The quality of our life depends on a balanced and attentive lifestyle. It is not only common sense that suggests it, but also scientific research. One aspect that we must never underestimate is that we can actively intervene on our body to improve it. And the sensational aspect is that it is never too late.
Obviously, if you start taking care of your body and your spirit from a young age you will be much more likely to age well , to live a healthy life even in old age; but your body is an exceptional machine, which can adapt to new changes even later in the years.
Often, however, you reach a level of awareness, of knowledge of this information too late or in any case when life demands a lot from your commitments and it seems to you that it is not useful enough to start going to the gym, stop smoking or drinking, go for long walking, enjoying the outdoors, meeting new people, reading and stimulating the mind. Habits, as the saying goes, are hard to die, especially if they are bad.
From the physiological point of view we are what we eat . Our diet is able to modify the structure of our body: we can increase the lean or fat mass almost at will, you just need to want it. Our body (and therefore our health) is directly influenced by physical movement (especially if repeated over time and increased progressively) and by stress levels.
Just do blood tests to understand how true this is: values change over time. What I want to tell you is that in fact you can make informed choices to get better and prevent the worst diseases, those that in all statistical studies are at the top for the causes of mortality or disability.
But why do we get sick?
The diseases related to a wrong lifestyle are – alas – among the most disabling and dangerous ones . Diet and lack of exercise are the most important factors in addition to the environmental circumstances, that is the place where you live or work.
In ancient times, when man used his feet, horse or oxen as a means of locomotion, he was used to making more movement, making more efforts. This lifestyle, however primitive and outdated it may seem to us today, has gone on for almost the entire period of our existence on the planet.
By living in a non-consumer society, man produced enough to feed himself and his family, did not abuse potentially dangerous food, nor did he consume packaged or junk food. Ultimately: our body is not fully equipped to lead a sedentary life, centered on an unregulated diet and a continuous calorie surplus.
Leaving aside genetic factors , you can positively influence your health. If you think it is too late, that it is too demanding, that you do not have enough time or tenacity to change, you are underestimating your body and its ability to create new habits , adapt and decisively influence your character by changing your personality .
Evolution can help you. We are programmed to take shortcuts and we can use them to create new habits based on automatisms. Your brain is able to rewrite itself, to replace the bad habit of smoking with that of a walk, for example. The same involuntary automatism that drives you to smoke or eat too many sweets, can be used to trigger healthier habits.
Once you make your positive habits your own, they will govern your character by shaping your personality. Always remember, you are not lazy because you don’t want to move, but the opposite: you become lazy because you don’t move. If you start doing physical activity, you become an active person, who simply moves on the basis of a habit.
What are the most harmful foods for your health
Nutrition is an important aspect of lifestyle. Needless to say how important it is to feed ourselves: we do it to grow, reach the reproductive age and live a life full of energy. Reduced to a minimum, food is an energy supply, which we must forfeit to keep the metabolism going.
Unfortunately, as anticipated before, the wealth conquered by man , his preponderance towards other species, abundance (at least in consumerist countries) has a downside: there is plenty of food, ready, out of season food, easy to consume, tasty and tasty, close at hand.
All studies show that this food lifestyle has serious consequences if you are not careful about what you eat, if we lead a sedentary life. We eat too much, we often go in caloric surplus, we exaggerate with sugars and saturated fats, we consume salty snacks and industrial foods packed in abundance, citing the lack of time, the economic convenience and the ease of use as excuses.
Foods to limit or even eliminate:
Refined sugars : I have already explained in the article on the dangers of sugar , what are the harmful consequences of unregulated consumption. Sugar is insidious because it is both tasty and hidden. It is used far and wide in packaging, often to add flavor to a food that would otherwise become almost inedible. Starting to eliminate it from coffee or latte would help. You can start reducing the amount to work on addiction .
Carbonated drinks : they could be drunk if they do not contain sugar, but natural sweeteners such as stevia. The advice is to eliminate them from the diet and eating habits, allowing yourself some exceptions on hot days. No also to energy drinks , better water.
The desserts: the desserts are tied to the Italian tradition, but almost always their preparation is originally linked to religious holidays. That is to very specific and limited events in the calendar. This is because before sugar was much more expensive and therefore represented an exception, it could only be used on special occasions.
Consuming them regularly, in any form, is unhealthy. The consumption of sugar makes the glycemic peak jump, does not satiate and makes you fat both because of the calories and for the excessive production of insulin. Desserts stimulate the production of serotonin , so that when you stop consuming them regularly the mood goes down because those levels of serotonin are no longer enough to be in a good mood.
Bad fats : often present in street food so fashionable in recent years, and generally in packaged foods of animal origin. Instead, you should choose good fats, while limiting yourself in consumption. Use extra virgin olive oil, consume dairy products moderately and eat sausages occasionally.
Salt : too salty foods cause hypertension, are bad for the heart and brain. Give priority to low-sodium foods, drink plenty of water, eat fresh foods (salt is concentrated in packaged foods), do not overdo it in seasonings.
Refined cereals: to be limited because they are similar to sugar and facilitate the onset of inflammation. Carbohydrates are a fundamental building block of our diet, but better if eaten whole: they give the same energy intake and are healthier. To keep in mind if you have a sedentary lifestyle.
The most harmful habits:
Always be seated: we live in an era where most of the work takes place sitting at a desk, perhaps in front of a monitor. Today services are predominant and manual labor is dying out. This type of work is not expensive from the caloric point of view and therefore affects our weight, in addition it is also harmful. The constant sitting facilitates the onset of joint and muscle problems and promotes water retention.
Do not carry out any physical exercise : too many commitments or excessive laziness or even bad eating habits can induce tiredness, weakening the spirit and the desire to move. But doing physical activity helps burn fat, get back in shape, oxygenates the brain, improves respiratory and cardiovascular abilities, even puts you in a good mood. You can practice many sports and it’s up to you to find out which one will suit you.
But you can start with a brisk walk. Remember that if your goal is to improve athletic performance or lose weight, you must progressively increase in physical work and naturally go into a calorie deficit.
Watching too much TV or playing video games often : it seems that we have the talent to invent forms of entertainment that will harm us sooner or later. Watching too much TV, indigestion of TV series in itself is not harmful, it can be a pleasant way to spend time.
But being a passive behavior, it induces laziness, momentariness , with all the annexes and the connected ones. The same goes for video games: children should possibly play outdoors, detach themselves from tablets and consoles, run and have fun. Otherwise there is a risk that these unhealthy adult habits will be brought.
Smoking and consuming too much alcohol: there is no need to explain why. In alcohol it is necessary to limit oneself, especially if consumption depends on a vicious circle of bad refutations and a form of escapism, of refuge, with which you try to postpone or forget the tasks of life.
If you have particular problems, look for comfort in friendships, in people who love you or in psychological support. Bad mood or depression can lead to eating disorders. Smoking must be completely banned: it shortens life, there is little to add.
Lifestyle and our character depend on habits
To plan change and prevent diseases, you must adopt a correct, functional, balanced lifestyle that is in line with your aspirations for personal and professional growth . You will never reach your goals unless you put your life in order. Talent is not enough, as mere willpower or becoming aware of a problem is not enough.
You must act because by acting you replace bad habits with good ones, you eliminate vices and addictions that endanger your health.
The nice thing is that you can start discovering the weapons you own today and that you can use to feel better, live longer, achieve your goals and satisfy your desire to live a life full of satisfactions with the people you love and who you love. I love you.