Let’s face it, there is no denying that life today has become busier and more hectic for most if not all of us! Many of us are juggling a multitude of responsibilities as we wear many hats. Our bodies are a lot like machines, if we don’t keep up with the maintenance, our bodies eventually can and will break down. In order to stay healthy, look/feel good and keep up with our stressful and demanding schedules, our bodies require proper nutrition and exercise.
According to The Center For Science In The Public Interest, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are leading causes of death in the U.S. today. Unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to nutrition and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. In the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents.
Shocking statistics like these clearly spell out why it is so important for everyone to make it a priority to find ways to incorporate good nutrition and exercise into our overly scheduled lives if we intend to continue doing everything we are doing at an optimal level, and even more importantly, if we are working on improving our health after an illness or years of poor choices. Proper nutrition is necessary in order for our bodies to perform well both physically and mentally. Good nutrition provides us with the fuel we need to be active, and it gives us the energy and endurance we need to exercise. Proper nutrition also boosts our brain function and improves memory. Regular exercise will burn off excess calories, improve muscle strength, improve endurance and will also help joints to remain more flexible as we age. Exercise strengthens our heart and lungs, reduces blood pressure, strengthens bones, reduces body fat and increases our energy level. Exercise has also proven to have remarkable psychological benefits as well! Physical activity is known to releases chemicals in the brain called Endorphins. Endorphins are known for increasing ones feelings of well-being by helping to reduce stress, feelings of anxiety and feelings of depression. Endorphins also play a role in improving sleep, and helping to boost self-esteem.