Most people are aware of the fact that as human beings we all need exercise for good health and to be physically fit. But many people think of exercise as more of a stress-inducing chore than something they do for fun and enjoyment. This is not the right mind-set to help you get, or stay fit.
Exercise should be considered part of your “entertainment” time and not something that adds to your stress. So, choosing what you do for exercise is as important as the exercise itself – and the best way to make sure it becomes a regular part of your daily routine.
The easiest way to do this is by first choosing something you enjoy doing whether it be bike-riding, swimming, walking, jogging or simply doing aerobics in some form or another. Some people are more inclined toward high intensity interval training (HIIT) such as pedaling a stationary bike as fast as you can for short periods of time or doing sprints instead of a light jog. But for others, who are not physically able to do HIIT, there are countless other ways to stay fit, including simple floor exercises done on a daily or every-other-day basis, depending on one’s physical condition.
A big part of establishing a regular routine is choosing something that you really like to do, that way when it’s workout time you don’t look at it as drudgery. Instead, you really look forward to it.
Even practicing yoga on a regular basis (and there are countless different varieties of yoga) can be a very beneficial form of exercise in addition to helping one “center” themselves.
It almost goes without saying, but along with a regular routine of challenging but enjoyable physical activity, eating a healthy diet - in moderation is the other key to having a healthy life. We cannot do anything about our genetics but we can control what we put into and do with our bodies. It’s not just about living longer – it’s about living better.
It is imperative that we chose an exercise or workout that we can do on a regular basis. But it’s just as important to carefully plan what we eat. In addition to eating fresh, non-processed, healthy foods, in today’s world it is important to also use dietary supplements such as black seed oil. Over the centuries black seed oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains, anti-oxidants - which improve one’s immune system. It has even been said to help with suppressing one’s appetite.
So, if you are exercising regularly, it is also important to eat well - but don’t eat too much. Try to keep your daily food intake to between 1800-2000 calories, which is sufficient to nourish the body but not add needless weight. And if possible, supplement your diet with black seed oil, not only for better health but to feel better as well. In the future I will be doing another blog post on the topic of intermittent fasting and the benefits of a lower calorie diet. But for now, as a physician I want you to exercise, eat healthy, and most importantly – have fun doing it!
Live a joyful life by leading yourself to a healthier life!
Tip of Day: One teaspoon of black seed oil followed by drinking a 2 ounce cup of hot black coffee with a teaspoon of raw honey should give you a great kick-start to your work out!
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