In order to live a healthy life with longevity, a person must take responsibility for his or her own health. Health and fitness comprises both choice and action. The options you are making everyday, in addition to the measures you take on those choices, can result in a much healthier lifestyle. Being aware of your own metabolism and knowing your body can affect choices as well. Each of us must be consciously aware of what we eat and how active we are. Knowing that nutrition, fitness and personal growth are all dependent on each other is crucial. Each of us as individuals has a personal responsibility to follow a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular exercise.
Good nutrition means getting the calories we need for energy and the nutrients we need for proper growth. Calories are a way to measure the energy we get from food. As a result, when a person eats more calories than the body requires, weight gain can occur, which over time can possibly lead to obesity. In fact, many people consume more calories than they need without meeting the recommended daily value for good nutrition. This translates to people needing to make good nutritional choices that are high in nutrients but low to moderate in energy content (calories). We need to find a happy medium between calorie control and good nutritional recommendations.
By maintaining a healthy weight, one also reduces the risk of developing type II diabetes caused by obesity. Of the people diagnosed with type II diabetes, 80 to 90 percent are also diagnosed as obese. This fact provides an interesting clue to the link between diabetes and obesity. Understanding what causes the disease will hopefully allow us to prevent diabetes in the future. Being overweight places extra stress on the body in various ways, including the body’s ability to maintain proper glucose levels. In fact, being overweight can cause your body to become resistant to insulin. If you...