Staying fit and remaining physically active both intertwine with good health. There are other key factors such as nutrition and lifestyle which also play undeniable roles in the constitution of good health. More so than in any developed nation, there are many people all over the US that suffer tremendously related to health and fitness. Factors such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise and poor lifestyle choices are all elements that play cataclysmic roles in poor health.
With a vast majority of us living on-the-go lifestyles, it is no wonder that only a minute few still find the time to remain physically active and even remotely immersed in health and fitness. Life in the western world can be very hectic. This has left many opting to eat fast foods out of convenience, “saving” them time and effort. Many do not even read the nutritional information on food packaging and this tends to lead to excess sugar, salt and unnatural chemicals being consumed in many diets.
What is more, technological advancements have made some tasks seem effortless. So for the vast majority of people, physical work or activity has now become somewhat of a rarity. What many people do not understand is that health conditions such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, bowel, colon and other cancers, and many more diseases can all be eradicated if not greatly reduced with sufficient exercise and good nutrition – essentially, investing in fitness and health.
If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, the following is a list of quick and easy tips you can begin to use.
First, examine your diet: Read food packaging to find out what you’re feeding your body, many health deficiencies are caused by unbalanced diets. The following is a rough guide.
Carbohydrates are the body’s own form of gasoline so to speak. Just as a vehicle needs fuel to embark on a journey, so does the human body need fuel to move. There are so many healthy food alternatives in which one can obtain energy (carbohydrates) from. Brown rice is a great source of carbohydrates and unlike white rice; brown rice contains vitamins and iron. Many whole grain foods are great sources of carbohydrates (and fiber – which helps you stay full and regulates digestion). A person who is active and exercising should consume about 60% carbohydrates.
Protein is essential for the growth of cells and also for tissue repair. It is indeed imperative that you include sufficient amounts of protein into your diet. Eggs, and oily fish like sardines are great sources of protein (oily fish also tend to be good sources of omega 3 fatty acids). One of the many health benefits of omega 3 is a reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Protein should make up about 20% of an active person’s diet.
Fats. What do these have to do with health and fitness? Fats are not the enemy. They are also a necessary part of a balanced diet. They act as a reserve of energy. Fats also protect body organs. One of the ways to obtain healthy fats can be through using extra virgin olive oil, using this oil to make meals or as a salad dressing has many health benefits. One health benefit is that olive oil can help reduce blood pressure. Just remember to stick with healthy fats that can be found in foods like avocados. Fats (unsaturated) should be about 20% of your diet too.
Secondly, remaining active is essential for good health: Taking gradual but progressive steps is imperative. If you’re inactive, try taking longer or brisk walks, or if you’re ahead of the curve and want to have the support of a professional try attending a local fitness facility. Remember to always consult your physician before taking on any strenuous activity. The final step now is just to start on your journey towards better health and fitness.