Go to the mall and look around. You are likely to see obese young boys and girls who are eating fast food at the food court. They are inactive, eating unhealthy food, and developing a life style that will lead to such illnesses as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and arthritis. American medicine needs to step up to the plate and get Americans eating a healthier diet and doing more exercise. I hear so many of my patients telling me that they don’t have time for exercise. Here’s a few ideas that even the busiest man or woman can do nearly every day.
Here are some tips for adding more activity to your lifestyle:
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. I don’t know who said it but it is true that you can tell a man or woman’s health by what they do by twos: climb the stairs or take pills!
Walk whenever you can, instead of driving. Even if you drive park several blocks away from your destination and walk a few blocks.
Get off the bus a stop early.
Stand up while talking on the phone. Not only is this better exercise but it puts more energy in your voice.
Lose your TV remote control–get up to change channels.
At work, use lunch hours to take a walk around the building.
Make social occasions more active–instead of dining out to eat, go bowling or dancing!
Bottom Line: Most of the illnesses that we have are related to a poor diet and a lack of exercise. You can stop many of the medications that are prescribed for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes by improving your diet and daily exercise. So eat right and get moving.