For years, you have been something of the dilettante when it comes to your health. You diet and then fall off the wagon, gaining back what you lost and then some. You exercise steadily for six months, and one day say to heck with this and park yourself on the couch.
You just turned 50. Two months ago, your best friend, who is the same age, died of a heart attack. The doctor told you your cholesterol was way too high as is your weight.
Are you going to be next? Sometimes it takes something drastic, such as the death of a friend, to get a person’s attention. If you want to be around to see your grandchildren, you have to change your ways.
Granted, it is difficult. No one says it isn’t. However, the payoff is definitely worth the hard work and sacrifices you must make (no more potato chips.) Get smart about food. Know what you can and can’t eat to maintain a good weight and a healthy heart and lifestyle. Learning about food can be fun and interesting.
In fact, once you plunge in and start researching you may become something of a food connoisseur and a great cook. Word will get around, and everyone on your block is knocking at your door because rumor has it that your food is not only scrumptious but healthy. Of course, they’ve also seen the new, trimmer and improved you and that speaks volumes about what you are eating.
Improving your health means changing your lifestyle, but you already know that. That’s the hard part. You are accustomed to eating on the run, fast and easy foods that taste good but have no nutritional value and, which have clogged your arteries and added 30 pounds to your frame.
Stop eating in this fashion. Start going to the grocery store, regularly, and buy healthy foods. Read the labels and ingredients. Find out what you are putting into your system. You may be appalled when you realize what you have been stuffing in your mouth. Take the time to prepare food and sit down and eat it. Doing so with your family is even better because the family that dines together is a stronger, healthier unit. Pack your lunch and take it to work instead of making the daily trek to McD’s.
Your ace in the hole is a healthy immune system. The way to achieve that is through proper diet and exercise. When eating right and exercising regularly the body is better able to resist infections and even certain types of cancer, because the immune system is working properly and safeguarding health.
If you work religiously yet you still get sick, no fear. You won’t be as sick nearly as long as the person who isn’t physically fit. The individual who keeps moving is far less likely to experience colds than the couch potato.
You don’t have to climb mountains or run marathons. Walking works wonders when it comes to the immune system and your health. You also tone muscles and lose weight in the process.
What does exercise do to the immune system?
When an individual exercises this prompts the immune system to work even more effectively because protective cells circulate through the body at a brisker rate.
These cells assault and eradicate viruses, bacteria and fungi. Humans possess natural killer cells, including immunoglobins, macrophages, white blood cells and various other antibodies. These are formed in the spleen, lungs and bone marrow. Their function is to crack down on alien invaders that appear in the body. These infection fighters work far better when a person regularly exercises.
Where do I start?
If you are not sure where to start, investigate online those sites that deal with exercise regimens, nutrition, whole and natural foods and dieting. Gather information from reliable resources. Read reviews when possible. Check out the various health apps appearing on the scene. You can monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen and blood sugar right in your home.
You can track your weight and what you eat. Figure out what your body mass index is and what it should be using these health apps, which make it simple to determine what foods you should and shouldn’t eat and what the best and most effective exercises are for your age.
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