Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How Can People Improve Their Health Without Drastically Changing Their Lifestyle by Helen

There are ways of improving your health without drastically changing your lifestyle. Simply going back to the lifestyles we had in the early 60's and 70's era would do it. We need to realize that fast food is convenient but not always the right choice. We need to be able to see that we are easily influenced by magazines and television today on health choices.
Speaking of the early 60's and 70's era, growing up as a child in the early 60's and 70's was a lot of fun. We were limited to the sweets that we consumed. We ate well balanced meals. You always ate your vegetables everyday. We had healthy snacks like fruit, raisins, tea cakes made from natural ingredients. We also ate in moderation. We watched television a limited number of hours a day. The most fun part was that we got plenty of exercise. We played outdoors and would get upset when street lights came on because all children had to be back at home. Everyone always got enough rest because there were bedtimes in the 60's and 70's era.
I am in my late 40's and I realize that fast food is exactly what it is, FAST FOOD!!! It is prepared  on a second's notice. It s full of calories and sodium that in the long run are not good for your health. Even though you find it to be convenient after a hard day's work, it can weigh heavy on your bank account as well as your stomach and thighs.
It is good to be able to see and understand how much we are influenced by magazines and the media today. Magazines showcase models that are very thin wearing beautiful clothing. Magazines brainwash society into believing that a little extra weight is not healthy or attractive. The television often has advertising of fast food places which allows our judgment to say "Heah, that White Castle burger sure looks good".
In closing our society could very much change their health for the better without doing it so drastically. Simply get outside for walks and exercise. You don't have to be a kid to play in the park. Enjoy having fun. Buy snacks such as carrots that you have to peel, coconuts that you have to crack to eat. Be committed to eating breakfast everyday because it powers you up for challenges you face on a daily basis. Don't let the television and magazines cloud your judgment. You can be very healthy at 225 pounds or 150 pounds. It depends on what you put into your body. Like they say mind over matter. It really does matter how you think in your mind to make a change for the better.

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