It may feel like a smack in the face to hear that not exercising is a harmful habit, yet it is one that affects most individuals. A few weeks ago, I came across a disturbing statistic: More than seventy percent of American adults are either overweight or obese. This is a sobering fact, yet it doesn’t even begin to address the problem.
In health class in the sixth grade, we learn that a good diet and regular physical activity are the cornerstones of a long and happy life. However, as we get older and busier with our lives, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of regular physical activity. I have two questions for you. Think about whether or not you managed to walk or work out during your daily routine today. Secondly, if you have any unexplained aches or symptoms, take a moment to figure them out.
Because exercising is more than just keeping your weight in check, I’d like to hear from you all. A solid diet could help keep that figure of yours, but exercise in one form or another takes that physique to another level. Weight loss isn’t the sole benefit of regular exercise; it has a positive impact on overall health and well-being. Not exercising in any manner hurts our physical health in the same way that emotionally exhausting or abusive persons can harm our mental health.
The absence of a regular exercise routine can also cause havoc with our daily routines. Why? Our personal lives do not have a set schedule on a daily basis. Seeing this directly with that same father, I have witnessed what a lack of a fitness plan can do to one’s physical health and professional life. The moment their workbags are small enough to fit on the floor, people prefer to just flop on the couch and drift off to sleep. Disrupting a night’s sleep pattern and tensing up already stiff muscles are the results of these actions.
It’s time for a fix
Despite the fact that exercise might easily be paired with the first bad habit on this path, I prefer to separate it for a few reasons. If you have tight joints and aching muscles, no amount of skin care or a healthy diet can make them go away. Second, when “things get tough,” it’s common for people to neglect their workout routines. The easiest method to break the bad habit of not exercising is to discover what we enjoy doing first. Yoga or Pilates may be all it takes to motivate some of us to get out of bed and do something good for our joints and muscles. Others find that a good run or other form of cardiac exercise is just what they need. The fact that each of these options has the potential to elevate our physical well-being is what makes them so effective.
In the second place, we need to ask, “What would this exercise program do for me?” If we believe we are in good physical condition and do not have a high risk of becoming overweight or obese, we should assess whether or not an exercise will benefit a sore back or a stiff knee that we are experiencing. Even if we have a lot on our plates, a little longer walk to the grocery store can help us get some cardio in despite everything. In other words, choosing a fitness regimen that works is more than just a matter of losing pounds. It can help alleviate some of the discomfort.
In the end, once we’ve decided on our preferred workout program and determined how it can improve some area of our physical health, we block it into our schedules. Last but not least, remember what I said earlier about exercise and daily structure? Exercising can be done at any time and in any location. As a result, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get some exercise. Our days become more organized when we follow this daily or every other day program. For a limited time, the planet will cease to exist. The majority of the time, whatever annoys us can be put on hold until we take a break and recharge our batteries.
Taking into consideration the three pieces of advice will go a long way toward breaking the bad habit of not exercising. To return to what I said earlier, every choice we make is a bet on the future. In terms of exercise, this is especially important because it helps us maintain a healthy body weight, mobility, and schedule. Whenever our inactive colleagues in twenty years’ time start whining about diabetes, messed-up joints or back problems, we’ll remember how our restored vigor was stimulated by regular physical activity.
Beverage Choices: Regular or Diet Soda
If you didn’t already know, drinking soda is bad for our health because it contains an infinite amount of toxins. Yeah. No matter how active we are, soda does more harm than good to our health. As long as I can get my hands on it for a reasonable price, I’m set to go. Wrong. One of the most harmful habits we may get into is drinking soda all the time. Take my word for it. At one point in my life, I drank soda more frequently than I drank water. Is this what happened? I could have been obese if I had not taken the initiative to completely eliminate soda from my diet (with some help from a lovely woman I met in college). For the past two years, I haven’t had a single sip of soda, and my body is thanking me every day.
- The first and most obvious problem with soda is that it tastes nice but just adds empty calories to your diet, making it an unhealthy habit. Why are you still unable to reach your ideal weight, no matter how hard you try? Soda, of course. Sodas without artificial sweeteners can easily contribute 200 to 300 calories to a single serving of food. That works out to an average of 700 calories in liquid calories for a full day of eating. Our bodies suffer as a result of the “fuel” we put into them, and that’s the basis of this bad habit.
- Second, consuming soda is bad for our health because it doesn’t provide our bodies with any essential nutrients. Do you know how many milligrams of riboflavin or zinc are in that bottle of Coca-Cola? How many cans of Coke are there in a 12 oz. can? “Not a significant source” of important nutrients that our bodies need to sustain fundamental functions, according to the can itself. Because Coke and Pepsi have chosen to employ artificial sweeteners as a replacement, the diet options are no better. Even the small quantity of benefits we receive from caffeine isn’t worth the small amount of caffeine we obtain.
- Finally, if we consume too much soda, we feel bloated and uncomfortable. If so, have you ever ordered a Mountain Dew and drank it before your meal had arrived? In particular for the eager young, maturing men who may be reading this post, my guess is yes. You gladly accept the waiter’s request for a refill. At this point, you’ve already had three or four glasses of wine and haven’t even eaten half of your lunch or supper yet. What a bummer! That’s because the soda’s carbonation and other chemicals have left you with a sense of satiety after drinking it. After a few hours, this delusion of fullness wears off, and you find yourself craving more food. You eat a bag of chips and a couple cookies in a single sitting. The next time you go on the scale after doing the same thing, you discover that you’ve gained fifteen pounds. It can’t have been pleasant, can it? Why? Because you’ll never feel truly full after drinking soda, which will only reinforce your unhealthy habits. However, we are capable of kicking this bad behavior.
It’s time for a fix
The only way to break the habit of drinking soda is to completely stop doing so. It does nothing to improve our health or well-being. Just a bunch of calories and chemicals with no real nutritional value. Soda is just like that. Cutting this habit requires two things of the mind: 1) opting for water over sugary drinks; and 2) seeking out new tastes. What’s the source of its flavor? Beverages such as Vitamin Water and Sparkling Ice are good options. Water is our go-to beverage of choice whenever we’re thirsty. Much of our health depends on getting enough water, as our bodies are largely made up of water. Doesn’t it have any flavor? Yes. Is it possible that this could become monotonous? Yes. The truth is, though, It’s just as full as regular food and has no calories. With a 10 ounce steak and a heaping baked potato, no one gained weight.
When it comes to taste, there are a number of low- or zero-calorie alternatives to soda that are far superior. Sparkling Ice is the beverage of choice for me. There are five calories in each bottle. Period. With so many tastes to pick from, it might be difficult to decide. Another alternative is Vitamin Water. Despite the fact that some bottles clock in at 180 to 200 calories, their components are far more nutritious. Vitamin C content in the Power-C taste is roughly 150% of the daily recommended value. A calorie-dense beverage that is packed with nutrients is more appealing and healthier than soda.
Breaking the habit of consuming soda stems primarily from the realization that the calories they contain have no nutritional value. Soda should be one of the least appealing beverage options due to the bloating and false sense of satisfaction it causes. People, however, continue to drink soda for a variety of reasons, including the ease of accessibility, the taste, and even peer pressure. Our lives will improve significantly if we stop drinking soda and instead choose for water or a healthier alternative. When it comes to weight gain or bloating, we can always trace it back to what we ate rather than what we drank. Simply by acknowledging that a glass of cold, crisp water is more refreshing than that chemical-laden juice Mountain Dew or Coca-Cola, we can kick our soda habit for good.