December 29, 2016

It’s socially responsible to be fit and healthy

I don’t mean to preach but it is an irresponsible way to live as a fat, sluggish and unhealthy person in modern society.  It places a burden on your family, friends and neighbours and fellow tax-payers.  You only have to look at how difficult health care is in say, the U.S.A. to realize that over-indulgence, drugs and just a lack of adequate pride in one’s own being has added to the cost of running any sort of health care.

All it would take for the USA and other developed nations to have an affordable system in place is to hack away at the diabetes rate, the obesity, cancers caused by poor diet and bad environment, heart attacks caused by over-indulgence in poor diet, and the endemic laziness caused by a combo of remote controls and too much entertainment that is ‘sitting on your bum-based’.

This guys really over induldged!

It is a matter of national shame if a country cannot look after its sick and if as a national characteristic, fitness for the masses (not just the iron-men) is not seen as the accepted way of life.  Lobby for secure bike racks, showers at work so that you can ride or walk there.  Use an exercise ball to sit on in the office instead of a chair.  It is AMAZING what it achieves for your balance.  (Mind you, my secretary who was a male was not impressed that the exercise ball he was allocated was flesh pink.  He developed a complex about testicular disease …. But it was an amusing sight.)

In Australia, the weather is generally great for exercising.  There is no excuse.

There should be no need to spend money losing weight.  If it is motivating for you, start a savings jar and put in the money you are saving by not eating so much at each meal, not buying fattening lattes, or something like that.  Reward yourself at the end of the year by buying a herd of cattle or flock of ducks on heifer.org.

The formula for weight-loss is simple:  eat just as much as your body requires for fuelling your daily bodily functions.  NO MORE.  Prune a little off that for bigger weight loss or exercise more.  Substitute ‘light options’ (fruit, oatmeal etc.) for the greasy stuff.  Don’t look at food as a reward.  Get your brain working and convince yourself that fat and grease are just yucky and you will be amazed at how you won’t want to eat it.

Don’t ever ‘eat till you burst’ and go to the gym to shed your gluttony.  It is better to take small snacks through the day, remember to clean teeth afterwards though.  Drink adequate fluids, water being the best or some anti-oxidant teas.  If you are feeling hungry, have a cup of green tea.  Or eat an apple, skin, seeds and all.  It is amazing how it keeps away the hunger pains. The apple seeds contain pectin which is a fighter against cancer.

Ramp up those steps to 10,000 per day or more.  Get off the computer and do some hand exercises to avoid repetitive strain injuries. (And trust me, these are REAL).

Motivating yourself to exercise is not always easy especially if you are so fat that you puff and pant after a few steps.  Get a buddy, walk around the block.  Buy a pedometer and count your steps.

See what you can prune from automated tasks in your daily life and do them  by hand: eg. Hang clothes on the line and burn energy from your body and save energy from your electricity meter.  If you have stairs, see how fast you can walk up and down them.  Time yourself and improve your time.  Lift those knees!

Send us your ‘staying fit and healthy’ ideas and we will compile them into a mega-list to help other readers!

Today I plan on taking a 1 hour walk – will wait till it is cooler in the evening and put on my headphones and just walk.

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Comments

  1. Everyone should be healthy. I just learned about a new book that might be really useful in helping people achieve this end. It’s called “Looking Good Naked” and it outlines healthy, natural steps you can take to live a better life. I don’t think it’s diet fad book, and that’s what I like about it. It should be good. I know it will be available on the North American market in June, but I’m not sure if it will be available in Australia. I’m sure anyone interested can find it on Amazon.

    • I believe that diets never really work – it is about living a healthy lifestyle with things in moderation. I find myself craving chocolate, so I limit myself to one piece every now and again. I really savor it when I have it, and now I am on the hunt for the best chocolate out there so when I do have it, I am at least having the BEST! :)
      Currently it is LOVING EARTH CRUNCHY MINT DARK CHOCOLATE and it is delish!

      Also walking is totally underrated as well – I try to walk as much as I can every day and knowing I have walked somewhere is better than doing nothing!

      I will keep my eyes peeled for this book – I am not sure about its release in Australia but when you know more let us know!

  2. Am back in Australia for a flying visit and have started to wonder whether the Aussie foodie culture is bad for the health! I have put on weight quickly while here. I miss my 3 flights of stairs for instant daily unavoidable exercise and the availability of fabulous cheese in Australia is way too tempting. Off for a long walk this morning!

    • I think the food culture in Australia isn’t too bad actually! There is a lot of choice and it just comes down to people making healthy food choices!
      If you put in front of me a bowl of fruit salad or some chocolate, I would EASILY pick the bowl of fruit salad (hoping to eat the chocolate after 😉 ) but I wonder how many people would do the same?

      I also had some time to think – if I had to pick my last meal on earth it would have to be a big bowl of fruit salad the way my grandmother makes it, heavy on the mango and watermelon followed by a massive plate of steamed vegies (also made the way my grandmother makes it) I might add a touch of butter and pepper to the vegies but oh gosh I am drooling already at the thought!