Many things can govern our quality of life and the way we feel. Clearly money, coworkers, and other social aspects can alter your quality of life, but I’m referring to our health. There are a few things that can affect our health such as age, genetics, and our environment. Since we can’t change our age or genetics, we have to focus on our environment. This includes things like what we do, our physical environment, what we eat, etc. That said, I know that deep down inside you all know that our environment sucks for our health.
Physical limitations aside, how much do your genetics affect your results? Most people are not as limited by our genetics as we may think. People with slow metabolisms can increase their metabolisms, people with bad joints can find alternate means of exercise, and elderly people can still work out just as well as everyone else.
We all know what causes fat gain, muscle and bone density loss, poor posture, and health problems. We are faced with startling facts about our health every day. On the radio the other day we were told that compared to 50 years ago, humans now only have 25 percent of the fertilization rate that we used to due to cell phone radiation, diet, pollution and other external factors. This may seem like a good thing if you aren’t looking to have children, but what’s going to be the case in another 50 years?
On the news and television we often hear people telling us how to live healthier and happier lives. We are surrounded and shrouded with so much information on how to be healthier. TV shows with doctors that give advice on how to improve our daily lives, news articles on the internet give us step-by-step how-to videos on exercises, and endless other means of information.
So how is it that we have more information about how to live a healthy and happy life than we ever have before, yet we currently have the lowest quality of life than we have ever had? The unfortunate truth is that even if I were to discover the perfect routine that works for everyone and makes all guys and gals look like celebrities, it still wouldn’t happen.
With all the common-day conveniences that we have today, we have become a much lazier species. Anything that makes our lives easier now seems like the only way to do things. People don’t exercise, and then look for the easiest way to lose weight; people don’t eat healthy foods, and then take medications to try to fix their health problems; people deprive themselves of sleep, and then wonder why they are too tired to get up and move about.
I won’t lie and say that people should be super-active all day and be riddled with energy. Humans and most other animals are inherently lazy. We are not designed to run marathons and pump iron every day, we are designed to conserve our energy and use it in small bursts when necessary or when our bodies tell us we need to exercise. Unfortunately, this no longer works in our world because we no longer have natural healthy foods available to us, so if we tried to live that way, we would all get very fat. We also no longer listen to our bodies. We are so busy focusing on tasks and projects that we don’t take the time to stop and think about how we really feel.
There is no secret to a healthy life, but if we focus on putting a strong effort in our day-to-day activities and focus on actually listening to what our bodies are telling us, a healthy life is not impossible to achieve. Get 8-9 hours of sleep, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, leave the crap-foods behind and use short bursts of energy every day. If you cancel your tv service for a month, and limit your internet usage, you will be surprised with how much free time you have. Stop wasting time with activities that make us feel like crap anyways and start enjoying life. You will look and feel amazing, and you will appreciate your time on this earth much more if you do.
Owner of Motive 8 Fitness
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