Living the Heathy Lifestyle
Here’s a ‘Jackism.’ The late Jack LaLanne said, “Physical fitness is the king, and nutrition is the queen. Together they make a kingdom.” The point is you really need both to be healthy and stay fit. Problem is, we tend to neglect both! We have all the reasons; work, family, friends, other commitments. And “time” has become our number one excuse. I don’t have time to: buy groceries, prepare a meal, workout, go to bed on time, get 8 hours of sleep... You fill in the blank with your favorite or latest excuse.
Your reality is that all of these are just excuses for you NOT to live the healthy lifestyle. That’s right, you have to make a commitment to “live the healthy lifestyle.” For most of us, this will require changes in the way we live our lives, but trust me, it is change for the better. For myself, this has required finding a way to make health and fitness a part of my life. Like many people, I have a busy life. As a small business owner, it seems my work is never done. Left unchecked, I can easily spend 70+ hours a week working at my computer. So, I had to find a way to make a change to my lifestyle. It has led me to start training friends in my gym. Why? So I can have no excuses. When they show up for their workout, its time for us to workout together.
If I were to make a list of what it takes to get fit and stay fit, #1 on my list has got to be a workout partner. When you make a commitment to your workout partner that you are going to show up and workout together, it is a much more than just telling yourself, “I want to workout and get in shape.” Now there is someone expecting you to show up! And, if you don’t want to let yourself and your partner down, you better show up. But in the end, working out is truly a commitment to yourself and your health. The effort you put in will result in a better, fitter, and healthier life.
The top nutrition tip I can give you is to read the labels. Or even better, avoid processed foods. Simply eating foods with only ONE word in the ingredients will improve your health. We will cover a lot of information of nutrition. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there. We’ll try to sort through all the garbage and give you solid information. I would also be remiss if I didn’t recommend that you stop drinking sodas, especially diet sodas! But that’s the subject for another article.
I think that deep down most people know what they need to do to live a healthy lifestyle, yet for many reasons, or excuses, we don’t. We all know that if we watch what we eat, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep we will have a healthier life. But, how many of us are truly living the healthy lifestyle? According to the CDC, only Colorado and Washington D.C. have an obesity rate of less than 20%. On their website you can view an animated chart of the growth in obesity from 1985 through 2009. As of 2009, nine states have over 30% obesity with Mississippi having the dubious distinction of being the most obese state at 34.4%. In addition to these nine states, five more are over 29%.
Perhaps you’re familiar with this ritual. Each New Year people make resolutions, many of these resolutions relate to getting in shape, losing weight, or changing their lifestyle in a “healthy” way. In January, thousands join or rejoin a gym convinced that this time will be the year they will get in shape. And each year, the population of the U.S. gets increasingly obese.
We are constantly bombarded by messages and advertisements promising instant results and gratification for whatever our desire may be. We have been conditioned to look for a quick fix, to believe that there is a simple and painless solution to everything. But, living the healthy lifestyle is not a quick fix. It is a long-term commitment to a better lifestyle.
Here is one of the things about life I’ve always believed. There are a lot of people with the “like to,” and few with the “want to.” This is particularly true when it comes to health and fitness. There are a lot of people who would like to be in shape, but, very few are. One of the main reasons is they lack to true desire, the “want to” needed to get in shape.
On this website, StayHealthyNFit.com, I will be sharing with you the knowledge gained from research, experience, and working with individuals and doctors. As the internet evolved, it became the number one place to do research. Now it is quickly becoming the number one place to shop. The only problem is there is so much information that it is hard to know who to trust. I will endeavor to help you clear through all the clutter and allow you to make the educated decisions. This site will be dealing with nutrition, exercise, and other areas pertaining to your health and fitness. Hopefully, this website will also be a source of motivation and inspiration to help you along the way to “living the healthy lifestyle.”