When it comes to health and fitness, it can be quite the uphill battle. However, given the importance of health and fitness, I think we can all agree that it’s a battle worth fighting. After all, it’s a literal matter of life and death. Poor health leads to a shorter life and lower quality of life, so it’s in our best interests to take care of ourselves, and to start working toward our happier healthier lives sooner, rather than later. We’re not asking you to turn your body into the flesh and blood equivalent of Biltmore or anything, but you should definitely not be living in the slums, so to speak. You wouldn’t want the roof to cave in or find an infestation of rodents, after all. Here are some basic tips to help your get your body into shape to lead a happier and healthier life.
First and foremost, you need to reassess your diet. The average American consumes entirely too many processed foods. For good reason, mind you, as they tend to be more affordable and much easier than their whole and fresh counterparts. However, these conveniences come at a price; the additives that make them convenient also detract heavily from their nutritional value. Therefore, it’s best to cut them out of your diet in favor of home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients. This will take more time, and often a bit more money, as well, but it’s well worth it when you start to see results immediately, and continue to see them long term. Your body will thank you for making this change.
Of course, there’s also the matter of exercise. Another common problem in modern life is a lack of exercise. Think about it. The best jobs are desk jobs, where we sit all day. Our most prevalent forms of entertainment take place while we are motionless on the couch. We don’t do enough, and we don’t stand enough. Therefore, we have to take it upon ourselves to fill in the gaps. This is, of course, easier said than done, but it’s not as hard as you might think. For starters, you’re going to need to find yourself a workout routine. This can be accomplished with Bowflex gear at the gym or via a simple workout video on YouTube; the choice is yours. As long as your workout addresses your unique needs and weaknesses. Then, of course, there’s the age old problem of motivation. It’s easy to succumb to frustrations and give up, but you have to remember that struggle is the entire point. If you breeze through everything, you can’t improve.