Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Staying Healthy In An Unhealthy World

By: Adrian Adams

For the sake of yourself and everyone you love, it is a good idea to stay healthy. You can avoid financial debt caused by medical problems. You can avoid dying at an unnecessarily early age. Best of all, you can generally feel more energetic and mentally alert. But, it is often a great challenge to stay healthy. We live in a world that makes it easy to be unhealthy. There are certain habits that you should attempt to break. It may go against all popular notions, but you will be a better person if you are able to break these habits.

There are two parts of healthiness: physical activity, and diet. First, you should adjust your physical activity. In many countries, especially the USA, it is standard for people to drive everywhere they go. It is unfortunate that the modern lifestyle evolved in this way, because there are certainly better alternatives. When you spend half an hour driving somewhere, you do untold damages to not only your own health, but also the health of the environment. For under $1000, you can get an extremely nice bike with all of the supplies you need to make repairs for the next several years. After that, you're set. No gas, no insurance. Biking gets you where you're going fast, and gives you a nice workout.

Once you've added some physical activity to your day to day life, you need to adjust your diet to fit this activity. You should cut back on things like soda and fast food. Instead of having it every day, just have a little bit every weekend. Or, quit entirely. Add healthy things to your diet. You should always eat plenty of fruit, as it contains sugars, vitamins, minerals, and various other components that will give you health and energy. Make sure you eat plenty of complex carbohydrates, included in whole grain and oats. There is no such thing as a perfect diet, as it will be different with every single person, depending on their body and their exercise habits. But instead of settling for convenience, test your body to see exactly what you need to be healthy.

It can be a challenge to make lifestyle changes like these. It will take a lot of willpower. However, as long as you keep your ultimate goal in mind, you should be able to persevere. Just remember that your life is at stake.

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