Why would/do you exercise and eat well? For most people- the top goal would be to look good (lose a few kg, gain a few kg).
Using exercise and nutrition as a tool for achieving your body goal’s is one of the last benefits it has to offer.
Exercise and nutrition should not be an option. In simple words, it is free, natural medicine for increased quality of life and longevity.
Social media is a massive advertising place for health and fitness. But what do you always see it promoting? Weight loss or body composition! Everyone from the owners to the people watching from their screens, are using it the wrong way.
“Learn to love your body”- This quote seems to be quite common on social media sites these days. What does it mean?
Yes, learn to love your body is something we all need to do. But this quote is in the wrong context. Whether you feel too big or too skinny for your liking we do need to love our bodies. But it is also in our control and up to us, to make sure they are healthy inside. This is the priority for health and fitness.
Health and fitness are essential for life and longevity. It reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can also have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most important, regular activity can improve your quality of life.
Below are many reasons why we should all be doing exercise and eating well:
* It reduces your risk of a heart attack
* It manages your weight better
* It helps lower blood cholesterol level
* It helps lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
* It helps lower blood pressure
* It helps you build stronger bones, muscles and joints.
* It creates a lower risk of falls
* You recover better.
* You feel better!! – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.
Mental Health and Exercise/nutrition go hand in hand and here’s how:
* Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries.
* Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact.
* Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns.
* Exercise increases endorphins and decreases stress hormones.
So, yes “learn to love your body” but understand that being overweight or underweight isn’t about looks. Your insides need exercise and nutritious foods to be healthy mentally and to be able to live longer!