Staying healthy is worth more than gold

Healthy, wealthy and wise

The old saying that there’s nothing more important than our health is still true today, but unfortunately many people don’t realize it until they’re sick.

Most of us only stop and pay attention to our health when our bodies break down and aren’t able to perform the normal everyday tasks we all take for granted.

Obesity is one major health threat and more than one third of adults in America are considered obese, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This puts them at risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer as well as costing an estimated $147 billion in additional health care costs.

If you’re trying to drop the excess pounds it pays to listen to the experts so I’ve scoured the Internet looking for a few good tips so you don’t have to.

Go slow

Healthy living is a lifestyle; it’s a marathon not a sprint. Important lifestyle changes can help keep the pounds off while fad diets or programs rarely achieve lasting results so go slow and make permanent changes that will last over time. Remember it’s not healthy to lose more than two pounds a week.

Have fun when you exercise

Everyone knows that exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle, and health experts recommend at least 150 minutes of cardio every week with at least two days of strength training. Sometimes, however, we’re just not in the mood to workout, which is why it pays to have fun. Visit a gym and hire a personal trainer, grab a workout buddy or join a sports team. It doesn’t matter what type of physical activity you engage in as long as you keep at it and we are all more likely to do something if we enjoy it.

Stay Hydrated

Your body isn’t 60 percent Gatorade, or beer for that matter. It’s important to stay hydrated to stay healthy; and health experts recommend drinking plenty of water. Although there are many different formulas out there telling you how much to drink the old rule of thumb of eight glasses of water a day still rings true. Also drinking two cups of water before every meal will help your body metabolize your food faster resulting in less fat being added to your midsection.

Eat healthy

Again, for the best results don’t waste time with fad diets, but instead make lasting changes that you can stick to over time. One simple way to modify your eating habits is to eat less. Simply eat what you normally eat, but shrink your portions. Also snacking through the day will keep our metabolism high.

If the going gets tough remember this quote by Josh Billings: “Health is like money, we never have a true ideas of its value until we lose it.”


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