"Our bodies show our lifestyles"
"Your body is a reflection of your lifestyle"
"You are what you eat"
There is a great correlation to the shape of our bodies and the shape of our lifestyles. Society has began to embrace larger statures and sedentary lifestyles like no time before. It is easier to be lazy and eat unhealthy and have no direct penalties or consequences for years of neglect. Medications and easy access to larger clothes help to reinforce our poor decisions year-after-year.
Before we go any further, let's examine the front line that helps to protect our society, Police and Fire. There is a reasonable expectation that those on the units protecting the citizens of the local jurisdictions are able to keep a state of physical preparedness no matter the incident that awaits them. What if I told you that roughly 25% of any agency at any time is unable to perform their job(s) as efficiently as expected? Should this worry you? Why? After all, its the lifestyle that America has embraced.
Being overweight and out of shape has nothing to do with the joy and exuberance of one's personality. It does however have everything to do with the likelihood of that person developing early-onset comorbidities. This strains not only the person's body experiencing the comorbidities, but the families and the health system. Unhealthy lifestyles impact many more people than just the person participating in the unhealthy choices.
We should begin to embrace the thinking that long-term solutions require short-term goals. This means changing the way we do life. Subtle changes bring around the best results for long term adherence. Embracing a healthier lifestyle doesn't mean a total 180˚ overnight but rather an integration of healthier habits over the next 6-12 months.
Skip the desert for 4 nights a week this month. Make it 5 the next month...6 a few months from that. Drink more water. Eat more vegetables. Make a conscious effort to go on a walk. There are many ways to embrace a healthier lifestyle. If things are taken in moderation, your life can be completely changed one year from today. In the big picture of things, it is absolutely worth it.
Expect more from yourself. You are capable and worthy! Life has its up's and down's but we must be overcomers and be more than conquerors.
Time: About Half of Americans Say They're Trying to Lose Weight
NCBI:Obesity and its comorbid conditions
The Simple & Healthy Food Relationship: A Basic Nutrition Guide
Quality Nutrition = Quality Training
Eating smart not only makes your feel better and exercise more efficiently but aids in a lifestyle that is less prone to disease and other health complications.