We all want to live a long and healthy life, to see your children and grand children grow up and be happy, but how do we get there. Knowing we need to eat better and exercise is easier than implementing these life altering habits.
Many think we do not have the time to prepare all the food needed to achieve better eating. These foods take so long to make and the taste is often bland. When we first dive into a healthier diet, it is sometimes short lived for this reason. We immerse ourselves in the new philosophy and it just as quickly fades away. This often happens when we want to go out with friends or crave a big, juicy hamburger with all the trimmings. So rather than feel we failed, we just give up, thinking this eating style was just not meant for us.
Additionally, exercising is an ongoing “must-do”. A commercial jests about how nice it would be if only one push up would give you the benefit of exercising for the rest of your life, we wish that were the truth. We know exercise brings out a more pleasing exterior, but it also helps with better heart, and lung function as well as benefiting all your internal organs in numerous ways.
Heaven forbid you are a smoker. You face the censure of society, knowing what effects this habit has on your body and the problem withdrawal brings with it. Often, the commercial tools available to aid you in smoking cessation are not effective when a craving hits you without the support of friends and family, many of whom may smoke themselves.
The big question is where do we go to implement these changes so that they become long term habits and give us our end result in achieving that long healthy life we desire. Most local hospitals have outreach programs that aid you in making many of these changes. Classes and information are often available in cooking so you can gradually incorporate better eating into your daily living, while still being able to eat that hamburger or snack cake occasionally. You can also pick up exercise tips and hints and find a support group or a work out buddy. Private gyms abound and they no longer cost you a fortune to join, and most will provide you with a coach to set you on the right path at little or no initial expense. Finally, they are definitely the go-to place to help with smoking cessation. This is one bad habit that can come back to haunt you again and again. You must have the proper motivation and support to quit smoking and keep this dangerous habit away.
Take a look at your local hospital to see the outreach programs that are available to you to get you in your best possible state of health.