EXERCISE IS NOT VANITY

“So what if you want to look good.”


LIFE IN LIFTING

I have heard people who for some reason attach exercising with vanity. Why do we think it’s shallow for people to go to the gym? Or better yet, how did we get so far away from health? The looks you get when people can obviously see that you workout. But shouldn’t we all to some extent have fitness in our lives? Now I’m not saying you have to be Jillian Michaels or the Dewayne The Rock Johnson, but only anfew days a week goes a very long way. It makes so much physically feels better. Your clothes even starts to fit your body in a manner that makes you overall feel good. And the confidence you gain is bar none compared to yourself prior. So what is the real reason so many don’t attempt?

MOTIVATION IS KEY

When you work forty hours in a week it’s going to be tough to find time to exercise. But is it all about time? Because if you actually look at time in a week, finding forty five minutes at least three times a week is very basic. So it’s not the focus of the physical time. People have a mental stress which goes along with their jobs. And the more you don’t like your job, the more it will feel like a physical strain. So the idea you can’t do it because you’re busy is not true. Even for people with children. But then factor a kid or kids with a bad job. Now you have a recipe for disaster. Yet still, you have to get the motivation from somewhere.

ADELE REACTION

When singer Adele lost her weight the backlash from some of her fans was quite excessive. She admitted it was for her own good. But there are people who would rather her be overweight so they can feel good about themselves than her health be right. It’s very selfish of society to want someone to remain in bad health so they don’t have to work. Because what Adele showed you is this is a problem. But society would rather not be faced with the reality.


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HEALTH ON A BUDGET

“Eating healthy on the cheap.”


EAT WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD

There is this prevailing theory that in order to be able to eat good you have to spend a lot of money. But the reality is that it’s much easier than you think if you’re willing to put the time into caring what goes into your body. And here is where so many people give up. When you are working all day long the last thing you’re thinking about is meal preps. You just want to grab something quick and easy which will fill you up the quickest. And the problem with this logic is that this is how you gain the most bad weight. So what are the meals one should take into their bodies. Well that all depends on the goal you’re trying to meet.

STAY AWAY FROM FAST FOOD

I remember going to a McDonald’s eating from the dollar menu everyday. Which is very affordable but it’s one of the most unhealthy ways one can consume a meal. My pockets were fine but internally I felt like garbage. And that’s because eating from McDonald’s is the worst meal to consume on a daily basis. You continue to live like this and you’re only asking for long term effects. So I had to make a decision to keep eating this way or I would take on a new way of living. Well, you can image which road I decided to take in life.

ITS STILL YOUR LIFE

Me nor anyone else is going to make you eat the right way. You have to make that decision yourself. Because it’s not me who will have to deal later it’s your choice. But don’t say you didn’t have the opportunity. It’s a discipline thing that one has to consistently practice. It takes years to eat right and exercise even more diligently. The road is long but for most it pays off.


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HEALTH SCARES WORK: HOW INTERNAL PROBLEMS FORCE YOU TO CHANGE COURSE

Doctor Pointing at Tablet Laptop

“You will change or forced to do so.”


test results

Most people go to sleep and wake up not really thinking about their health. Problem is, things arise that force you into the doctor’s office. Now, for me, I like to go to the doctor’s office throughout the year. And even with that nothing is guaranteed. So you say to yourself, why even do it if there is no guarantee with health? Well, statistically it puts you at a strong disadvantage. You are supposed to care for your body even when the doctor’s visit renders there is nothing wrong. That doesn’t mean you’re supposed go, “Oh, there’s nothing wrong, back to the donuts and ice cream.” Bad decision to make once you have been given clearance.

longevity means a lot

Everyone want to have a long life on Earth. But when you get news that you must change your lifestyle, then you are forced to come to a realization. You want to live longer than you are going to live change the lifestyle. Or, you can go at it like you have been doing. That is the thing that wakes people up. And hey, you still may live longer, but do you want to live longer and be forced to live in an assisted living quarters. Because there is nothing more upsetting to see someone that is much much older who refused to change their ways early in life. Now they have to have someone around the clock caring for them until the day they die.

use others as an example

Depending on your family history, you may be prone to have sicknesses unlike others. In my family, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease is a problem. So I have to be extra careful considering it is on both sides of my family. Now, granted, since childhood, I grew up an athlete, but every now and then I feel a little sick. A lot of times it’s nothing but a little bit of stress and anxiety. I will say for the most part I am fine. But if you come from one of these families it should be a wake-up call when you see people getting ill from sicknesses you know you have a lot of control over.


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POOR OPTIONS: HOW TO EAT HEALTHY WITH LITTLE MONEY

Person Carrying Basket of Vegetables

“Eat well people.”


when you have less

As a young man with not much income, I am still able to consume a meal that is good for me to eat. Now granted I don’t have children which forces you to have a major lifestyle change. But I wake p in the morning, leg lift with the medicine ball, then when I am able to get back on the bench, I bench press. But people seem to think that if you have less money that means that your diet has to be a reflection of the lack of income. And yes, the meals that are the most affordable are usually the meals that aren’t good for you. But there are other options if you are willing to eat them.

daily calories

A human only really needs about 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day to remain healthy.Only problem in America is that we generally consume more than we need. We eat when we feel hungry, and sometimes that can still be after eating. But there are days I feel hungry, but I am not hungry. And that means at times you’re eating as a person just to be eating. So when you consume even though it is not useful to do so, then you find yourself being unhealthy. Just always remember, eating to get full is less healthy then eating because you must have a meal that day.

how far can my dollar go

Whenever I go to the store, I see fruits and vegetables that seem more expensive than they are; and that is because it is a supply and demand thing. You have to realize that the more the fruit that people want, it will be higher at the store. Cherries cost more than bananas, but there are also other variables, yet cherries are more popular. So know what is within your cost that taste good and is healthy. But also be prepared to know the value of starches and poultry in addition to the fruits and vegetables. Buy the bulk pack of poultry, like wings instead of breast, but bake the wings and not fried. As for the condiments, don’t add too much, such as sugar and sauces.


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A FAMILY AFFAIR: HOW TO MAKE IT PART OF THE HOUSEHOLD

Flat Lay Photography of Fruit Platter

“A family that eats together.”


eat right together

In your household, how often do you and your family eat a healthy meal together? Because a lot of families around the country don’t eat a meal that is based in health. They typically eat foods that are not good for them. Now to play devil’s advocate, a lot of the unhealthy food is cheaper and goes further. So trying to eat a balanced diet when you are eating on a budget is tough. Because it cost way more money to eat healthy foods than it does to not eat healthy. For example, McDonald’s menu has entire $1 meals you can purchase, but there is not much room to eat a good meal at night for $3. And these fast food restaurants are locate din poorer communities.

kids eat what we eat

When I was a kid and there was a BBQ for the family, we as the kids ate whatever he parents had to eat. So if the kids had rib tips, then you know what, so did we. The problem that this creates is starting kids off on the wrong track as it pertains to trying to eat right. There really is no reason that kids should be eating the same food as full grown adults. Especially considering that the adults are eating foods they should be cutting form their diet as well.

making the conscious decision

As you walk the aisles of the grocery store, resist the temptation to purchase foods that are not good for you. For so many of us who like eating the unhealthy because it taste good, that’s hard. For me, it’s really not that hard of a task to do. I know what I want versus what is good for me to eat. So eating foods good for me is quite simple. But I also played sports, so eating foods that were good for you were beneficial. So, my who life has been set this way. And trying a new exercise regimen or diet becomes easy.


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MAKING MONEY AND EATING RIGHT: WHEN YOU HAVE MORE YOU SHOULD INVEST MORE

Assorted Sliced Fruits in White Ceramic Bowl

“Spend for your own good.”


you have it, do right

Whenever you are in the financial position to take more care of yourself, then you have to do so. I will never understand the people who make the income to eat healthy, but choose not to do so. Yes, if you make a lot of money, you’re busy, but that does not mean you are too busy to not eat healthy. You have to eat food, so there is no reason why it’s not healthy food. Even exercise is something that becomes of choice. Because no matter how busy your schedule, it still is choice at a certain level. So what should someone who make the income do to eat right?

structure is key

How is your daily routine put into place? Normally, people are of certain means are always busy, so they have to have a schedule laid out for them like they do everything else. This means they must go to a schedule or some type of planner to look to so that everything is in order. These are typically not people who just do it because to them the idea of eating right is not a business priority. It’s not important until they become truly ill due to their lack of eating right. Then their business becomes in jeopardy now they must eat right.

head space

If you want to get the right food in your system, you have to get yourself in the right mental space. If you are financially well to do, but all you think about is money, your body has to be taken care of in the same capacity. And to think that people like this don’t think about their health, which the reason they can go out and have a business is odd. Structure your mind to have the same grind as you have with the money you make. Because both of them go hand in hand with each other. Without the health, you don;t make the money.


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REGIONALLY OVERWEIGHT: WHY SPECIFIC REGIONS MUST CHANGE THEIR HABITS

Person Holding Tape Measure

“Get it together.”


overeating in america

I come from the Midwest, and if you know anything about this region of the country, you know we love to eat. And let’s not leave out the South as well. And to put things into perspective, when I say eat, I mean everything has pork fat, lard, fried, and glazed. Oh yeah, BBQ’d and smoked to perfection. And here lies the problem with the regions. Because when you have of the top fattest cities, four of the top five in one state (Texas) that possess a serious health concern. I know we live in a country where we can eat what we want, but there has to be limits. Texas, as I mentioned, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan; these places lead the charge in being overweight.

good eatin, bad problems

What happens when you consume so much food, you start to develop health issues surrounding the food you eat. Diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia, colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, liver disease, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder disease, kidney failure, and loss of vision (which can stem from diabetes). Now, if eating good means any of these issues, keep the meal over there. But we seem to not care and tell people don’t tell me what to eat. But it will be the problem of someone when they are forced to care for you when you lose a leg to Diabetes. So eat what you like, but think for just a moment those who may have to care for you.

hell, water can be bad drinking too much

You want to have a few donuts, fine; a little Haagen Dazs, go nuts. But go nuts every now and then. You can eat anything, just don’t make things a habit. Too much bread and not a balance of other foods can lead to illnesses. And what is more healthy then good old fashion bread. Well, there are fruits and vegetables; but beware, too much fruit raises sugar levels as well. You don’t need to eat sweets to still get sick. And after hearing this you say, now who cares. If fruit gets me sick, let me eat my donuts in peace. Well, nothing is guaranteed, but fruit is a hell of a lot better than chips and cookies and donuts. So eat as you wish, but don’t say you weren’t warned.


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