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Prienderen Moodley By Prienderen Moodley, 19th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Ever felt, lethargic, tired or just plain unenergetic? This could be due to your lifesyle, lack of excercise or poor eating habits. This article gives you a few tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tae care of your body, it will take care of you

Sounds like a cliché, but it is true - a fit body is a fit mind. In today's hectic life schedule who has the time for elaborate fitness routines and workouts? If you do then you are one of the fortunate ones. Let's assume you don't have the time for a lengthy workout or you don't have the transport or the stomach for it (excuse the pun). No matter what our age is, the body needs to be kept in shape, and it is even more important as people grow older because their body's metabolism tends to drop significantly.

Exercise has many benefits, both physically and mentally. It expands the lungs because the lungs need to be bigger in order to take in more air so that we don't tire out and our brain needs the extra oxygen in order to function properly. Secondly it increases the rate of blood flow, causes the heart to beat faster, thereby pumping fresh blood at a quicker pace, which in turn makes blood flow to the brain more efficient. The net effect of this is that the brain is able to function more efficiently, our thoughts are clearer, reactions much better, and we are able to handle stress much more capably.
Furthermore it increases our metabolism, and the body is able to burn fat quicker. It improves our digestive system immeasurably.

Not to mention this also decreases our chances of contracting a number of diseases such as lung cancer, bone cancer or arthritis, any type of heart ailment. Our moods improve quite a lot compared to if we didn't get any exercise. So what kind of exercise works for you? There is no definite answer here as it depends on a number of factors, but most importantly it depends on each of our preferences. Not all of us are especially keen on going to gym, but some of us love gym. My personal experiences have shown me that it is not necessary to attend gym to keep fit. Gym may be a really good solution to losing weight but not necessarily for keeping fit. I say this because it is fair to say that it doesn't mean someone is fit just because they are slim.

Yes, you can be slim but still unfit. This is because you can be slim but not do any exercise at all every day. The body needs to be trained to stay at its optimum performance level. So a one hour walk down and back up the road serves the same purpose as twenty minutes in the gym when it comes to keeping fit. As a matter of fact it places a lot less strain on the bones, joints and muscles as I have personally discovered.

So, enough said about daily exercise. What else can we do to get fit and stay fit? Our sleep patterns play an important role in how fit our body is. Too much sleep makes us lethargic in the mornings and our brain becomes lazy, but too little sleep and we wake up exhausted and end up sleeping at work and at important meetings. Between six to eight hours of sleep should be sufficient for any adult. Try to keep to the same times for turning in as well as waking up as it encourages your body to get into a healthy routine.

Our eating habits are also crucial to how the body and the mind performs.
Many of us have hectic work times so we don’t have the time or we are too exhausted to prepare healthy home cooked meals so we take the easy way out and order some take-ways. While these meals are delicious, no one can accuse it of have wholesome goodness that provides the body and the mind with the necessary nutrients and vitamins to function at it's best. Fast foods contain ingredients (notably meat) that may be fried in stagnated or at the very least not so fresh oil that slow our metabolism and our rate of thinking down. It is a real danger to our heart, and a nightmare for our liver and kidneys to process. The more of this stuff we eat the more fat may build around our heart, thereby clogging its arteries, which may lead to heart disease, heart attacks or even worse heart failure. It helps us gain a lot of weight which makes it more difficult to breathe and our fitness deteriorates to a point that we are miserable and our self image reduces to the size of a pea, which may cause us to overeat and the whole vicious cycle starts over again.

So what is the solution to having insufficient time or state of mind to prepare home cooked meals as soon as we get back from work. There are a number of solutions from hiring a cook, getting a retired family member to reside with you or waking early in the morning to prepare in the meal, the refrigerate it so that when you arrive from work it's just a matter of heating it and you have a meal waiting to be enjoyed. Hiring a cook may well be out of some of our budgets, family members may have their own lives to see to so those solutions are not always possible, but the third is entirely possible and may be of great benefit to you for a number of reasons. Firstly you have to get yup to make your lunch anyway so you might as well get up that much earlier to prepare a healthy home cooked meal for supper. Secondly it is a sense of pride and achievement that you have of being independent and doing things for you. Thirdly and just as importantly you can prepare the meal according to your unique needs and wants. For those of you who can't cook I suggest that you learn as fast as possible because you have two choices - you can learn to cook and eat healthily or you can be as you are and watch your health go down the tubes.

Try not to eat too much of red meat as it is very high in cholesterol and fat will build around your heart and furthermore it is heavy which means that it will take longer to digest. It could take 5 to 8 hours to digest depending on how much you ingest. Keep away from too much dairy products especially milk as they cause excess mucus to develop in your chest. Eggs can be healthy but don't overdo it as the yoke contains sufficient cholesterol to cause your health to go into freefall should you ingest too much too frequently. About two eggs a week on average should be sufficient to keep your protein levels at a respectable level. Lastly watch the amount of spice that you put in your curries (if you eat curries that is) because if you eat it too hot, you will be placing too much strain on your stomach and in particular your kidneys, which may lead to ulcers or bladder infection or maybe even kidney failure in some extreme cases.

Hope the tips above were useful. Take care until next time. Cheers

Here are some of my other pages that you might be interested in:-

What it takes to be a good teacher
Taking true love to heart
Fire in the belly
The double-edged sword

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