Love and Take Care of Yourself
Many of us are working so hard for our families, we are career oriented, wanting to achieve our biggest dreams and to be able to influence others with our intelligence, talents, and skills. 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. With everyday routine, a common family set up include a father waking up early to be ready for work to provide for the family and stay up late at night to finish paperwork, while a mother takes care of their children, prepare meals, does the laundry and house cleaning. Even single men and women can’t find time to take good care of themselves because they’re also too busy working and socializing, thus ending eating in a fast food, restaurant or 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. It is better to consume beans and grains that refined sugars, whole wheat bread than white bread, oatmeals and cereals, honey, brown or muscovado sugar than white sugar, and brown rice than white rice.
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. The human body is created to move, but prolonged sitting in front of your computer or all the paperwork give a signal to our bodies about shutting down, so it is important to exercise like using the staircase instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving nearby friend’s house or grocery store, and take some time running, swimming or playing your favorite sport on your day off.