It has almost become a cliché, but in households around the country there are parents telling the young people in their family that when they were young, they were out playing in the street, not sitting at home on the X-Box. Sad, but true. Technological advancements have given us high levels of entertainment, without any physical exertion required and this could have a detrimental effect on future generation’s health. Couple that with the increase in the levels of sugar and additives in most food found in supermarkets, and there is no surprise that heart disease and other health related conditions are on the increase.
A very broad tip, but one that carries possibly the most weight. Eating healthy is fundamental to reducing the risk of contracting certain diseases, both at a young age and in later life. High sugar diets have resulted in a diabetes epidemic in today’s society. A low sugar diet should be consumed and this includes reducing simple carbohydrates as they are converted to sugars if not used as energy. Preservatives and additives should be avoided and a high amount of protein and vegetables should be consumed – boosting vitamin and vital mineral intake to help the immune system.
Exercise can lead to improvements in both mental and physical fitness. Exercise releases a hormone called dopamine which has a positive effect on mood. Furthermore, exercising on a regular basis will control fat levels in the body, give the heart a workout and will help keep muscles loose. Working out in some form, be it swimming, running, going to the gym or even just going for a brisk walk, is likely to lead to healthier eating as people want to maximise their chances of getting fit and once a habit is formed, it is difficult to break.
Drink Lots Of Water
Another simple but important tip. Most people are dehydrated on a daily basis and this affects energy levels, concentration and does not allow the body to perform its vital functions to an optimal level. Consuming 3-4 litres of water on a daily basis can have beneficial effect and can flush the toxins out of your body, making you feel revitalised.
Ultimately, only three pieces of advice are required for individuals to become fit and healthy. Eat well, exercise your body and clean it out by consuming lots of water. Diet is possibly the biggest issue in modern society, as obesity levels are sky rocketing. There needs to be further education in schools as to how to eat a healthy and balanced diet that reflects individual needs. Those carrying out high levels of activity and exercise will require carbohydrates which provide instant energy, but individuals who do not workout with such regularity, should limit their intake. Carbohydrates that are not utilised for energy will subsequently be stored as fat and too much fat can lead to heart problems, high blood pressure and a number of other undesirable conditions.