Most of us practice a lifestyle that is not at all beneficial to our body. Because of the fast-paced modern world we live in, our bodies are often exposed to health risks that lead to degenerative diseases like cancer, heart attack, diabetes and other sickness that takes away our hard earned money for medicine and hospital bills.
Why do we risk our health when we can take good care of our bodies through proper exercise and nutrition?
This is a question that most of us just ignore and shrug off. But it is important that we know what benefits we can get from regular and appropriate exercise and nutrition to incorporate them in our daily routine.
Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. One cannot do exercise with insufficient nutritional intake. Likewise, one cannot maximize optimum nutrition without regular exercise.
Exercise, according to New Oxford American Dictionary, is any “activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.” Hence, one does not need to enroll in a gym class or put his/her self in a vigorous activity in order to exercise. In essence, walking alone can be a form of exercise. Instead of driving the family car just to buy groceries from the nearby department store, why not walk with someone and bring a wagon or a basket? Instead of just slouching on the couch playing video games, why not go bask in the sun and play football? Sometimes, because of the technology that we all enjoy now, we often forget to exercise and do some sweating.
Nutrition, on the other hand, is the intake of all the vitamins and minerals that our body needs. In a perfect world without food processing that destroys the inherent nutrients contained in the food, go, grow and glow foods are supposedly complete with all the nutrients our body needs. However, because of heat, food processing, contaminants and other chemicals, the foods that are available in the market do not meet the required daily amounts of nutrients. There comes the need of nutritional supplements to fill in the gaps that our purchased food products brought out. There are many available supplements in the market, but one must be cautious in terms of potency, safety and reliability.
On the whole, exercise and nutrition can easily be attained and incorporated in our lifestyles. There are many resources online and offline to help you with it. One must remember that it does not take overnight to have a healthy body. It is not like a magic. Like other things, it needs to undergo a process, one step at a time. It requires patience and perseverance, and sometimes, resourcefulness. There can be many forms and kinds of exercise and nutrition that can benefit your body well. Just remember that doing something means adding more to your life. A 3-kilometer walk can add a day to your life; eight glasses of water each day can add another day or two or more weeks and months perhaps. In the end, it’s our own lives we want to sustain.