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6 Essential Steps to Become a Personal Trainer

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Thanks to social media, the fitness and health industries are booming. Though many people simply want to look like a model, others want to teach people how to live a healthy and fit life. Welcome to the world of personal training. But to become a personal trainer, you need more than just a fit body and a couple of hours at the gym.

Is it the right career path for you?

Before you invest your time and money in becoming a personal trainer, you need to sit down and think about if it’s the right career path for you. Just because you enjoy working out, doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy training other people. Spend a week following the life of a trainer you know, seeing if it’s something you could see yourself doing. There’s more to personal training than just lifting weights.

Research the certification you need

There’s more than just one fitness certification you can get as a personal trainer. Depending on the country you live in, the certification will vary. However, as long as you have your high school diploma, there are a variety of CSCS study guide and practice tests to select from. Before choosing a certification, go to a gym you’d like to work for and see the certifications they accept.

Specialize

What type of training do you want to specialize in? Are you thinking about becoming a certified group fitness trainer or a personal trainer? There’s no wrong choice; it’s simply based on personal preference. You can do both and keep your options open. Furthermore, think about other specialties such as becoming a specific sports trainer, medical exercise specialist, or obtaining a nutrition certification. 

Get studying

This isn’t going to be a walk through the park. There’s an enormous amount of information you need to know before becoming a personal trainer. The material you need to cover isn’t going to be something you can study the night before your exam. Create a structured study plan and give yourself enough time to cover the material thoroughly. Last-minute studying may have worked in high school, but there’s too much information fitness training exams.

Practice what you learned

If you want to be a great trainer, you need to be more than just book smart. Yes, knowing the information you studied will help you immensely, but practicing it will give you a better understanding of what you studied. Train a friend or family member; learn how to talk to clients and form workout plans.

Market yourself

There are thousands of personal trainers working in the field, what makes you different from the rest of them? As a trainer, you need to market yourself and stand out among the rest. Create social media accounts, gain referrals, and network. Figure out the best way for you to train clients. Maybe you don’t need to work at a gym; maybe working online would be better.

No one said becoming a personal trainer would be a piece of cake. But if you follow these steps, you’ll be able to gain clients and recognition in your field. Once you get your name out there, it’s only a matter of time before you are seen.

Recent Discoveries in Managing Chronic Pain Are Changing the Game

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Chronic pain is a health struggle that 1.5 billion people suffer from all over the world. Chronic pain occurs in all different areas of the body, under all different circumstances, and it is always an incredibly frustrating ailment to deal with (to say the least). Chronic pain refers to any pain in an individual that lasts weeks to years, with the most common causes being dysfunctional nerves or inflammation, as well as disease and general dysfunction. While chronic pain can be managed, it cannot be cured. This may some as a shock to some people, and so there is an ongoing influx of discoveries and explorations into the most effective ways to manage chronic pain.

Keeping the body moving

One of the best things you can do for your body if you are dealing with chronic pain is to keep your body moving as much and as often as possible. As research and studies have continuously indicated in recent years that the key to offsetting chronic pain lies in physical movement, doctors have increasingly come to view staying physically active as a crucial step in managing the aches and pains of chronic pain. Individuals who do not move often get tight muscles, joint pain, muscle strain, and spasms, which can lead to further damage than was there in the beginning. So, keep the body moving – even if at first it proves to be challenging.

Understanding the links between body and mind

While chronic pain is very much a matter of physicality, it is also intrinsically tied up in one’s mentality. We have all been in the position of dealing with a physical ache or pain and seemingly not being able to shift our focus from that ache or pain. This is not only frustrating to deal with, but it also makes that pain more potent. Just like anything, the more one focuses on the pain, the more difficult it is to shift the mind from the pain, making it more challenging (to say the very least) to cope with. So, first understand that the link between your body and your mind does matter, and then undergo exercises to keep your mind off the pain, and thus mentally neutral to it – this will help to offset the chronic pain at its core.

Using CBD oil to quell the pain

While controversial, many studies and much research has been carried out recently that points to CBD oil being a genuine chronic pain management treatment. The oil acts as a natural balance to alleviate the body from aches, pains, and discomfort. More and more lately, there are case studies coming out of the works that all point to the same truth: CBD is not only a viable pain management treatment, but is consistently found to be one of the most effective pain management treatments there are out there today. If you, or someone you love is suffering from chronic pain, you can get your hands on some CBD oil here.

CBD comes in tablets as well as oil. These supplements are often used in pain management but also carries an array of positive benefits for those who do not suffer from mental health issues or chronic pain. Regular use of CBD oil has been shown to reduce acne problems, the risk of cancer and protect cardiac health. Another surprising find it that CBD supplements might be able to ward off neurological problems. Perhaps this is why CBD is on the rise as the next superfood.

Sleeping Patterns and Their Links to Mental Health

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We often do not think much about how our sleeping patterns impact our health outside of how a good night’s sleep makes us feel after the fact. So often, we are focused on the other aspects of whole health that we unfortunately forget about our mental health in the process. Mental health is just as important a facet of overall health as physical health or emotional health, and the realization is becoming more and more drastic that we should be focusing just as much – if not more – on our mental health. It just so happens that one of the many ways we can do that, is through ensuring that we promote and effectively carry out sound sleeping patterns.

Sometimes, it is a work in progress to create strong sleeping patterns, and sometimes that has to be okay. The important thing is that one perseveres onwards despite the challenges in their pursuit of sound sleep and sound mental health. Maybe its the right time of the year to buy a mattress or going to a sleep specialist to help right the ship, the point remains the same: the quality of our sleep directly impacts the quality of our mental health (and our overall health, for that matter). But how?

Sleep helps improve brain function

Sleep is about so much more than just simply getting shut eye. Sleep is about giving one’s body the chance it needs at the end of the day to replenish the energy stores and gear up for the coming day ahead. During the time that one sleeps, their brain does anything but rest. In fact, during the hours we are asleep, our brains spend that precious time clearing out all the junk that has built up during the day, and giving the brain back its zest. When we do not get enough sleep, our brains struggle to keep up, and this slip in mentality can ultimately lead to a slip up in our mental stability.

Sleep helps mood stabilization

When a person gets the right amount of sleep, they wake up feeling refreshed and rested, ready for the day ahead. A rested person is typically an individual who is happy. On the other end of the spectrum is an individual who has poor quality of sleep and struggles to make it through the day without their mood getting the best of them. When we are moody, we are unhappier, and over time something as seemingly insignificant as sleeping patterns can and do create shift in mindset that can prove to be devastating.

Sleep helps guide energy levels

It is no secret that when we are lacking energy, we do not operate at our best. This is true always, but it is especially so when it comes to mental strain. Having lower stores of energy inevitably means that an individual has less energy for the people and activities that they once had all the time in the world for. With less energy to give, individuals who suffer from a lack of sleep also come to suffer from isolation at the hands of their own drawbacks – something that can be incredibly dangerous, and even fatal.

Bullying is a Serious Public Health Problem

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Bullying has been in existence since time immemorial. It has been perceived as a rite of passage, and some parents can claim to have been subjected to the same but still unaffected. However, it has morphed into newer forms such as cyberbullying. Many acts of bullying ended tragically, and therefore, bullying is a serious public health problem that warrants the use of appropriate measures to combat it.

Some Facts About Bullying

  • Cyberbullying is rampant too, plus the use of apps results in the anonymity of those involved. Also, access to technology is higher, so, perpetrating cyberbullying is easier.
  • Some subgroups within a school are more vulnerable to bullying; for example, the disabled, obese, and those in different or minority ethnic group.
  • Bullying is a medical syndrome since the perpetrators as well as their targets usually suffer from headaches, sleep deprivation and stomachaches. They can also get depression and anxiety. These symptoms appear in clusters (occur simultaneously) instead of one at a time.
  • This bullying is a serious public health problem that parents, teachers and other stakeholders are fighting against after several negative consequences such as suicides.
  • Bullying reporting is not common since many children are wary of consequences, so it is hard to get an accurate number of incidents.
  • Different scenarios of violence against peers have been witnessed in the past. Read bullying essays examples to know more.

More Facts from Research

Research from National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shows that it is important to raise children who aren’t bullies. Frederick Rivara from the committee said, “While there is not a quick fix or one-size-fits-all solution, the evidence clearly supports preventive and interventional policy and practice”. It also found that zero tolerance policies are ineffective since it leads to underreporting of these incidents; it doesn’t provide the perpetrators with replacement behaviours of skilled training. The number of children affected by bullying is hard to quantify, but this report estimates it at between 18 and 31 percent of them; but it is higher for the disabled, obese and the LGBT. However, cyberbullying affects a lower percentage of children (about 7 to 15 percent).

Dr. Young-Shin Kim led a Yale study which showed that bullied children contemplated suicide more than those who didn’t experience such harassment. A different study showed that the targeted students had a high chance of carrying weapons because of increased risk factors.

Effects of Bullying

Bullying is a serious public health problem with many effects such as the following:

  • It affects children physically, mentally, socially and academically. Perpetrators are also likely to be negatively affected by being depressed, engaging in risky activities and contemplating or attempting suicide.
  • Bullying can extend into adulthood as some will be abusive to their family members or involved in criminal activities as adults. The victim can be lonely, vulnerable and prone to emotional health problems.
  • Victims have their future at risk because of poor academic performance together with ailments that will be evident even in adulthood.
  • It also affects the stress response system of those involved. This impairs self-regulation of emotions and cognitive functions.

How to Curb Bullying

Various stakeholders have joined the fight against bullying by suggesting or implementing solutions such as:

  • Creating Rules

Various rules can be used to combat bullying. Schools can establish them to prevent the harassment, involve families and create a safe learning environment. In the United States, every state has anti-bullying legislation, but they differ from state to state.

  • Identifying Incidents

Schools can play a great role in identifying these incidents. Sometimes, victims are identified when it is too late; when some have ended their lives, performing poorly and other impacts. Families and community members can play a role too. Training that gears towards the same definitions can help all stakeholders to identify bullying incidents.

  • Reporting

Reporting an act of bullying to relevant authorities like a school is imperative. Clear procedures can be established to ensure students can report with anonymity, involving peer counsellors and guiding kids on reporting the cases.

  • Using Health Records

Identifying it in standards health screening can be effective; doctors can participate in recognising victims.

  • Psychological Help

Apart from treating the physical, treating the psychological symptoms is important since it will decrease the risks of self-harm and substance abuse. Schools can identify vulnerable students so as to teach them how to refuse provocation. They can have a caring relationship with them, involve their parents and provide psychological services.

  • Creating Awareness

Public awareness of bullying will lead to a more respectful environment. Creating awareness is imperative. This should be on the consequences of bullying, mostly evidenced by data that indicates rising cases of suicides from victims, and social determinants of bullying.

  • Proper Response

The proper response from victims and witnesses is important. They can respond with resilience if they learn the core skills that include establishing bully-free norms.

  • Favourable School Cultures

School cultures can be reviewed to reduce bullying. Schools should create a secure, safe and respectful environments for all kids. Since it is easy for children to learn about violence and bullying before inflicting others, educational policymakers can work on creating school cultures that are favourable for all children.

  • Involve Social Media Companies

Since some social media cultures promote bullying, social media companies can participate in formulating policies that will result in identifying and curbing cyberbullying.

Extensive studies are important to ensure implementation of programmes that are based on evidence. These programmes should aim at combating bullying by helping various victims to deal with it along with helping the perpetrators to end their behaviour.

Promoting diversity in schools will also curb it. But to reduce bullying, schools can involve all students; teachers and counsellors can then provide strategies that can help in curbing it. This includes teaching youths social-emotional skills and tolerance. Families can help in curbing this vice by enhancing coping skills in children as well as encouraging them to report bullying incidents.

Bullying is a serious public health problem that has resulted in short and long term effects on victims and also the perpetrators. Concerted efforts can work to the benefit of all those involved, but more emphasis should be on preventive measures. Creating awareness will help in identifying incidents, teaching children on coping strategies, involving other stakeholders, and creating a favourable environment for everyone.

The Relationship Between Health and Addiction

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The topic of health is one that seems to be consistently finding its way into the media, into everyday conversations, into important discussions behind closed doors, and even in the whispers of stigma-saturated conversations. This is the reality; that amongst the important conversations stems the judgement and stigma that has stifled these important conversations since they began. And one topic of conversation around health that attracts the most ongoing stigma is addiction.

Addiction is something that has always been viewed with the most intense of viewpoints, not unlike the approach that everyone takes. People are either wholeheartedly against even discussing addiction, while others are so open to it that it becomes all-encompassing. Interestingly, this is also the approach that people tend to have when they are faced with addiction themselves. Before anything else, it is first and foremost important to understand that addiction is a different experience for everyone, and judgement gets us nowhere.

Humanity as a curious species

As humans, we are a naturally curious species. While in many regards, this is nothing but a positive, there are instances where our curiosities can ultimately become our downfall. Addiction is a perfect example of this. Curiosity is what drives us and ultimately makes us make the jump to try new things, and unfortunately for us not all those things are good for us. Substances like heroin and ice, or alcohol, are just some examples of addictive substances that can prove to be not only unhealthy, but even fatal.

Understanding the whole issue

Addiction is treated as weakness and a flaw in character in many instances, but the reality of addiction is that it is a disease, a health issue that can affect anyone at any time. Nobody is immune to its reaches, and so it becomes detrimental when somebody we know, or ourselves, becomes entangled in addiction, that the person in question feels supported, rather than judged. Nothing with quell a person’s desire to get help quicker and more acutely than everyone around them treating them like their addiction is their problem, and nobody else’s.

Having the right approach

Of course, addiction is the responsibility of the individual who is suffering with it, but more than that addiction presents itself in effected individuals as a manifestation of the physical, as well as the internal. Addiction is so hard to break away from when you are the one suffering with its reaches, and so understanding that it is not as simple as “just stopping” is the first step towards obtaining the right approach.

Not unlike considering courses for cardiac life support when you know someone with a heart condition, making it your business to consider ways of being a pillar of support for someone you know who is facing an addiction of some kind. People who suffer with addiction often feel isolated and alone, and having a support network that they know they can rely on, even (and especially) during the toughest of times can and does make all the difference in the world. Actively chose to be part of the solution, and not the problem.

A Good Night’s Sleep All Starts with the Mattress

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When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, it can be difficult to get into a healthy pattern. In fact, quite often it takes a lot of readjustment before the perfect balance is struck and ultimately maintained. We all know the difference between a good night’s sleep and a fractured night’s sleep, just by the difference in our energy levels and overall feeling the following day. It is difficult to know where to begin trying to adopt the right sleeping patterns, but a good place to start is always the mattress. If you find that your mattress is too hard or too soft for your liking, you are likely experiencing the beginning, the root cause, of your problem. Sleep is crucial to sound whole health (and especially to one’s physical health), so sourcing the perfect mattress is vital to finding a sure-fire solution. And while sleep deprivation is obviously an unhealthy practice that should be stopped, oversleeping is just as bad for us and could cause excessive daytime sleepiness or even heavier health issues.

Of course, the mattress is not always the problem (or the solution, for that matter). But what is found consistently, time and again, is that having the right mattress can alleviate, or even eliminate, the sleeping issues that were causing a disjointed sleeping pattern in the first place. When we find that what we sleep on is not as comfortable as it could be, it is more difficult for the body to relax and allow itself to drift to sleep. So, research is necessary to pinpoint the right mattress for you specifically. Everyone is different, and research is the key to ensuring you get the right mattress for you, not for the salesperson you spoke to in the store or your loved one who just got an amazing new mattress.

Referring to Sleepjunkie and word-of-mouth recommendations, finding the perfect mattress to help you get the best night’s sleep possible is easier than ever. All you have to do, is start looking. Every mattress company is going to tell you that they have the best deal, the best warranty, the best returns and exchanges policy, the best quality. The only way that you will ever truly know if you got the best deal for you, is to do the research yourself. Sometimes it takes a while. We spent roughly a third of our lives sleeping, so a mattress is literally an investment that deserves the same consideration as a new car or a new home does.

Sleep deprivation is a subject that has gotten continuous attention over the years – especially lately. And while sleep deprivation is obviously an unhealthy practice that should be stopped, oversleeping is just as bad for us. Each of these sleeping habits can be fundamentally linked to the mattress you sleep on. Of course, there are other contributing factors, but the mattress can truly make all the difference. As this information becomes more widely realized, this is likely part of the reason behind the mattress industry’s boom in recent years. People are placing more importance on how and where they sleep, and the mattress is the very thing that we lay on to get our shut eye at the end of every day.

Quality of Sleep Impacts Whole Health

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The quality of our sleep can sometimes be solved by something as relatively easy as investing in a new mattress, but even this takes a lot of consideration. Finding the best mattresses in Australia (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter) can be a time-consuming, even expensive process. Sometimes people spend days, and even weeks, trying out different mattresses at different stores. And because everyone sleeps differently and has different sleeping preferences, it can be a lot of testing and even compromise (this is especially true when a couple is looking for a new mattress, and they have different preferences).

However, sometimes the problem of unhealthy sleeping patterns is not so easily solved. When it comes to key impactors of our health, one that most (if not all) of us continuously underestimate is the quality of our sleep. While we know that our sleeping pattern influences how rested we feel, many of us do not bother to learn about the other, deeper effects that lack of sleep (or, similarly, oversleeping) have on the human body. There are many, but there are three core ways that sleep impacts our whole health the most frequently and the most seriously.

Sleep and some diseases

Fractured or otherwise unhealthy sleeping patterns have a genuine (and potentially serious) impact on our physical health, in particular with our risk for certain diseases. While this has been the exact topic of multiple studies in years past, it was not until a study conducted in 2015 that our sleeping pattern impacts the health of our arteries in multiple ways. When we do not get enough sleep, the body experiences heightened levels of stress because it has not gotten the rest that it genuinely needs. This very issue has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity (among other physical health risks).

Sleep and metabolism

When we sleep well, our bodies can naturally go through the processes of working certain things through our systems. On the other hand, when we experience disjointed sleeping patterns, our bodies go into survival mode, trying to protect us from expelling too much energy without in turn getting the adequate nutrients to keep our bodies functioning properly. The metabolism slows down, boosting the body’s ability to store fat. Over time, an unhealthy sleeping pattern can be (and unfortunately sometimes is) directly linked to issues that correlate with fractured metabolism, including (again) diabetes and obesity.

Sleep and mentality

The brain is the hungriest organ in the human body. At night, when we sleep our brains have a chance to solidify our memories of the day that has just been. Throughout the average day, our brains develop a build-up of “gunk” through cerebrospinal fluid. This toxin is directly associated with mental disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as basic cognitive function. The brain clears out this “gunk” every night, and if we do not allow this to happen, then the build-up of the fluid manifests in diseases of the mind.

Three Health Issues Caused by Sleep

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Everyone wants to go to bed at night, sleep without disruption, and wake up feeling well rested in the morning. However, for some, that is not a reality. A search of best mattresses 2019 will bring up top- dollar mattresses that may help some sleep disorders, like occasional mild snoring and aching muscles. However, for the following three sleep disorders, further interventions, including medications and doctor’s visits, may be needed.

  1. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a general term for different sleeping issues that focus on breathing. Snoring is the most common, but there are other types of sleep apnea and some of them are more serious. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway collapses and causes shallow breathing, or breathing cessation even, that causes a decrease in blood oxygen levels. Sleep apnea is deadly. It is associated with a greater risk for other health conditions, too, including depression, heart attacks, strokes, and insulin resistance.

About 40% of adults snore and 25% of adults have sleep apnea. Studies show that most people who fit the criteria for sleep apnea are not diagnosed, with some figures at a 90% rate of undiagnosed sleep apnea sufferers. It is diagnosed through sleep tests, which most people aren’t willing to do. Furthermore, some don’t want to seek treatment because it is so complex. An airway machine that opens the airway through a mask is the most popular treatment for sleep apnea. Mouth guards, nasal patches, and surgeries are also used to fix the condition, which can be cheap and ineffective or expensive and lengthy.

  1. Increased blood pressure

Sleep issues, such as sleep deprivation and struggling to fall asleep, are proven to cause blood pressure issues in women. A recent study out of Columbia University Irvin Medical Center found that women with mild sleep issues- even those who got the recommended amount of sleep each night- were more likely to have elevated blood pressure.

The National Sleep Foundation has found that women are more likely than men to have troubles falling and staying asleep and experience more fatigue and daytime sleepiness. Between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder and 30% of Americans report issues with insomnia, the American Sleep Association says.

  1. Heart Disease

The same study out of Columbia University Irvin Medical Center also found that shorter hours of sleep raises the risk of women developing inflammation in their blood vessels, which can contribute to often fatal heart disease. 50% of the 323 women who participated in the study had “poor quality sleep”, which was linked to the increased inflammation of their blood vessels.

“Results of an ongoing clinical trial may confirm these results. In the meantime, it may be prudent to screen women for milder sleep disturbances in an effort to help prevent cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Brooke Aggarwal, the lead author of the study and a behavioral scientist in the department of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Marriage counseling increasingly common in the era of social media

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No one said marriage was easy. Most couples assume that the minute they’re married everything’s smooth sailing from there. But at the end of the day, even though you may be married, it doesn’t mean the work is over. In every couple’s life, there are going to be ups and downs, moments where you’re feeling disconnected and lonely even though your partner is beside you. Though these are horrible feelings to have, it’s also a great opportunity for you and your partner to accept that you may need help. Throwing in the towel doesn’t have to be your first option, rather marriage counseling can help give you the tools or the understanding of where your relationship is and where it can go. You may be scared to try marriage counseling, but knowing what to expect can alleviate any anxiety you have.

Now, before you even sit down in front of a marriage counselor, you need to decide on one. There are different types of marriage counselors who have various approaches to counseling. Some counselors give more of a “Dr. Phil” approach where they give you tools and suggestions while Naya Clinics focus on innovative Positive Existential Therapy. In order to choose the right counselor for you, it’s important that you research possible marriage counselors and make a decision with your partner.

You probably thought your years of having to do homework were long gone, but in marriage counseling, there’s more to it than just talking. If you want to truly improve your relationship, you’re going to need to work on it. Your marriage counselor may give you exercises or activities to complete which will make the sessions more impactful.

It’s easy for us to put the blame on other people but the reality is, your counselor is facilitating the process. They’re not in charge of changing your life or fixing your marriage – that’s up to you and your partner. Simply attending counseling won’t change your marriage, you need to put in the work in order to receive a result. Do the work, get involved in the sessions and reflect on them if you want to progress in your life.

If you think that the problems in your marriage are only because you’re married, think again. In fact, many issues which pop up in your marriage could date back to your childhood. Your counselor may ask you questions about your childhood, your relationships and how you communicated back then. By giving this information to your counselor, they’ll be able to see a clearer pattern and help not only to better your relationship but to also help you become self-aware.

You and your partner may go to one session, talk it out and then feel that everything is cleared up but that’s not the case. In order to touch on the problem, you need at least a minimum of three to four sessions. Of course, there are going to be things that are difficult to talk about, but rather than abandoning counseling, you need to push through those hard moments to achieve clarity and understanding.

Diet Is Able to Add Years to One’s Life

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Being healthy is about more than getting in your recommended exercise every week. Sometimes being healthy means going to the doctor to get a prescription for Pruritus Ani relief, or having to take a mental health day to realign yourself properly. One constant contributor to whole health is what we eat. The phase, “you are what you eat” has more truth to it than a lot of people realise, and the reasons why make a lot of sense. In fact, studies and research have found that people who eat more vegetables, and considerably limit or even entirely eliminate their intake of processed foods, are healthier all around.

A balanced diet is worth far more than any other contributing factor you could add into the mix – even exercise. While exercising and keeping physically fit is definitively important, all that hard work ends up being for nothing if you do not fuel your body correctly. Whereas if you keep your diet generally clean, then not only does your body end up feeling better but you begin to look healthier as well, and your exercise efforts tend to go a lot further as well. There is so much to be said about the power of a healthy, balanced diet.

Multiple studies and varying research has found that following a healthy lifestyle can expand the life expectancy of both men and women by up to ten years. High-quality foods, for example, might take a little longer to get used to buying regularly because they tend to be a little more expensive, but when you limit or eliminate entirely the unhealthy items from your grocery list and your shopping basket, then the grocery bill improves dramatically.

Eating leafy green vegetables more often, and ingesting less processed meats and unnecessary fats and sugars (think potato chips and lollies) has significantly positive impacts on the body because our brains are wired to function on the nutrients they get from the foods and liquids we fuel our bodies with. If we choose to ingest unhealthy foods and liquids, then we essentially feed our brains – the muscle that literally keeps everything functioning as it should and at its best – the wrong kinds of nutrients, if any are even present in the unhealthy foods we eat. When we choose to commit to a healthy diet, on the other hand, our brains happily take on the nutrients and turn it into energy, helping our bodies to perform better, to feel better, and even to look better.

Despite what many choose to believe, a healthy lifestyle is not that difficult to lead. Essentially, once the ground work has been done and the habits have been ingrained in daily life, then it ends up feeling less and less like a drastic lifestyle change and more like second nature. Like anything else, it takes time for our bodies to get used to change, but if those changes are for the better then our bodies ultimately end up thanking us by performing better across the board.

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