We grew up learning about nutritious foods and exercise are so important. We memorized the food pyramid and then learned the ChooseMyPlate guidelines. We huffed and puffed our way through the Presidential Fitness Test and gloated or sulked depending on our scores.
If we learned about exercise and nutrition growing up, why do we have an obesity epidemic facing our nation? Why are we becoming unhealthy at a younger and younger age?
Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. To optimize your health you need to make healthy choices in the kitchen and take time to exercise every day. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you are forced to go gluten-free or vegan and daily exercise does not bind you to a CrossFit intensity workout or mean you need to run until your lungs burst. Healthy eating simply means eat more fruits and veggies, little or no fast food and drink more water. Daily exercise means you need to MOVE every day for 30 minutes!
Take time for nutrition—healthy eating is easier than you think.
As I said earlier, healthy eating can be simple. Nutritional guidelines are as straightforward as ever—half your plate needs to be fruits & veggies the other half should be made up of lean protein and whole grains. Drink more water and cut out soda and other sugary drinks! Love fast food? Cut your habit down to twice a week, then once a week, then once every two weeks…until you’re eating fast food significantly less.
Healthy foods are fuel for your body!
View food as fuel for your body, much like your car needs fuel to run. You wouldn’t put unleaded gas in a Lamborghini would you? Likewise, you can’t put junk food into your body and expect yourself to feel great! Follow the ChooseMyPlate guidelines and monitor the changes in your body—do you feel better? Are you sleeping better? Have more energy? Happier with yourself? You should notice positive changes taking place after making healthy choices in the kitchen!
Move More. End of story.
Take time to MOVE each day. Walk, hike, run, bike, swim, jump rope, lift weight, play tennis, shoot basketball...you name it. Daily exercise doesn’t have to be a fitness class (although it can), it just means move each and every day. Your heart will become more conditioned, your bones and muscles will be stronger and you’ll have more energy for daily activities. Regular exercise improves attitude and lowers risk of disease, while increasing years of quality life.
You do have time.
Stop making excuses. You do have time to make healthy choices. You do have time to pack your lunch. You do have time to microwave a bag of frozen veggies and bake a piece of chicken for a healthy dinner.
You do have time to exercise. You do have thirty minutes somewhere in your day to take care of your body and get your heart pumping—even if it means getting up at 5:00am or squeezing in a sweat session at 10:00pm.
Make time for nutrition and exercise and your body will thank you.