Hey guys! I am on vacation with my family. Enjoy the guest post!
My name is Sam, and I’m a 23-year old Canadian grad student with a love of all things food, fitness, health, and chocolate.
I’m so excited to be hanging out with you guys today while Annette is off on what sounds like an awesome ski trip! Yes, I am jealous – I’m not a skier, but I will take any excuse for a vacation 😉
So in the healthy living community, it’s pretty safe to say that the vast majority of us share a passion for working out and staying fit. We like feeling good, and I think we can all agree that we like looking good, too!
But, there are other benefits and reasons to stay active. Living a long, healthy life sounds like a pretty good reason as well! When I think about why I make active living such a priority to me, I’d like to say it’s because I want to remain healthy for a long, long time. We all (hopefully) know what diseases and ailments run in our family, making them a concern for us in the future. Fortunately, genetics are not the be-all, end-all of health – just because something runs in your family does not guarantee that you are going to get it as well. We’ve all heard the term: “The best defence is a good offence,” haven’t we? I like to think about that in terms of my health – by actively trying to fight against ailments that run in my family NOW, I know I have a great chance of avoiding or beating them in my future!
High blood pressure
High blood pressure and heart disease are evident in both sides of my family. I’ve lost family members to heart disease, and have watched my father take medication for his high blood pressure for years. Because of this, I want to keep my heart strong and healthy. I make sure to include cardio exercise (walking, running, HIIT and elliptical-ing) as a regular part of my lifestyle. In addition to exercise, I also try to keep an eye on my salt and alcohol intake and keep my stress levels low.
I’ve seen what the benefits of exercise are on high blood pressure first-hand – my dad joined a gym about a year ago, has lost 20-30 pounds and has (slowly and under medical supervision) been able to reduce the amount of blood pressure medication he takes. Not only can lifestyle changes help prevent certain ailments, it goes to show you that it’s never too late to make changes to help lessen the impact or even reverse the issue!
I’m definitely proud of him!
Osteoporosis is another big one for me. A family history combined with my own history of anorexia has left me with a LOT of concern over the state of my bones. I’ve never broken one before, and I certainly don’t want to have it start happening left and right! I plan on living a long time, so I want to do so without the hunchback 😉
In order to help me prevent osteoporosis in my future, I turn to weights and plyometrics. Weight bearing and strengthening exercises force your body to resist gravity and stimulate the cells in your body that make new bone. When you’re lifting weights and strengthening your muscles, you’re strengthening your bones as well! In addition to exercise, I also make sure that my diet includes lots of calcium, and I take a daily multivitamin. I haven’t taken a bone density test before, but hopefully when I do I’ll be showing some positive results!
Of course, watching my little muscles get bigger through strength training is pretty cool as well :-p
I hope you guys enjoyed my post today! I’m over at www.betterwithsprinklesblog.com, and would love it if you stopped by.
Thanks again to the awesome Annette for letting me chat today!
- Why do you make exercise/healthy living a priority in your life?
- Do you know anyone who has beaten or improved symptoms of an ailment through a lifestyle change?