Life Goals: Loving and Taking Care of Yourself
Everyday of our lives, we are working so hard for our families, to be successful in our career, to achieve our dreams and to be able to influence others with our skills, talents, and intelligence. We are so busy with many things and almost of our hours are spent for work, neglecting our health for not having time to see a doctor, rest, relax, or even eat. With everyday routine, a common family set up include a father waking up early to be ready for work to provide for the family and stay up late at night to finish paperwork, while a mother takes care of their children, prepare meals, does the laundry and house cleaning. In fact, even single young adults don’t have time to exercise, because they are too busy building their career or socializing, and they prefer eating in a restaurant, fast food or in their apartment with easy-to-prepare but not nutritious meals.
Research show that high obesity rates are brought about by poor diet, consumption of pizza, chips, chocolates, soda, burger, ice cream, and other junk food and processed food, and they are usually falsely advertised, but don’t really give any health benefits. It is about time to start loving and taking care of our bodies, eat nutritious food, exercise and engage in overall healthy living, because life is short and our bodies are our only vessel into this world, so we can truly enjoy the fruits of our labor with the people that matter to us the most. It is convenient picking up fresh fruits and vegetables in the supermarket, rather than selecting processed food. Think of the convenience of just grabbing fresh bananas from your countertop instead of doughnuts early in the morning, or putting a nutritious frozen homemade burritos in your microwave, than the unhealthy mac and cheese. Food nutritionists highlight the importance of eating less processed food, because they have higher nutritional value, and they have lower calories, bad cholesterol, and preservatives,and some examples include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, oatmeals and cereals, honey, brown or muscovado sugar than white sugar, and brown rice than white rice, and homemade meals.
It is really hard setting a time for exercise, but you need to do it to burn calories and increase your body endurance and strength, so setting an alarm to your smartphone every day for your thirty minutes per day exercise will really help. Once you start and get used to exercising, it becomes a part of your system, then it becomes your hobby and eventually a part of your daily routine, creating a significant improvement not only physically but also emotionally, socially and spiritually. Use the staircase instead of the elevator, walk instead of driving nearby grocery store, and take some time running, swimming or playing your favorite sport on your free time.