Thursday, December 30, 2010

Everyday lifestyle

Too often, we see advertisement about that quick new diet, new regime that claim that it'll change the way we live our lives to make us prettier, happier, and more satisfied.

Yet when you really think about it, will we really be prettier, happier, and satisfied?

Sometimes it will, sometimes it won't, but how long does it really last? How long can one maintain one's weight at this stage. What you'll find that it only provides short term benefits and doesn't or isn't something that necessary lasts a long time as you will find it will be challenging to maintain the appropriate discipline or that there may be side effects.

However, rather than focusing your effects on taking shortcuts to achieve short terms gains such as this, I believe we should focus on changing aspects of our lives for the long term in ways that we will always enjoy and love. Because when you think about it, there are simple and easy things that you can incorporate in your life that will yield benefits without you trying too hard, so that it becomes part of your everyday lifestyle.

Here are some examples of things/ activities that you can incorporate into your lifestyle to keep you healthy:

Exercise

  • Stairs - Take the stairs where possible especially when only go up a couple of levels. An easier task when going down rather than up. 
  • Getting off the bus stop one stop early - Consider getting off the bus that one stop earlier. If you think about it, it's generally a block or two more that you might need to walk, but you'll be able to explore a new part of an area you probably won't have seen before.

Nutrition

  • Eat nutritional over not as nutritional food - Use your commonsense and understanding of what would have more vitamins and minerals. For instance, a over a hamburger would generally have more vitamins and minerals than a hot dog due to what's normally in a hamburger (i.e. lean/ minced meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese) vs a hot dog (i.e. sausage, bread, cheese). Of course, having neither at times may be the better decision but if you had to choose between the two than I'd say take the one that comprises of those vitamins and minerals that will keep you healthy. See nutritional value for more details.

Measures such as these may seem small, but incorporating them into your everyday lifestyle is often what allow you to find the time to fit exercise in and actually feel like you're not just exercising or eating healthy for the sake of it. It's more than that and allows you to achieve something else in your life at the same time...

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