Better Health Tomorrow Begins by Making Better Choices Today
I am a very practical person. When I was deciding on a series of articles intended to be both informative and practical, I realized that one of the missing factors in people being more healthy than they currently are is that they don’t know how to make proper choices in their lifestyle. I have written a series of articles to help you in your quest toward achieving and maintaining optimal health. Better health tomorrow begins by understanding what changes to make in your lifestyle and then making better choices in what you do and what you eat on a daily basis. Where we are in the future is determined by the small changes we make each day. Applying these changes consistently over time will take you virtually anywhere you would like to go in your health and in your future.
How healthy you CAN be is determined by many factors- things like genetic limitations, your history of childhood diseases, and many other things that are beyond your control. But by far, the NUMBER ONE reason that people are not in their best state of health is that no one has taught them how to make better lifestyle choices. Things like smoking or not, whether you choose to drink alcohol, what you eat, how much sleep you get every night, and more. I have been practicing in the field of health and health care for over 30 years, and it never ceases to amaze me how little the average person knows about how the choices they make affect their health and their future.
“You are today the product of all the choices and decisions that you have made in your life up to this point.” Does that make sense to you? If that is true, and it is, then where you are in your life and health 5 years from now will be determined by the choices that you begin making starting TODAY. It is NEVER too late to start making better decisions regarding your health, and it WILL determine your future.
In these articles, I will span a wide variety of topics all designed to provide practical steps toward achieving the best state of health that you can achieve. Regardless of your personal limitations that are beyond your control, you CAN be more healthy than you are today. Small changes in the choices you make consistently over time will help you more than you can possibly imagine at this point in time. In this article I will discuss the importance of exercise and the role it plays on becoming as healthy as is possible. Remember, you don’t have to start training for a marathon by tomorrow, but you must begin MOVING. Our bodies were designed to move and be active, and I will do my best to help you make better choices with regard to what you do during the day, the activities you participate in, and how to exercise simply and effectively on your way toward better health.
Our state of health is not a “static” thing. In fact, it is just the opposite. It is a dynamic, constantly changing, sometimes elusive entity that requires constant attention. Health and your quality of life begin with choices that you make. If you make bad choices over a period of time, you will pay the consequences. On the other hand, good choices in matters that affect your health can turn around what appears to be a hopeless situation in a reasonably short period of time. One of the most important choices with regard to health is the inclusion of some form of exercise in your daily routine. You must make this a priority because research has proven that exercise on a daily basis is even more important to your health and your future than what you eat! The general populous pays way more attention to their diet than they do whether or not they exercise, so by applying this to your life, you will be ahead of most of the people you know regarding your state of health in a relatively short period of time.
I can hear some of you now saying things like “I’m too old to begin an exercise program”, and “If I don’t have any energy now, how can I possibly muster enough extra strength to exercise”. “I’m already tired. Won’t exercising just make me even more tired?” Other excuses include “I don’t have time”, and “I can’t afford to join a health club or a gym”. All I can say in response to all of these excuses is GIVE THEM UP! Everyone can exercise effectively as early as 3 and 4 years old, and no one is too old or too out of shape to begin a program of improving your level of fitness.
You can be just as effective in your quest for getting into better shape in your living room, family room, or den than you can in a health club, so you can’t use the lack of money as an excuse. You don’t even need to buy a bunch of weights and additional equipment, but can use what is available in your own home. By setting aside as little as 15 minutes per day, you can be on your way to experiencing the benefits associated with consistent exercise. Everyone can find 15 minutes per day- roll out of bed 15 minutes earlier, don’t go to bed until you have completed your exercises, use a portion of your lunch hour instead of talking, give up part of one TV show or perform your exercises while watching your favorite show! The payoff far outweighs the “sacrifice”.