first posted by Al Bell on January 9, 2018
It’s almost the end of the year and if you are like many it is certainly a good time to reset and reevaluate life.
Many have decided to travel more, some have decided to engage in more social activities, and others have decided to better their health. Whatever the personal vibe, it is always good for one to reevaluate their strategies to their goals.
Companies do it year by year in order to better a product or service. Thank goodness! Could you imagine using the original cell phone that looked like a brick, today? I could not! One would actually have to make space the size of a lunch pail in order to secure the phone. Reevaluating the needs of the customer and incorporating technology played a key role in how the phone looks and is used today.
Bettering one’s health always ranks high when it comes to reevaluating yearly goals. The graph below highlights obesity rates as of 2018 in the United States and the concern.
Today, when it comes to nutrition, the typical American diet exceeds the recommended intake when it comes to calories from added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fat.
In relations to diabetes, research shows in 2013 that some states reported an increase among adults age 20 or older. Figure 4 below highlights the country-level distribution of diagnosed diabetes among the United States.
With stats like these, it is easy to see why many today have a concern for their health. There is also no shortage of companies that promote eating, exercise, and diet plans, too.
The point is that eating well and adopting a routine fitness plan can yield great physical and mental benefits. Following, I have compiled a list of benefits one can expect to receive after accepting an eating and fitness plan.
- Boost Energy-Have you ever met that person that seems to always be tired and unmotivated. After questioning, are they active or more of a couch potato? Chances are they are the later. Physical activity increases blood flow, raises heart rate levels and metabolism. This will easily combat any sluggishness.
- Builds Perseverance-This is a definite mental boost for someone who may struggle with giving up on things. Workout plans are generally personalized. One thing that is common amongst all levels is the attitude to persevere. No matter what age or level of fitness one must learn to persevere and overcome in order to reach their fitness goal.
- Lose Weight-This is generally accepted and widely known but just in case you did not get the memo here is a simple explanation. Imagine filling a car up with gas. It takes 10 gallons(37.8 liters). This is what it takes to run it. Let’s say you try to pump 15 gallons(56.8 liters). It will not take it because the tank is full. The excess will not be used. In the same sense, our bodies function at a base amount of calories. Consuming them will maintain the bodies functions. When more calories are consumed than what is normal, those calories unlike the gas that cannot be received in a car will be received by the body. Once received the body will more than likely store as excess fat. If nothing is done to alter this routine the excess calories will build and build and build. Yikes-weight gain! Knowing the foods and their calorie content help to defend against unwanted calories. Taking in fewer calories or burning them up(exercising) will help maintain. So important to become familiar with this aspect of nutrition.
- Reduces Heart Disease-Today, this is a familiar banner. It encompasses any disease of the blood vessels that affect the heart, veins, brain, valves, or extremities. According to the World Health Organization, this is the number one cause of death globally. Routine exercising and healthy eating help to minimize the risk.
- Calorie Control-Knowing the number of calories one consumes is extremely important. Too many can cause excess weight issues. Getting help in developing a plan to target foods that provide good calories and minimizing the excess will be a sure fire way to having control over weight concerns.
So, remember to educate yourself. There is plenty of information available today through your health professional, the internet, on YouTube, from friends, and at the library. Below is an attached health pamphlet with key guidelines for everyone.
Secondly, stay encouraged! We generally tend to set a goal and expect change overnight. Remember, an unhealthy situation did not happen overnight, it took time. So be patient!
Thirdly, connect with others who are experiencing a fitness change too. This can be an invaluable source of encouragement.
Credits: Pixabay, Google images
List of References and Resources.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Jan. 2-Dec. 29, 2013. Available at: http://www.gallup.com/poll/167645/vermont-no-frequent-exercise-produce-consumption.aspx
Disclaimer: An advocate for a healthy lifestyle. Always seek professional advice when making health decisions.