Published On: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013

The Importance of Eating Healthy & Exercising

healthEating healthy and exercising should be a part of every person’s day to day routine. Having a healthy eating diet and exercising daily is the main importance and ensures you of living a healthy and long life. Adapting to both can things can make a dramatic difference in how you look and feel. It can also prevent many things such as being obese, which is the most common thing that happens when you eat unhealthy every day and not getting exercising. The rate obesity is getting higher and higher every day. Even if you are a small person in general, you may not think you need to eat healthy and exercise, but it is the best way to keep your body fit and healthy at the same time.

It is also very important to maintain a healthy diet. Even with proper exercise, an unhealthy diet can cause all the hard work and effort you are putting into your routine to go to waste. Eat and try different types of fruits, vegetables, meats, and a lot of protein. Try and eat a variety of food, but stay away from the sweets as best as you can. You must maintain a healthy balance of food and drink. You should at least drink 8 glasses of water each day. Make sure to eat at least 3 meals a day. If you do not do this, you may find yourself snacking on junk food in-between meals, which neglects the point of the diet in the first place. By eating more you will be eating less junk food throughout the day. You have to play against your mind and take every advantage you can to stay away from fattening foods, even though it can be a hard task to overcome. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day with lunch being the least important. If you must miss a meal then try and work your schedule, so that the meal you miss will be lunch. At night time, do not eat within 3-4 hours of doing to sleep. This allows your body time to digest the food that you have already eaten. If you eat before you go to bed, your body will not be able to fully digest the food resulting in additional fat gain. Also, you will not get a good night’s sleep because your body will be working in attempt to digest the food that you ate before bed. Not every diet works for every person, so you must find what is right for you.

It is very important to get your exercise in for the day. Exercise is important because it can keep your body shape and will improve your health for the better. Many studies have shown that regular activities and exercise can improve someone’s overall health substantially. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and high blood pressure. Exercise can also help you to maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Sports competitors must do physical activity on a regular basis to maintain their level of performance because it is necessary to train the body to be able to withstand physical activity. Along with physical activity comes weight loss. Weight loss can improve the mental well-being and boost the confidence of any particular person. Also, studies have shown that people who exercise on a regular basis tend to live longer than those who don’t. With all of these benefits in mind, I am not sure why anyone wouldn’t want to be physically fit and active. Try exercising a minimum of 3-4 days a week, even if it is for at least 30 minutes a day. Some exercises you could do are walking, running, jogging, biking, swimming and there are plenty of other activities to try as well. My advice would be to pick something you enjoy doing and wouldn’t mind doing on a regular basis and sticking to a schedule. You can even pick a few different activities to mix things up and keep it interesting. In weight training most people will work different muscle groups on different days in order to best work their body without over-doing it. This also saves time during the day because instead of working out for 3-5 hours in one day you can work out for an hour a day 3-5 days a week. It spreads out the exercise, so you don’t get sick of it and dread going. Also, your body will respond better because you will not be putting too much stress on yourself. Also, always remember to stretch before any kind of physical activity. This is very important, so that you don’t pull or strain any muscles.

healthOne thing that people always forget is to not just eat healthy, but also to drink healthy, too. Many people consider milk and juice great sources of vitamins, nutrients, and protein. They are right, but you can’t only drink juice and milk and expect to stay healthy. You need a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day to stay in top shape. Water increases the speed of your metabolism, helps digestion, keeps you hydrated for activity, and will keep you from overheating. Stay away from soda if at all possible. Soda is filled with simple carbohydrates such as sugar which is very bad for you and it also contains loads of calories and fat. Caffeine is also an addictive drug found in soda which will cause you to continue drinking it even when you may be satisfied. Caffeine will also stimulate the brain and keep you awake at night causing you to lose sleep. Soda is one of the worst types of drinks you can have when trying to diet and stay healthy. I believe that the worst type of drink, however, is alcoholic drinks. They contain complex carbohydrates and loads of calories which will cause you to put on weight. Alcohol also impairs the body’s ability to function at its prime level. If I could give someone advice it would be to stick with 8 glasses of water, a few glasses of milk, and maybe 1 glass of juice a day. Although, I know there are some people that do not like water, so if you are one of those people and currently just drinking different juices and milk, I would stick to that than drinking caffeine drinks. There are many other sources of foods that can give you the vitamins found in juice, but without the sugar and fat. Look up healthy drinks and foods that appeal to you so that you can setup an appropriate diet that works for you.

There are so many people that struggle and fail to do all three things that have been mentioned above but it is possible to do so. You just have to learn how to adapt to a new daily routine of eating healthier meals, drinking more water, and exercising more than you are use to. People have to eat healthy foods and exercise more to stay fit and healthy, and also to make sure you live a long healthy and happy life.

Denisha Sahadevan

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The Importance of Eating Healthy & Exercising