Monday, October 23, 2023

3 Steps To A Fit And Healthy Life

By Tim Gamble

Here are three steps to a fit and healthy life, regardless of your current age or health. The key is to practice these three steps on a consistent, daily, basis. Doing them once or twice, then returning to your old ways will accomplish nothing. Doing these steps consistently over time will provide benefits for you. 

1) Move Daily - Be physically active every day. 
A) Aerobic activities for heart and lungs. Examples: walking, running, hiking, tennis, moderate yard work or gardening. Anything that causes you to breathe more deeply and rapidly, as well as to break out in a light sweat for a period of time. Try to gradually increase the length of your aerobic exercises, building up to at least 45 minutes a day. 
B) Anaerobic activities for building and maintaining muscle mass. Examples: weight lifting, running sprints (short distances as fast as possible), chopping wood. Anything that forces your muscles to work at near-capacity. 

2) Eat Healthy, and Not Too Much.
A) Reduce sugar, grains, and processed carbs as much as possible. 
B) Eat fish, poultry, meat, eggs, avocadoes, nuts, cheese, broccoli, cauliflower, various leafy-greens, cabbage... Eat fruits and berries in moderation (high sugar content).
C) Avoid seed oils. Avoid processed meats. 

3) Sunlight! - Go outside.
Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, which is absolutely critical for good health and a powerful immune system. Contrary to popular opinion, sunlight does not cause skin cancer. Instead, getting repeatedly and severely sunburned may contribute to skin cancer (along with other factors). So, avoid getting badly sunburned, but don't avoid getting some sun on a daily basis. 


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