We all know the benefits a healthy lifestyle can bring; eating right and exercising can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer as well as improve your overall quality of life. If it really were as simple as just eating the right food and getting exercise on a regular basis there wouldn’t be a problem. The reality is not everyone can find it this easy, so why do some people struggle to lead a healthier lifestyle?
The number one reason most people find not to be healthy is they have an excuse, they either don’t have time to cook healthy meals or they don’t like the taste of vegetables, they’re asthmatic and can’t exercise or they have flat feet so they can’t run (these are all excuses an old flat mate of mine used to use to justify being morbidly obese). The fact of the matter is there’s no excuse, you do have time to cook even if you cook at the weekend and put it in the freezer for the month, and healthy eating is more than just vegetables and anyone can do some form of exercise.
Maybe ignorance is a strong word but it really is surprise how many people don’t know what constitutes as healthy. It can be confusing if you read the papers on a daily basis, we’re always been told we should be eating so much of one thing and less of another, there’s always the latest fad diet or exercise that seems to work wonders (for about a week). Just trust your common sense, you know that a glass of water is healthier than a glass of coke and you know taking the stairs is better than taking the lift.
It doesn’t cost money to be healthy, gym memberships cost money and fancy pre packed salads cost money but being healthy does not. You might think it’s cheaper to just grab a burger from a fast food restaurant rather make your own lunch each day but this isn’t true. Buying your vegetables individually rather than pre packed is much cheaper and you get more for your money. Cooking your own dinner from scratch rather than using store brought sauces or frozen meals is so much healthier, cheaper and tastes better too, once you know what you’re doing. It doesn’t cost anything to go for a jog round your local park or workout in your own home.
The one advantage that ready meals and takeaways have over home cooked food is time, it’s a lot quicker to grab something already made than it is to cook your own food from scratch but this doesn’t mean you don’t have time to be healthy. As I’ve already mentioned, you can easily cook a few meals at the weekend when you do have a bit more time and leave them in the freezer for the week. Invest in a slow cooker so you can throw all your ingredients in before you leave for work in the morning then you’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you when you get home. If you take the bus home from work get off a stop earlier and walk that extra ten minutes, it will soon add up.
Jessica works for JTX Fitness who can help anyone get into shape with an extensive collection of exercise and fitness equipment
- How to Eat Whatever You Like and Stay Healthy (detoxcleansing.org)
- Get Your Daily Dose of Exercise (dietcleanse.org)