The Bright Side Of Exercise – By Jason Lewis
If feeling great and acing your yearly wellness check isn’t enough, eating right and staying physically active can help you lose weight, stave off unhealthy addictions, and even keep your brain healthy as you age. And though it’s a great start, it isn’t enough to simply avoid sugar and take a walk a few times a week. Here, we’ll explain why diet and exercise is so important in the hopes that these nibbles of knowledge help keep you motivated.
Lower your risk of heart disease. When you exercise, you strengthen muscles you can’t see such as your heart and lungs. You also improve circulation. According to the US National Library of Medicine, this can help diminish your risk of diseases of the heart including coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, and heart attack.
Keep your blood sugar in check. Even if you’re not prone to sneaking in a sweet treat, working out, whether via strength or cardiovascular training, encourages your body to regulate its insulin levels naturally. This will give you added protection against metabolic syndromes and, if you already have diabetes, can help you manage the condition.
Give your brain what it needs to age in a health manor. Physical activity releases chemicals that work in your brain like oil in a car. These chemicals keep your brain’s “moving parts” humming along so you can go the extra mile. Plus, exercise creates social opportunities, promotes restful sleep, and may even engage a stalled sex life.
Eating well can…
Power you through each day. The world’s most successful people tend to fill their plates with greens and lean proteins. When you eat healthy foods, you give yourself the energy and stamina to get through each day with fewer internal distractions. You’ll boost your efficiency at home and work; by contrast, munching nothing but junk will slash your productivity by more than half.
Rebuild your body after accident, injury, or addiction. “Good nutrition is the building block of life.” This statement by DrugRehab.org is profound because it’s true. When you abuse your body, it crumbles from within and the only way to build yourself back up is by laying a solid foundation. A diet that includes healthy fats, lean meats, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables will heal you from the inside.
Keep your teeth and bones strong. Calcium, which is found in milk, sardines, and leafy greens, is a nutrient vital to a healthy diet. It also serves your bones and teeth by keeping them strong, staving off osteoporosis, and providing some level of protection against breakage. NHS Health Scotland reports that calcium needs Vitamin D to absorb properly so make sure to supplement your diet with foods that provide this nutrient or, simply go outside and enjoy the sunshine, which stimulates your body’s production of Vitamin D.
It may feel like it’s impossible to eat well and exercise in today’s always-on and always-hectic way of life. But you can sneak ways to stay healthy and hearty into your day with these tips:
- Wake up 30 minutes early and workout while you watch the news.
- Park your vehicle as far away from the entrance (to work, school, etc.) as possible.
- Clean your house every day, which can burn up to 204 calories an hour.
- Spend time outside to encourage movement, boost your mood, and up your concentration.
- Shop the perimeter of the store where the “good” foods are found.
- Avoid mindless snacking when watching television or browsing the internet.
- Learn how to cook; you’ll be more likely to eat the right kinds of foods if you make it yourself.
It takes work and a daily dedication to yourself, but eating right and staying active offers benefits that will stick with you long afterward. You’ll look good, feel great, and have the mind and body to remain independent well into your Golden Years. And, thankfully, you don’t have to change everything all at once; a home-cooked meal and an after dinner walk with the family is a great start.
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