TCYH (Full Series)
Now that we’ve actually finished our exercise series which includes a section on how to start from absolute basics, this should probably be renamed our feeling healthy (long) post.
This is our full introductory article on getting healthy, but not just “healthy” as in jogging without armpit rain or looking at the mirror and not being hugely depressed, but healthy as in feeling good. We should really stress – as a business that sells health – while everything we sell is incredibly healthy and nutritious, there is no MAGIC PILL, it just does not exist. There is no “lose fat – give you a six-pack (and a thigh gap???) – make your legs look great – add six inches to your biceps – remove cellulite” one a day pill. The sad thing is all those things are achievable if you’re willing to put in the time. If you’re thinking about transforming your health (and we hope you are), then it’s going to take more than just a pill in the morning and switching to diet coke (the second worst drink in existence for your health after petrol). The goal is to make meaningful changes and then have them become the norm. We’re hoping to help make a transition to that (healthier) lifestyle easier. If you’re in a hurry (shame on you) read Part 1 and 3 (Part 2 is kinda scary anyway). If you’re really REALLY in a hurry, you should probably just go to one of those websites that lies about how easy everything is (…it’s not even really a diet, you can eat AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE! Hahaha, good luck with that!)
So how DO you start getting healthy??? Here’s a quick overview!
1. Exercise (sorry to do this to you… again), is the single most important thing you can do to help your body. Your body was designed to move, and allowing it to do that is essential to your well-being and ability to feel good. It reduces stress, increases energy levels, balances hormones, helps with sleep, and has countless other benefits (asides from the obvious, healthy heart, bones, and muscles). The key is to do the right kind of exercise (treadmills don’t count!). To read more about what exercises you can do, read here (HIIT) or look here (Personal Training)! Or look here (Best 5 Exercises), here (Weightlifting Complexes), and here (How to Design a Workout)!
2. You are what you eat. Yes, this is shaping up to be something you’ve heard a hundred times before, but did you know that what you eat effects not just your current physical (and mental) state, but also your genetic health, and that that may be passed on to your kids. It adds a whole new level to the nature/nurture debate.
Everything on supermarket shelves these days is covered in pesticides and full of synthetics (flavours, sweeteners, colours, preservatives); it is astounding that food companies are allowed to sell this stuff. Get educated before you end up with any of the known side-effects (infertility, cancer, obesity etc.), or even some of the unknown ones.