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How to keep fit

How to Keep Fit

Ten years ago I used to be very fit. T cycled to work and I got a lot of exercise at the weekends. I used to play tennis a lot and go for long walks. In those days I didn't earn very much. I had a job in an office. It wasn't a very good job but I had a lot of time to do the things I enjoyed doing.

Then, about eight years ago, I got a much better job. The pay was better. But the hours were a lot longer, too. I bought a Far and drove to work every day. I began to take people out to lunch. 'Expense account' lunches. And I began to put on weight, too. I stopped playing tennis and going for long walks at the weekend because I just didn't have any time for things like that any more.

There's a lot of stress in a job like mine. Perhaps that's why I starred drinking more than I used to. For example,I used to have only half a glass of whisky when I got home, then I started filling the glass to the top. Then I had another glass , and then another. I started smoking a lot , too. I never used to smoke at all.

Two months ago I had a heart attack. At first I just couldn't believe it. `I'm too young,' I said. Luckily it wasn't very serious. I was in hospital.a few days and they did a lot of tests. The doctor advised me to stop smoking and to eat less. He told me to do a lot of other things , too. But I don't see how I can do some of them and keep my job. For example, he advised, me to work less, and get more exercise. But I just havern't any time! My job takes everything out of me!

Sometimes I wonder if I should get. anather jab. Perhaps I could do something like I used to do. But if I do that, I won't earn as much. I have a family to support: I have to think of them, too. I just don't know what I should do. What do you think?
Don't know what more advise to give really. Try to work less or take a long vacation, eat healthy foods and less of that mass produced junk that's full of trans fats and whatnot (The internet is a really great place to research what foods are healthy or not), and exercise exercise exercise. Smoking will definitely make you less fit, but drinking can be fine (or even beneficial) if done in moderation. Studies have also shown that different vitamin supplements and omega 3 fatty acids are great for the Cardiovascular system. They have for example shown that taking omega 3 capsules reduces the chance of having heart attacks and strokes. If you haven't already you should look into that.
I would suggest finding something more productive to take up your spare time and relax a little. you can try cooking even. I don't mean anything huge like a 5 course 5 star meal or anything. Simple stuff. Learn the wonders of perfect toast, or grilled cheese sandwiches. Bread is even a fun thing to make. I just learn how 2 days ago. The recipe I went by take about 3 hours total to complete, but 2 of those hours are just letting the dough sit and rise. Something delicious, and will last a few days for everyone to enjoy.

or maybe spend less time drinking and smoking, and more time with your family. family outings always have potential for satisfaction ^_^

The closer you are to your kids and your wife, the happier you are with your entire life.

Perhaps you need to change your lifestyle completely, including your job? Obviously your body has received a warning. Maybe changing your job is key to everything as obviously if you are going to continue doing things as you have done during the last 10 years, you will not be able to change. You will get back in the old routine of making your job first and your health second, as it seems to be easier and more effortless to make the job first. Working on your health takes greater dedication and sacrifice. However, I am sure once you are getting into it, that it will become effortless too, the big part however is to make the sacrifice first. Smile
#1 Exercise, and at the very least, just walk.
You need to move to burn those calories, to keep your body ďoiledĒ and revving, and your metabolism humming just fine. You also donít need to pay up to get moving. Even a brisk walk is considered quite healthy so if you can manage a regular exercise regimen comprised of sustained activity for 30 minutes a day, youíre in good shape.

I personally invested in home gym equipment like the kind you find in Bodylastics, Pro-Form and Smooth Fitness. But you should weigh the costs of doing so with how much value you get out of any exercise equipment you decide to buy. Donít waste your money on things you donít use!

#2 Sleep earlier.
Those times when I stayed up late or even all night to try to cram even more stuff into an already hectic day are now over. The body just wonít let me do those things anymore! And hereís the reason for improving your sleeping habits: your body heals and repairs itself and does its regulatory job while youíre snoozing. So give it the rest it deserves to keep you chugging along well the next day. A lifetime of bad sleeping habits will no doubt take a toll on you and this is one easy way to avoid getting sick.

#3 Consider vitamin supplementation.
If youíre not a good eater, youíll be on your way to depleting your body of required vitamins and minerals. Supplements ó especially the important ones ó are a necessity to help replenish your bodyís stores. Certain vitamins and minerals are important to prevent certain diseases from occurring and if youíre not getting them from your diet, consider taking a boost from other nutritional sources. Check out your local health food store or reputable health food sites like Swanson Health Products or The Vitamin Shoppe for the items you need.

Iíve gotten into debates about this with colleagues who believe that you should get all you need from the food you eat, and that would be true if you eat a healthy diet. Unfortunately, too many people I know donít follow healthy diets, and probably have nutritional deficiencies. Supplements are there to hopefully help such people get back on track by addressing those gaps. The key here is moderation and appropriate treatment.

#4 Think twice about joining weight loss programs.
They could be a waste of time AND money. How do I know? Well because there are cheaper alternatives and I also just read it here. Not to say that such programs couldnít work for some people, especially if theyíve already tried everything. For those who truly need the extra help, sites like Medifast and eDiets may be helpful.

#5 Eat more vegetables, cut down on red meat, caffeine, sugar and salt.
Yeah, yeah, yeahÖ.boring. Youíve heard this advice before Iím sure ó maybe too often. And these are some of the hardest things to do, if I say so myself. But I am practicing what Iím preaching here. How many times have I heard that we should consume several servings of vegetables a day consistently? Yech. And reduce the amount of red meat we eat? Dang. What about my favorite foods: coffee, sweets, junk/processed food and french fries? Well, I am now reaching middle age and Iím beginning to see people in my life falling into the clutches of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Things are getting too close to home, so Iím changing my diet before I really pay for the junk I consume. Itís hard but Iím making it a gradual process and so far, Iím making some strides. Donít forget too that by cutting out the junk, youíre saving money.

#6 Never skip breakfast.
I used to be one of those breakfast skippers who would pile it on heavily in the evening. This is because I wasnít hungry in the morning but terribly so at night. I thought it was just the way some of us were, that it was a natural cycle for some people. But in reality, these are bad habits that your body has become accustomed to doing and that needs to be broken. I look upon one of my co-workers as an example: he doesnít have breakfast but eats non-stop when he gets home from work all the way till bedtime. Letís just say this whacks out a bodyís rhythm and does a number on glucose levels. Needless to say, the guy isnít exactly in tip top shape nor healthy looking. But, I was surprised to learn how actually easy it is to retrain yourself into breaking those bad eating habits and found that my eating cycles are now better regulated resulting in less food consumed each day and overall improved health.

#7 Never eat an incomplete meal.
Iíve actually made an investment in my health by seeing a nutritionist on occasion to correct my lifelong wrongs when it came to food and diet. Among the simplest, yet most valuable information I picked up (which Iím sure you can learn from other sources) is this: never eat an incomplete meal. What does this mean? This means that each meal we take should always contain all three basic food groups: carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein, because your body needs all three food elements to absorb properly and most efficiently in your body.

#8 Donít let yourself go hungry.
Itís weird but I also learned that if you can be proactive and anticipate when youíll be hungry, and actually eat something before you do, youíll eat less, and better. If you eat right after you find yourself starving, youíll end up devouring more than you need to. By the same token, if you eat slowly and chew your food well, youíll be able to control your food consumption better.

#9 Donít stress out.
Those health experts keep saying it: toxins are all over our environment invading our systems, but some of these things are just not within our control. Iíll guarantee youíll be breathing second hand smoke, car fumes and smog every time you go out of the house and enter a city. What about chemical agents in our hair spray, pesticide in our food or toxic materials hiding in old buildings where you work? You canít escape these things. Well, one thing you can control is how stressed you are. Stress impacts your body in the same way terrible toxins do, so do your best to avoid it.

#10 Wash your hands often.
Avoid getting sick by washing your hands often. Unless you donít mind catching a bout of the cold or flu once in a while, or being a little dirty, which is actually good for you. Iíve had interesting conversations with a co-worker who advocates germs and infections as the way to better health in the long run. Thatís because your body builds up its defenses and immune system by falling ill. But as a parent of a school-aged child I still donít like catching annoying colds, plus getting sick often doesnít seem to have improved my health.

#11 Toss the vices.
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Itís something you just cannot ďnagĒ someone to do, since many a time, theyíd rather take the chance and possibly face the consequences of their long term habits at a later time. After all, the reasoning goes, you can just as easily get run over by a bus than pick up health problems from some random vice. Still, you know the drill. And one other sticking point is how much you could actually save by giving up these extras.

#12 Visit your doctor for annual tests.
Those annual tests are covered by your health insurance or can be performed through free or low cost programs. Routine tests can catch problems early on before they develop into real trouble later. Donít let it grow into a big issue that costs a lot to deal with.
Take up the drums... Once you know the basics its a full body work out... and its fun hitting things Laughing
Your thinking of your family... that's good. But are you looking into the future? Is the way you are living now going to shorten your lifespan so your family will be without spouse/parent sooner than you/they'd like? Or will you choose to reduce the workload, live a healthier life and enjoy your family longer? Also the added benefit to your family when you have time for family activities.
very good, thank u for the advice!
It's important for everyone that keep fit,as it's the basic of not only life but aslo work. you can work better, study better, when you possess of health body. then, how to hold health?
in my opinion, there are three aspect basiclly.
for one thing, you should keep a physical exercise. get up early ,to go out for a jog in fresh air every day, it's a good beginning in all day! it will give you full of spirit all day. of course,it's not aslo have to do some exercises in your spare time , for example, swim,tennis ball,dance ,and the a word, sports is an indispensable part in our life! you should continually exercise to keep fit!
Following, food is also take an important part in health. you should choose nutritious foods as your three meal in one day! for example,fish ,vegetables ,lean meat that contain less fat .and give up some like fry ,hight-fat foods, as they will bring illness to you if you eat them long-term. reasonable diet will give you myriad benefit!
Finally, different habits will influence your health in order to have a real health,except for above two point, you have to pay attention to you habits. now ,cheking yourself,if smoke ,drink,sit up,is around you always. pls, don't hesitat again to drive out them since they are the evil for your healthy body!
My dear friends ,if you have do as what above say,i think you have get hold of health,if you are prepare to do so ,the health is not far from you !
I wish you a healthy body and a happy life!
Jogging everyday is good for me. Razz
Get back on that bike... for two and a half years I rode my bicycle to and from work about 15 minutes each way... I was much healthier, leaner and (a little) more muscular. Still eating whatever I want , smoking and drinking beer. Then three months ago I got a transfer and had to drive my car to work... after a month I started getting my gut back, feeling more tired and some old aches and pains returned. Now I make a point of riding the bicycle everyday for about twenty minutes - even to get my munchies beer and cigarettes and I'm starting to get back to that better shape (and mood). That's what worked for me. Good luck.
This is very true. To be fit one's lifestyle has to be active. We have to be energetic all day. The idea of scheduling some exercise as a regimen is probably better than nothing, but preferably it has to be a way of life to be active and on the move all the time every day.
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