Sunday, March 7, 2010

Benefits of a Good Diet and Exercise

I spent this week researching easy diet and exercise tips, and realized one thing: There are so many fads out there, but very little information on practical and easy application of how to apply this information. So I thought before we start to go into details about what to do, and how to do it, we need to understand why nutrition and exercise are important. Every individual may have a very different reason for staying healthy, but ultimately, there are a few general reasons why a healthy diet and exercise program are good for us.

Body image: Research shows that people that eat well and exercise have higher self confidence. And we are not talking about people who starve themselves. This is about people who make an effort to understand what they are putting into their bodies and how to keep themselves healthy. This is what this blog is striving to achieve; to allow people to understand the fundamentals of a good diet and exercise, and how to implement it for themselves to build a better body image. A good body image often does not depend on your weight or size.

Health Benefits: We all don't just want to live long, we also want to live well. Being African, we are prone to heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases. Exercise and proper nutrition makes the heart stronger, decreases body fat, lowers blood pressure, increases bone health, and helps give the body more energy.

Relaxation and Stress Relief: It seems weird to put exercise in the same category as relaxation, but eating well and staying fit does make you happier and generally more relaxed. It could be a hormonal thing, or just because you are putting all your negative energy into something that is actually producing results. Exercise also helps us sleep better, so to all the insomniacs reading, hop on this train!

Brain Activity: I have read several research papers where the writers talk about how bad eating and lack of physical activity negatively impacts the brain. Some people just have great genes when it comes to mental activity, but most of us would benefit greatly from a good diet, exercise, and a good night's sleep. You might notice that your learning speed and memory are improving, and you are able to think better on your feet.

There is so much more you can benefit from a healthy diet and physical activity, but these were the ones I found most interesting. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please leave a comment or send me an email.

Next week, we will talk about how to easily jump-start your diet and exercise regimen, even if you do not yet know anything about diet and exercise.


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