight room 3 – 4 times a week, or use your own bodyweight. Everything you need is already provided for and most of it is free. Running in the park is free, and using your own bodyweight is also free.
The Bottom Line
Doing a 180 when it comes to health and fitness isn’t that hard. If you still need to wear body shapers, you may want to consider eating right and working out regularly to trim down your waistline and shed the extra weight. Your health is the best investment you can make, and you can never go wrong investing in yourself. So, what are you waiting for? Get off the couch and move your bottom!