Most of us want to live the healthy lifestyle. We buy books, eat healthy foods and join a gym all in an attempt to feel and look good. Books are expensive, healthy food is expensive (this blows my mind) and joining a gym… expensive. In these trying economic times, we are barely able to put gas in the tank to get us back and forth to work each week, let alone back and forth to the gym.
Let’s go over a few ways we can maintain a healthy lifestyle while continuing to live within our means.
RUN, JOG OR WALK…OUTSIDE
Sure you can spend money on the gym membership, or buy an expensive piece of machinery to take up space in your home that will double as a clothes rack. But will a giant clothes rack that help you live the ultimate cardio lifestyle? And just what are you getting out of that gym membership anyway?
Run, jog or walk outside. Getting your twenty minutes of cardio vascular exercise outside is smarter than getting it on the machine of your choice. When you run outside, your feet hit inconsistencies in the pavement, asphalt and dirt. This activates those little muscles that you probably didn’t even know you had.
If you aren’t sure where to get your cardio in around town, check out www.mapmywalk.com. It is free to join and you can find maps and log your progress. If you want features like fitness reports and training plans, you can upgrade to one of the pay memberships.
One of the best things you can put into your body is water. Straight up H2O in a bottle or on the rocks has many benefits for your health. Often, we think we are hungry when in reality we are actually dehydrated.
Drinking water aids in the process of fat loss. The kidneys cannot effectively work without water. If the kidneys are not getting their quota of water, they dump their work on the liver. One of the livers purposes is to metabolize stored fat. This fat becomes energy if metabolized properly.
The liver cannot do two things at the same time (like most of us) and when it has to help out the kidneys, it cannot metabolize stored fat.
So in a sense, you can work out until the cat comes home, but if you aren’t drinking enough water, you’re making it harder for yourself than it should. Shoot for 8 – 10 eight ounce glasses a day.
STOP POLLUTING YOUR BODY WITH GARBAGE
I love brownies. I was never a big chocolate fan, but sometime after I hit the precious age of thirty-five, it all of my years of not eating chocolate caught up with me. If you are a junk food lover or a fast food eater, be careful of how much of the greasy, fat-laden stuff you eat.
Watch out for using junk food as a reward system. Using food as a reward system backfires. You are training yourself to reward good behavior with unhealthy foods. Before you know it, you’ll be rewarding yourself for every “good deed” with junk.
Look here for treats that are yummy and good for you. Healthy Snacks
CHECK YOUR OIL LEVEL EVERY YEAR
If we didn’t maintain our vehicles they would break down and eventually be hauled off to the scrap metal kingdom. The same goes for our bodies. Without routine check-ups, we miss certain signs that our body needs attention.
My co-worker was sick for three months and didn’t go to the doctor. She wound up being rushed to the ER, where she found out she had stage four colon cancer. She is doing better these days, thankfully.
Be sure to get to your annual check-up. For other check-ups, visit www.healthsolutions.org/mckesson to see when to look at what. And for health’s sake, if you are sick, go see a doctor.
When you go see your doctor, be honest about your family history. Things such as heart attack, stroke, mental health and alcoholism are important parts of your family history that your doctor should know.
Eating healthy and exercise are the best ways to keep your body healthy and in shape. Check ups and regular exams are important to your well-being and body to address any changes as soon as possible.
Be sure to talk to your physician before starting a diet and exercise regimen.
What are some ways you maintain a healthy lifestyle?