A recent study of 136,000 White Americans today announced its findings – which showed that cases of cancer would drop by 20%-40% and deaths by 50% if simple changes were made and a healthier lifestyle adopted.
This concretes SmartChoice Fitness’ message as to how simple tweaks in diet, exercise and outlook on life will have awesome results, and you cannot get more awesome than that!
The report states that of the entire American population took on board the following then lung cancer would drop by 80%, bowel cancer by up to 30%, prostate by 21% and breast by 12%:
Scarily the report goes on to say that only 18% of women and 25% of men ticked all of the above boxes.
So, if you are one of the 82% of women or 75% of men seriously what are you waiting for?
If it is exercise that you struggle with, take a look at this walking plan by the American Heart Foundation – a six week plan to get you up and out every day. Once you have established this routine over six weeks, the health benefits you will be rewarded with will make it an essential part of your day.
Diet is such a huge topic, and what happens when you feel even hungrier because you’ve been active? Disaster? No, it does not have to be. Forget the word diet – and try to think of your new eating regime as a lifestyle choice – you are consciously choosing to be healthier with your food choices. If you have ‘dieted’ before the chances are that when you finished the ‘diet’ some if not all of the weight came back on – this is because more traditional ‘diets’ are not sustainable. Your body requires a certain amount of calories per day – the important point is not to avoid the calories but instead ensure they are healthy calories. In order to be successful, you need to make healthy eating your new lifestyle.
Never skip breakfast, the most important meal of the day – it is breaking the overnight ‘fast’. Eat a healthy breakfast and you are starting your day the best way possible. For example, porridge with no sugar, whole grain toast, granola and yoghurt (make sure it is Greek yoghurt as this will have the less sugar in it, also choose a low sugar granola – you can otherwise easily eat your daily sugar intake in your first meal of the day!).
Another really easy way to help weight loss is to ensure you are properly hydrated – click here for advice and tips.
Quitting smoking and cutting down on your alcohol intake may not even apply to you – but if it does click here for some great tips and advice on quitting smoking, and here if you need advice on cutting down your daily alcohol intake.
So, in words on paper these guidelines look obvious and simple but we all know that real life is not like that. You will need support, guidance and most importantly self belief. Believe that you CAN DO IT and you will be surprised at what you will be able to achieve.
I am a busy mum of two teenage boys, and between them and work I am forever running around. I have always been interested in fitness, and I make sure that exercise features regularly in my life. However many of my friends are not into fitness like me, yet want to be healthy. I want to help people make healthy lifestyle choices which will impact on their fitness, without necessarily feeling the need to throw themselves full force into exercise.