When it comes to our health and fitness, the stakes are high, especially if the steaks are high. (Get it?) After all, it’s literally a matter of life and death. Poor health leads to a shorter life and a lower quality of life, so it behooves us to do what we can to remain fit and healthy to lead a healthier and happier life. However, that’s easier said than done, as most things are, in a world that sees fit to kill us with kindness. Luxuries have created a world in which staying fit and healthy is a challenge, and so we have our work cut out for us. That being said, there are few small changes you can make today to start your journey of health and fitness on the right foot, and it doesn’t require anything you couldn’t get at your local Macy’s. Here are the basics you need to know.
First and foremost, let’s talk about your diet. The American diet is rich in the now ubiquitous processed foods. Processed foods, such as junk food and fast food, are convenient for their affordability and their ability to last longer on store shelves and in your home. However, this is due to additives like sugar, sodium, and more that severely detract from their nutritional value and make them more addictive. Therefore, you need to cut these out of your diet to the best of your ability and simply cook your own meals with fresh ingredients. You’ll be paying a bit more sometimes, less others, and you’ll spend more time in the kitchen, but I think we can all agree that it’s worth it. However, that’s not to say that you can never indulge in your favorites. It’s just that when our diets feature them heavily, as is the case for many, it creates a big problem.
Then, there’s the matter of exercise. Where exercise is concerned, the main issue is motivation. First, you’ll have to do some research and experimentation to find the right workout routine for you, one that improves upon your weaknesses. Once you’ve done this, however, you’re in for an uphill battle. After all, “no pain, no gain,” or, in other words, you must struggle in order to improve. This can be disheartening at first, but you’ll see in time that where you could only do 10 pushups, soon you can do 15, then 20, and so on until you’re cranking out 50 without breaking a sweat. That’s the name of the game. Repetition is the path to mastery, so keep at it. Your body will thank you.