Live a Healthy Life

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

A university student had an old car that had to be parked on a hill so that it could be started by running
down a slope. One day the car came to a standstill and a friend of his suggested that the engine had
blown. Being a student he did not have money for repairs so he put the car on bricks and for a year
hitched lifts and caught buses to wherever he needed to go. At the end of the year he decided to get a
mechanic to look at the car and give him a quote to have it fixed. It turned out that the battery was flat
and at very little cost he had the vehicle up and running again. He was inconvenienced for a year because
of a flat battery.

This story never fails to remind me how we can compare our bodies to that of a car. The battery of a
vehicle will go flat unless the vehicle is driven regularly. The human body will deteriorate if we do not
keep it exercised.

Exercise and stretching are the best way to stay fit and healthy. Performing physical exercise every day
provides benefits to the entire body. This does not mean that you need to run marathons or be at the
gym for hours on end. Twenty minutes of good exercise a day will be enough to keep you healthy.

Of course if you are participating in exercise that you love, such as kite surfing or playing a sport, then
time will fly by and exercising will become a pleasure, not a chore. You can lose track of time in just
taking a walk, absorbed in the beauty around you.

Exercise is the most natural option for helping to release stress so that you get a good night’s sleep. It
helps to restore bodily functions in a healthy fashion. Exercise will help you to re-energise. It will leave
you feeling happy, content and balanced. It is not possible to have a fit body without performing regular
physical exercise and eating well. Being fit also means having healthy thoughts. Your body will be fit
when it functions well at all levels.

Proper nutrition, exercise and a wholesome outlook on life are the keys to health. When filling up your
car, you are always careful to put in the correct fuel to keep it running. When you feed your body it is
important to nourish it with the correct food.

Many of the books and articles written on nutrition give the following basic guidelines to healthy
~ Eat plenty of fresh fruit
~ Eat plenty of fresh vegetables – preferably lightly steamed
~ Eat plenty of legumes, including beans, lentils, chickpeas and peas
~ Replace refined grains with whole unrefined grains
~ Snack on raw nuts, fruit, olives and unsalted popcorn
~ Drink water
~ Vary your intake of the above as much as possible to get the benefits of all the nutrients your body
~ Minimise refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, fats and oils, animal proteins and dairy products

Ramesh Ramkumar in his book entitled Being Human says: “Remember that good health is not
everything, but without it, everything else is nothing”.

Tune up your body – it is the only one you have. Treat it well and it will serve you well.

This post is an excerpt taken from my book You’re Awesome. You can read the full chapter in my book.