Importance of Exercise (Part 2)
Avoid yo-yo dieting: Once you’ve lost weight thanks to your improved lifestyle, then work hard to maintain your weight instead of cycling up and down the scale.
Stay away from fad diets: Avoid liquid diets, diet pills and other diet supplements unless you are under the supervision of a physician. In general, if a diet plan or product does any of the following, it’s probably a fad:
Promises extremely quick weight loss (more than 1-2 pounds per week)
Promises to help you lose weight without changing your habits
Requires you to spend a lot of money
Restricts your food choices and doesn’t encourage balanced nutrition
Exercise in moderation. Working out too long, too often or with too much intensity can increase your risk for injury. Make sure to build in some rest periods between your workouts.
Know what you weigh. Often people who are perceived to be overweight are regarded as unhealthy but bare in mind that being underweight is also an unhealthy state of being. If you fall in either of these categories, consult your doctor to determine your ideal weight for your age and body type.
Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake: It is not secret that smoking is associated with an array of health risks; which includes many cancers, heart and liver disease. Excessive alcohol consumption has also been linked to similar health risks along with alcohol poisoning and depression.
Don’t skimp on sleep. Compromising on sleep seems to be the easiest way to get more work done but studies have shown that people who are sleep deprived tend to weigh more. The recommended amount of sleep for adults is between 7-9 hours per night. Children and teens need even more sleep. Young children may need between 10-14 hours of sleep, school-age children between 9-11, and teenagers between 8-10.
Always drink plenty of water.
Frequent and routine exercise everyday will boost your immune system. Also, exercise helps to prevent “diseases of affluence” such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Remember that your physical health can also affect your mental wellness. Physical activity also improves your mental outlook and may prevent anxiety and depression.
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