IN OTHERS PRESENCE: CAN THOSE AROUND US EFFECT OUR HEALTH

Cigarette Stick on Pile of Coins

“Second hand be worse than first hand.”


the bad around us

Who are the people in your life that influence you? They may be the very people in your life as the reason to why your health may be declining. If you are in a relationship with a smoker, you are more at risk at times than they are. Because the second hand smoke is real. But you stay because they are someone you care about. But what about your health and well-being. Is that something that is important to you? Or you know what, forget about the smoking for one second. Let’s say the person or people you’re around don’t eat properly. That could have an effect on the way you consume meals as well. They are eating unhealthy, you’re not going to not indulge. You usually will feast along with them.

not being left out

We see our friends growing up doing something and don’t want to be left out of the pack. So what do we do, we typically join in on the festivities. And this is the reason why we may end up making the same decisions as them when it’s time to take care of our health. I don’t know too many people who are going to hang around people who engage in unhealthy lifestyles, while not doing it themselves. How many people associate with drug addicts and don’t try it themselves. How may people go to the restaurant and eat a salad while their friends gorge on food.

wanting to make others feel comfortable

You want to eat healthy, and live healthy, but you are afraid as to how your lifestyle will effect others. You don’t want to  be the one where everyone else heads home after work and you’re always in the gym working out. You are always trying to make people fell comfortable. When in reality, it is about your healthy and well-being. You don’t let yourself go to make others feel good about their own situation. If you are not motivation enough, maybe they are not the right group of people to be around.


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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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YOU LOOK THE PART: CAN YOU REALLY TELL SOMEONE’S HEALTH BY SIGHT

Blue Denim Jeans

“Lose weight, you, oh no.”


aesthetically pleasing

You look in the mirror, your body looks all together, and to other people you are fine. But when it comes to the doctor’s appointment, you have all these physical ailments. And for the life of people, they don’t get why you may be so sick. Well, the reason for you being sick is not because of how you look, it is the internal makeup of the body. Not everyone is meant to be slim in frame, and not everyone is meant to be heavy in frame. It’s what we consume and it is also the genetic makeup. If you are already predisposed to certain health issues, then think twice about the food you consume.

looking big, feeling great

I have seen women lifting weights and not matter how much they lift, they will never look like a Victoria’s Secret model. They just become a more toned version of themselves. So why are certain people labeled as being big and out of shape. Because some of it may be true, but other times it is the result of a more social norm in our society. But this is also a generational view as well because Marilyn Monroe would be considered a plus size women by today’s standards. So just because you may look a little more on the heavier side, you could be healthier than someone half your size. But it’s always good to get some good health facts.

the mobility test

Moving around is always a good indicator of good health. When you are less mobile because it is hard for you to move about, your health could be failing. I look in the NFL and see men 300 lbs. But they are professional athletes. That is a different 300 lbs. then a guy who just sits around his house eating all day. So you won’t find too many unhealthy people who have great mobility skills.


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SOCIAL SANITY: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS EFFECTING OUR MENTAL HEALTH

Close-up Photography of Smartphone Icons

“Too much time is not good.”


constant content

I wake up in the morning and check my Instagram first thing before turning on the television. The problem with that, is that people should get up and move around a little bit. If we are glued to our social media that early in the morning, it can have an impact on how we think. And in return can lead to some serious psychological problems. This is when you realize that social media can lead to mental health issues that stats have already concluded. But this is a medium that is here to stay and not going anywhere anytime soon. Not only is it not going away, but it will most likely grow to scale to be even bigger. Which means there will be even more problems in the world leading to an entire generation with mental illnesses.

whe were better when we didn’t know

There was a time when people didn’t know about the lifestyles of others. We got up, went to our jobs and came home to our families. You suspected people lived a certain way, but that was it. Now that there is a medium for people to post their lives, it is not only for public viewing. You also get a chance to see where you stand relative to someone else’s life. And no matter what you have someone somewhere has more. This has brought about a nation of depression and conspiracies. And yet, it is so easy to just unfollow, which is to a great extent why it’s so easy to not blame in a way social media. When I say blame, I am not saying them, I am saying a direct effect from the usage. We just were better off at times when we didn’t know, nor could we figure out.

why we tune in

Remember people, social media is all around us, but we have the option to tune out. We don’t have to follow things that make us uncomfortable. We do so because in today’s society we are addicted to the rage. We need something to be angry about and you can always depend on a story on the internet getting you revved-up. We nee something that will give us am escape away from our lives by looking at others lives with reverence. Sad part is that most people lives are fine, but when we compare we lose the satisfaction of how far we have come.


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DRIVING ON E: HOW TO INCREASE THE ENERGY IN YOUR BODY

Photo of Man Jumping On Box

“Wake up, workout.”


get your numbers up

If you start the day off and you only have limited energy, then you need to do something better with your lifestyle to start the day off right. You should not be starting your day with limited energy because sleep is when the body restores itself. Now, there are exceptions, the elderly tend to be one of them are people who are going to be low on energy. They have lived a 70, 80, or a few 100 years on earth. It will take some time but they are able to move about. But if you are in your 20’s, 30’s, and maybe even your 40’s, struggling to wake up in the morning could be linked to some form of health concern.

food fuel

You know how when you were a child your parents said eat your fruits and vegetables. Well, they were right, in addition some other eats like nuts and wheat. You need to get these foods inside of you because they provide your body not only with the energy it needs. But you also are able to remove any of the bad through your system. But if you are eating whatever, your body will start to be drained. A draining body with no matter how much sleep will be harder and harder to restore at night as you rest. So insert the proper nutrients for the body to continue after you wake up in the morning.

lift-run-lift

Exercise, yes people, you have to go to the gym, or run, or do something that will make sure that you have enough energy. I have been exercising since high school and I am in my 30’s, and I still exercise. My body only have had problems adjusting because of the new work schedule I have over the recent year. But even with that, I awake, ready for the day.  So my advice to you would be, if you’re waking up in the morning, and still tired, it may not only be your job. You might not be living the healthiest of lifestyles.


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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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QUALITY OF LIFE: HOW YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH EFFECTS DAILY ACTIVITIES

Man and Woman Jogging Near Body of Water

“Take care.”


just existing

Ever wake up in the morning and feel like you just can’t get yourself motivated to do anything that is of benefit to your physical health? This is something that millions of Americans deal with everyday. And the reason being is that staying in shape is such a tough feat, especially once you’re out of school and no longer have to do so. You hated it in gym class, and even more now that you’re an adult. But what happens when you are not motivated to care about your physical health? I’ll tell you what happens, so goes the quality of life with the physique. Try doing to simplest of activities when you are not in shape and see how difficult it can be. Difficulty that was not there when you were in the best shape of your life.

going about your day

You take one step, then two steps, and by the third step you have to stop and take a breather. You are going to have to ask yourself a  few questions. And one of those questions is, how much do you weigh? Are you of healthy size? And if you still feel fine, know that walking such short stints and then having to stop for air is not normal. That is your body telling you are not fine. As a human being, why are the easiest of task wearing you out? Lifting weights should make you tired, but walking halfway up the street without having to take a seat is problematic. And I know people say love yourself, but liking what you see, and what is negatively effecting your body is another. You can discredit the physician, but don’t be surprised when it happens, the drawbacks.

when enough is enough

There will have to come a day where you can no longer run away from the thing that is keeping you from motivating yourself. You will have to eventually say to yourself that you are not well. And anyone who has dealt with weight problems their entire life will tell you that they don’t truly feel good. Not being mobile so you can accomplish simple task effecting your overall quality of life is not something you want to live with over time.


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