Weekday Wisdom, Episode 43
I know it’s a cliche, but do you eat right and exercise? That’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s Weekday Wisdom.
In episode 40 of Weekday Wisdom, I gave you a quiz on how well you manage to balance your life and are nurturing your happiness. And in that video, I promised to explain each of the true and false questions. Today is number three.
The third question was:
I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.
True or false?
This is old hat. Everyone knows you need to eat right and exercise in order to maintain a healthy body. And, yes, there are people who don’t eat right by one person’s standards and still live. I’ve heard George Burns smoked and ate bacon and lived to 90.
Here’s where there’s a little bit of a fallacy when it comes to the idea of eating right and exercising. Eating right is different for everyone. There are some people who can be vegetarians and others who if they try to be a vegetarian become anemic. Our bodies, which are governed by our genetics and our heritage, require different diets. Therefore, you need to find out what is eating right for you. What makes you feel good?
For example, I’ve noticed that since I’ve started focusing on increasing protein and using more animal-based proteins, I feel so much better and I’m starting to lose weight. I wanted to eat more vegetarian, but it just wasn’t giving my body what it needed. So, I need to add in more animal proteins. And not everybody’s like that.
Eating right is what’s eating right for you.
Now obviously, there are basics. For example, you don’t want to eat a lot of chemicals and processed foods. The more natural the food the better.
Do what you can given your current circumstances, and be mindful of what you put into your body.
As far as exercise, I believe they say you should have about 15 to 30 minutes of exercise every day. And a lot of that can be taken care of just going about your life. Doing the laundry. Cleaning the house. Walking upstairs. What’s important is that you don’t become sedentary. And I know that for a fact, because since I got hit by a car, exercise has been really hard for me and I’ve become more and more sedentary because my knees hurt, my hips hurt, my back hurts. I can’t walk for more than five minutes, even with a cane, without back pain.
So what I’ve done is I’ve gotten an exercycle. And I am going on it 15 minutes a day. Every day I can. I don’t always do it every day. And 15 minutes, right now, kicks my butt. After five minutes I’m ready to stop. But I push myself, because I know how important it is.
When you say eat right and exercise it doesn’t mean you have to go all crazy and become a triathlete or jog every morning or do any of that crazy stuff (unless you want to, of course). What it means is at least exercise in moderation. Be mindful of what you put in your body.
Good rules of thumb include making sure you’re having enough protein and fat. Yes, fat’s important. And reduce the amount of sugar. Americans, in general, eat way too much sugar, because sugar is in everything. I’ve been reducing my sugar and I’m looking at labels and, oh my goodness, they put sugar in things that defy explanation. Anyway, those are just basics.
Find out what’s right for your body. Talk to a physician. Go to a nutritionist.
And exercise: At least do some form of activity that gets your heart rate up, and maybe strengthens your muscles, every other day. It doesn’t have to be a lot to make sure that you’re at least baseline healthy. Of course you can do more, but if you can least get started to do the basics, you can have a better life and you’ll be able to accomplish the goals that you want to do in your life and in your business.
Don’t box yourself in.
Spread your wings and fly. Because you — yes you — are capable of more than you know.
Missed the Quiz?
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