Achievements don’t happen in the wink of an eye. You need to work on small things before you hit the big goal. The same is true in the case of health too-making small changes and using opportunities that come by your way each day can help you move towards or further away from health. These choices affect you at all stages of life and at any age with only the magnitude of these choices varying as you grow older.
The Bigger Picture
We don’t cherish health until we have it and ache for it once diseases and disorders creep into our body. Fitness can look complex, long-term and unattainable for some, but once you realize that fitness (or lack of it) is the result of multiple small choices made every single day over time, you start working towards it. Fitness is looked upon as the ideal body goal while health is considered to be simpler and easier to achieve.
Health is not valued until the individual does not have it. As the proverb goes, a healthy individual has 1,000 dreams but the unhealthy has only one. Life seems to lack hope, opportunity and the charisma to do/experience things that we value, in the case of an unhealthy person.
Rewind the Clock
Survival instincts at are their peak among children and women in their reproductive age. For instance, let’s assume that you are living in the caveman age where resources are scarce and survival becomes the topmost priority. You try to allocate maximum resources to children and adults of reproductive age. These characteristics are etched in our DNA and there exist triggers within our body that start the process of winding down toward the end of life. But, by resorting to smart changes we can fool the system a little bit.
By staying physically active at any age, you can fool the body by preventing it from realizing that you live in modern times. By moving constantly and doing small activities that seem feasible to you, you maintain a much more efficient body which stays healthy for a longer time.
Age Makes a Person Go Fragile
Our body weakens with age due to the deterioration of myelin around muscle and decreased number of motor nerves, but these can be countered with vigorous physical activity. Instead of relying on traditional exercises such as pedaling on a stationary bike, try to perform reactive, coordinated physical activity that helps to promote brain health too. Any exercise is linked to improved brain health as given in www.firsteatright.com, but the right type of exercise protects the brain from any damage and enhances its functionalities too. Such activities that trigger brain functionality include partner-based workouts, running outdoors, throw ball games or playing any sport. These are reactive, unpredictable workouts that enhance brain functioning due to physical activity.
Simply Don’t Survive, But Thrive
Instead of simply breathing, live life. Shift towards thriving instead of simply surviving. Brain and the body act according to what you do, big or small, complex or simple, and act accordingly over time.
Use small opportunities that come by your way to make the rightful health and fitness choices so that you move one step closer to success every time. You might end up being more flexible and healthy than your grandkids when you grow older. Get better or simply get by. Choose the right path to succeed at the start of this New Year. Make small resolutions to bring about big changes.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.