Life Goals: Love and Take Care of Yourself
Everyday of your life, you are working so hard for your family, to be successful in your career, to prove you are somebody, and influence others with your talent, skills, and intelligence. We are so busy with a lot of things that we miss checking our timetable, giving time for ourselves to rest, relax or even see a doctor, most especially if we are in pain. Fathers wake up early to be ready for work and stay up late at night to finish a paperwork, while mothers are busy taking care of their children, preparing meals, doing household chores and attending their kid’s school events. And mind you, even single young adults can’t find time to exercise, because they are also busy with work or socializing, and prefer eating in a fast food, restaurant or in their apartment with easy-to-prepare but not nutritious meals.
It is no wonder why obesity is on the rise, with junk food and processed food, such as pizza, chips, chocolates, soda, burger, and so on and so forth. Many of us do not realize the importance of our bodies, so it is high time to start eating nutritious food and exercising seriously, loving and taking care of ourselves, because our bodies are only our vessel in this life, for us to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor with our families and friends. You can start by selecting fresh fruits, vegetables and whole food, instead of refined and processed food. Think of the convenience of just grabbing fresh bananas from your countertop instead of doughnuts early in the morning, or putting a nutritious frozen homemade burritos in your microwave, than the unhealthy mac and cheese. Food nutritionists highlight the importance of eating less processed food, because they have higher nutritional value, and they have lower calories, bad cholesterol, and preservatives,and some examples include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, oatmeals and cereals, honey, brown or muscovado sugar than white sugar, and brown rice than white rice, and homemade meals.
Whether you prefer early in the morning or before you go to sleep, it is important to set a time for exercising, to increase muscle strength, endurance and burn body calories, so you need to set an alarm to your smartphone about your preferred exercise time which is thirty minutes per day. Once you start and get used to exercising, it becomes a part of your system, then it becomes your hobby and eventually a part of your daily routine, creating a significant improvement not only physically but also emotionally, socially and spiritually. Use the staircase instead of the elevator, walk instead of driving nearby grocery store, and take some time running, swimming or playing your favorite sport on your free time.