Are you worried about the state of your physical health? Perhaps you looked in the mirror recently and realised your stomach is standing out more than it should. This could be posture, but it could also be the beginnings of middle aged spread. A lot of people think that middle age spread is a natural occurrence that can not be prevented. It’s just another curse of getting older, but that’s not quite true. In fact, middle age spread is commonly due to a poor diet and limited exercise. You might think that you’re still looking after yourself. But research shows as people get older they tend to stop exercising. They may not have time due to a heavy work and family schedule. Or, they might just put it off until it’s no longer a concern. Then there’s the diet. In your youth, you might have been eating healthily. But now you’re set in your ways, and you’re easing off on healthy living. You’ve upped the doses of salt in your food, and you’re eating more sugar. Does this sound familiar?
Now, you might be thinking what’s the harm? I’ve put on a little weight and I’m slightly out of shape, but I’m definitely not in any trouble. You’d be surprised how much a poor lifestyle could alter your life expectancy. Or even, how it could affect your current quality of life. If you want to still be active with your children or just for your own personal enjoyment you need to get your health back on track. Here are the steps that we suggest you take.
Step 1: Dieting For Dummies
You’ll find that around this time of year a lot of people start to think about dieting. Are they taking it seriously? Probably not, they’re just cutting out junk food or chocolate for Lent. They have no plans to continue this commitment after forty days. Even if they did, giving up one kind of food isn’t the right way to diet. You need to think about this as a medical treatment. It’s the only way you’re going to fix the situation. That’s why we suggest you start by consulting a dietician.
In particularly we recommend you seek out a compound practitioner. Compounding practitioners mix and match meds and treatments to find the best solution for the patient. This is exactly what you need when attempting to fix your diet. We’re all different. We have different metabolisms, BMIs and allergies. Different foods, substances and treatments will affect our bodies in unique ways. Treatment that might work for one person could be completely ineffective with another. A practitioner will be able to look at your individual needs and find the treatment to match. They will aim to put you on a diet plan that you can follow.
You can also look into taking supplements. Supplements are useful if you think that your body does not get the minerals and nutrients that it needs. We recommend that you only look at taking natural supplements rather than fat burners or muscle builders. Both of these can be incredibly dangerous. They can be filled with chemicals that have not been fully tested. Similar to legal highs these often fall into the grey area of not being illegal nor legal. Even if they are safe, they tend to act as a placebo effect. They have no powerful effect on your body unless you believe they do. Supplements or pure nutrients and vitamins, on the other hand, are worth taking. Just don’t over do it and don’t try to take supplements instead of eating. This will only deteriorate your health.
Step 2: Lessons For The Lazy
You may think that there are lots of things stopping you from exercising. But these are mental roadblocks you’ve set up yourself. You have to decide what’s more important, your health or your hobbies. Even if you don’t think you have time during the day, exercise doesn’t have to take an age. You can complete a quick workout each morning after you wake up. You should start with some basic stretches, preparing your muscles and limbs. You can then think about trying some small exercises. You could complete some squats or star jumps.
Remember, completing an exercise one hundreds of times with the wrong technique will show no effects. You have to make sure that you’re doing it properly. For instance, when you squat your feet should be parallel with your shoulders. Your knees should not cross over your toes. If you struggle to maintain balance doing this, put the back of your feet against a step or box. This should help.
Don’t forget that you don’t have to join a gym or partake in a sport to exercise every day. You can work it into your living routine. For instance, you could start cycling to work. All you need is a bike and you’ll be working out your legs each day, every morning. By doing something similar to push ups on your handlebars while riding you can also work out your arms.
We’re not looking to turn you into a muscle-bound god. Instead, we want you to be healthy, and that doesn’t require a lot of work. You just can’t afford to be lazy. Staying in bed all day at the weekend is a one way trip to a heart attack. Taking a walk each morning will add a few years onto your life. We don’t think this decision is rocket science.
Step 3: Bad Habits Gone Forever
Finally, if you want a healthy lifestyle, there are three habits that need to be eradicated. These are drinking, smoking and binge eating. If you have any one of these habits in your life, it’s time to think of ways to get rid of it. Drinking is perhaps the only exception where a little is good for you. Once the glass of red wine a day keeps cancer at bay, supposedly. Okay, maybe not a day but every so often. The latter two, on the other hand, should be gone for good. Despite what you may have heard, there are no health benefits to smoking. Any smoking! So don’t think that you can cheat and vape because you can’t. Vaping has been proven to be just as bad for you, so you do need to go cold turkey.
Using these three simple steps you can get your health back on track. Then, you can look forward to a longer and better quality of life.