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Aug 11

Healthy Lifestyle Facts… not the same old boring statistics!

Welcome.  Thanks for being here.

What do you think  when you hear the words “healthy lifestyle”?  Perhaps you think it’s too hard or boring or you’ll have to give up your favorite foods.  Perhaps you think you’ll have to start going to the gym.  Perhaps you want to ignore it so you drown it out with another rerun of your favorite show on TV.  Perhaps you know you should live a healthy lifestyle but you just don’t wanna. healthy lifestyle

I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be hard, boring, or painful.  In fact, it can be easy, exciting, pain-free, and invigorating.  And you will feel more alive, be more productive, and have more friends!  OK… I can’t guarantee the friends, but if you’re healthier, more active, and full of life, it’s a safe bet that you’ll have lots of people who want to be around you.

Statistics:  the current state of health in the country

It’s a mess!  Over one third of men and women over 20 are obese.  You can clearly see the trend from the chart below.  This chart shows women but the statistics are very similar for men.

obesity stats Approximately  half of men and women over 18 don’t meet the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines (from US Department of Health and Human Services) for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity.  These guidelines recommend at least 2 and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity activity per week.  That’s essentially 20 minutes a day every day or 30 minutes 5 days a week.

Now before you get all up in arms about how are you going to find an extra 30 minutes in your day, we could start by focusing on the first guideline from HHS.  “All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits”.  That’s doable, isn’t it?

But let’s go back to that 30 minutes, shall we?  Do you take an elevator up to your office?  It could be faster to walk up the stairs and it would be much better for you.  Do you drive around parking lots looking for the closest spot and waiting and hoping for someone to pull out from the close spots?  If you just parked in the farthest spot, which is always open, and walked, you’d be saving time and getting exercise.  If you normally sit in the break room on your break, how about taking an apple with you and walking around the building instead?  You could even grab a co-worker and help them get healthy as well.  See?  I told you that you would have more friends.

Where else can we find 30 minutes?  If you’re watching television at night, that’s an easy one.  But if you’re busy every waking minute, then you need to take a break.  Even if you only have a few minutes, you can try these 5 simple exercises anywhere.  When you start looking for opportunities to exercise, you’ll start seeing them everywhere.

Causes behind the current state: food and exercise

Everything really comes down to one thing; the energy we’re putting into our bodies in the form of food is not in balance with the energy we’re expending in the form of exercise.  When energy IN = energy OUT, our bodies are in balance.

For the purposes of our weight, you could read that when “calories IN = calories OUT” then we will neither gain or lose weight.

The problem in terms of our overall health, however, is that not all calories are the same.  If you ate a Big Mac, large fries, and a large Coke you would take in 1,320 calories.  big macAt best, that’s half of the calories you should be eating in an entire day.  Depending on your size and activity level, that could be your entire allotment of calories for the day.  How many people only eat that one meal a day?  I hope not!

The reason I hope that’s not all you’re eating is that, despite all the calories, they’re not providing you much energy.  That’s because about half of those calories are in the form of fat.  And the rest have very little nutritional value because it’s been so processed down to be mass produced and cheap.  Fast food restaurants are very good at providing fast food that is very cheap.  But of course, the trade-off is in nutrition and your health.

The other main reason for becoming overweight and unhealthy is the lack of exercise.  Many of us sit in front of a computer all day long and then go home and sit in front of a television to relax.  In between, we’re sitting in our cars, sitting down to eat, sitting in the break room, and maybe sitting to read a book.  Hm-m-m.  Are you seeing a common theme here?

We have to get up off our butts!  I’m including myself in that.  I know that butts are made for sitting, but enough is enough.  They’re not made for sitting for 16 hours a day!  What would make a difference for our general health is to get up on our feet, do a little exercise, walk a little, and use our muscles.

Current medical paradigm

Another contributing factor to the prevalence of obesity and poor health is our current medical paradigm.  Here in the western world, we wait until people are sick and then we “treat” their symptoms.  We’re not even in the business of curing diseases.  If you think about it, very few of the diseases that most of us are dealing with are ever really cured.  We simply take a drug that masks the symptoms.  Then that drug slowly kills us with side effects.  eastern western medI don’t know about you, but the side effects scare me more than the disease!  I don’t watch much television, but occasionally I’ll hear an ad for a drug that “cures” some fairly innocuous symptom like heartburn and one of the side effects is death!  I, for one, would rather have heartburn than death?

In the eastern societies, like China, they actually focus on prevention.  People there go to doctors on a regular basis to keep their bodies in balance.  They use acupuncture to keep the energy in the body in balance.

There are a growing number of doctors in the US who have researched alternative methods of treatment that are quite effective.  Dr. Batmanghelidj attributes dehydration for many of our current diseases.  He has cured many people of symptoms that had not responded to drugs by simply having them drink water.  You can find more information about that in his book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”.

Over 15,000 European doctors, naturopaths and homeopaths have recommended a self-administered, one-minute treatment using food grade hydrogen peroxide to more than 10 million patients in the past 70 years to successfully treat cancer, AIDS, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, herpes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, asthma and most other diseases.  And there are no side effects to taking hydrogen peroxide, except that it doesn’t taste very good.

Clearly, our current method of treatment doesn’t work.  The hospitals are bulging with patients who could have avoided being there by eating healthy and exercising.  We need to take charge of our own health and start  with eating better.  Not only will we avoid hospitals but we will start feeling good, we’ll have more energy, and we’ll feel more alive.

What you can do stair climbing

Start today and take one step at a time.  Even a baby step is better than no step.  Find a friend to make a commitment with you.  Or find a health coach to get you started and to hold you accountable.

I always ask people why they want to have a healthy lifestyle.  What would being healthy provide for you?  Do you want to be able to chase your little children around the house?  Do you want to be able to walk up the stairs to your house without getting out of breath?  Do you want to join a walk in support of Breast Cancer awareness?  Do you want to be around to watch your grandchildren grow up and have children of their own?  And not just around, but really active in yours and their lives.  That’s what this is all about.

The bottom line

The bottom line is that no matter what your situation, no matter what your level of health, no matter what you’ve done or not done in the past, today is a new day.  Every single little thing you do for your body will make a difference.  Every french fry you don’t eat and every carrot you do eat will make a difference.  Every step you take up the stairs instead of taking the elevator will make a difference.  Every meal you cook at home instead of stopping for fast food will make a difference.  Start today and keep yourself out of the hospital tomorrow.  And don’t forget to drink your water!

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Please leave a comment below and tell me what you think.  Is any of this helpful?  I’d love to hear from you.

Alice

alice@loveyourhealthcoach.com

 

 

 

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  1. Georgette

    Hi Alice, Love your post and I’m happy to find that I do many things that you suggest to do! I love to drink water that’s all I drink all the time, I love vegetables, fruits and I stay away from fast food restaurant! Thank you I will be back!

    1. Alice

      Georgette, it sounds like you’re doing all the right things as far as water, vegetables and fruit. Since you love water, you might want to take the August “Agua” Challenge and find out if you’re drinking enough water. Thanks for visiting my website!

  2. Amanda

    Great advice Alice. I know I have been getting so much treatment for symptoms of migraines, none of the doctors focus on prevention. Trying to modify my foods, and stopped drinking soda a year ago. Felt better right away. Great site!

    1. Alice

      Thanks for your comment, Amanda. I know that migraines can be quite miserable. There is a section about migraine headaches in the book “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” in which Dr. “B” says that the “most prudent way of dealing with a migraine is its prevention by the regular intake of water”. Try drinking half your body weight in ounces of water and see if that helps. Be sure to let me know!

  3. Olesea

    this post completely resonates with me.. I’m actually planning on starting a health coach training within the next days, so I agree with you 100%.
    Nowadays the food is so bad and of poor quality, which is why I am a big promoter of buying organic food and moving our bodies as much as we can daily :)

    1. Alice

      You’re definitely on the right track, Olesea. Organic food is definitely best, as well as moving our bodies. Good luck with your training. Please come back anytime and let me know what you think and how it’s going.

  4. Trevor Headley

    Hi Alice,
    I am Trevor headley from Barbados. Thanks for your useful insights. I particularly agree that we need to drink more water. Keep up the good work!

    1. Alice

      Hi Trevor,
      Thanks for coming to my website. For more information about water, you can check out another one of my articles by clicking here. Please come back again!

  5. PLWilksy

    Hi.
    Enjoying your site. Totally agree that living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be hard or difficult to implement. Adopting this lifestyle is not rocket science and that point has been put across very well. Simple common sense changes is all it takes. Looking forward to your future suggestions.
    Thanks Phil.

    1. Alice

      Hi Phil,
      Thanks for visiting my website. I totally believe in simple common sense changes and use the KISS principle to guide me (Keep It Simple Stupid). Please come back again!

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