In today’s society, more people are becoming health conscious. Being healthy has become an obsession, therefore staying fit and eating right have become a lifestyle choice for some – from doing a food calorie check, to having a vegetarian diet, and taking vitamin supplements.
Health centres like massage centres, fitness gyms, and health spas have also manifested this trend with new exercise programmes and group workouts.
Being physically fit is basically to look good, while being healthy is about having a well-functioning mind and body.
Everyone wants to look good, as it can be beneficial in many ways. But don’t compromise your health just for the sake of looking good.
First off, you have to know the distinction between health and good looks.
For example, you can slim down by reducing your food intake, starving, or purging yourself, but how do you feel afterward? Do you feel energetic and mentally alert? Or do you feel sluggish and unable to focus and concentrate?
Do you have any physical strength left in you? Do you feel good and are you able to enjoy a good quality life after that?
The basis of being healthy and staying physically fit is about keeping the body fueled, well tuned, and conditioned to live longer and enjoy life.
If you are looking for effective ways to add years to your lifespan and be physically fit, the two important secrets are to eat right and exercise regularly.
Health conscious people have come to terms by saying ‘you are what you eat’. The health of our bodies, inside and out, is closely related to what we put into our mouths daily.
Eating right means eating at the right time with the right choice of food. Eat meals with fresh ingredients as it contains more minerals and vitamins the body systems will function more efficiently when given proper nutrients.
The types of healthy food which healthcare professionals, fitness experts and body builders have been suggesting for years, on the whole is very good for our body as it contains nutrients; fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are also relatively low in calories and saturated fat.
For example, include fish in your diet, particularly salmon, which is rich in protein, and omega-3 fatty acids which are polyunsaturated and good for the heart, the joints, the brain, the immune systems and the skin.
Other food like fruits and vegetables, green tea, and dark chocolate also contain lots of antioxidants to prolong aging and rid your body of free radicals.
Exercise is the second key staying healthy and fit. It is not just about keeping weight off, but making your body more flexible, thus preventing many types of injuries, builds better bones, and strengthens your immune system.
Exercise not only invigorates your body but keeps the mind healthy, as when we exercise, our body release endorphins which improves our mood and concentration.
The benefits of exercise are endless. Our heart gets healthier from exercise, as when we exercise, it pump blood through your veins, strengthening the immune system and lowering the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and osteoporosis.
The benefits of exercise are numerous, from reducing the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stress, depression, increasing endurance, metabolism, weight control to increasing blood flow to tissues. One should always exercise to be physically fit and healthy.
To conclude, the key to true health and fitness is to love yourself in every aspect from mind, body and soul. Only then will you know how it is to feel happy and to live your life to the fullest. Take care of your body, and it will take care of you.