Be wealthy by being healthy
There’s an old cliché – your health is your wealth. As I get older I tend to believe it! Many of us complain about not having this that and the other. However what if you had lots of money and could not enjoy it due to health reasons?
Health is something that many of us neglect until something happens. We fill out bodies with fast food, alcohol or drugs of any sort and don’t think hey this thing has got to last us. If you have a car you know that you have to keep it good working order. You have to service it, change the oil, check they tyres and more if you want to keep it working.
Do you do that with your body? Do you check your blood pressure? Make sure you only put good fuel into your body? It’s one thing if your car breaks down as you can buy another one, however if your body breaks down it’s a bit more difficult.
To be healthy you need to do two things, eat well and exercise. Let’s look at both of these elements.
The food we eat
Food is the fuel that we give our body. If we give the right fuel to our body we will power our body and keep it running well. Good foods include rice, vegetables and meat. Try to stay away from anything that is processed. Eat fresh or frozen veg. Eat meat such as chicken and turkey and the occasional red meats.
This is not to say you have to change and become a vegetarian, far from it. You just need to make better choices. Of course there will be times when you have to grab a fast food, or you are too tired to cook so you pick something up in the supermarket which is processed. That’s ok just don’t make a habit of it.
Ensure that the amount of good food you eat out ways the amount of bad food!
Most people grown when they hear the word exercise. However it’s important. What most people do realise is that to lose weight (if you are overweight) you have to eat less and exercise more. Now when I say exercise you don’t need to go and join a gym. I mean start to move more. One thing I have found very useful is a stepper. It counts how many steps you are taking each day. I find this really really useful as I set myself mini challenges each day.
Research has shown that the minimum amount of steps you should take each day is 10,000. You’d be amazed at how difficult this can be when you have an office job! However becoming aware of it makes you want to move more.
I find that in order to exercise more I do the following
- Walk down to the next metro station, rather than the closest one
- Go for a walk at lunch time
- Walk home from work
- Walk in the evenings or in the mornings
I find walking allows me to listen to audio’s or music and to basically disconnect from the stresses of the world for a while. I open up my eyes and take in the world around me, the buildings, the people and the shops. Things that we often miss or have taken for granted. Walking is amazing as you discover new routes, new places and everyday it’s different.
I love to watch people as I walk. This to me brings a wealth of new experiences to my mind. That older couple holding hands, the kids playing at their summer camp – all of this shows me that the world is a good place after all. No matter what else is happening around me, there’s still good things going on in the world.
When you body is healthy your mind will be too. You will find you can think better, make better decisions and will be in better mood!
Today I want you to look at your eating habits and exercise habits and sew what changes you can make. Discover what you need to change and make those changes. It’s ok to make those changes slowly, but do make those changes. Start to eat better and start to walk and move more. You’ll be amazed at the changes that happen.