Health & Science

General Health Guidelines

Recently I have heard about some breakthroughs in science regarding people’s diets and health (I am referencing particularly Dr. Oz on Oprah). I have a problem with these new theories on keeping people healthy: I’ve been saying them for years!

The basic belief is now to:

  1. Eat right
  2. Exercise

That’s it. But what do those mean? Well, it does not mean eat only vegetables, and it does not mean a person needs to (or should) spend six hours in the gym every day.

Eating right means eating regularly: three meals a day. Avoid extra sugar and grease, especially in the mornings. Try eating the same, or a similar, breakfast each day. Oatmeal is good, as is Corn Flakes with a banana or strawberry chopped up in the bowl. Lunch should be simple, such as a soup or sandwich. Dinner can be anything in a good portion, but try not to have fried stuff more than once a week.

It is important to note that it is not always what you eat. Certainly some foods are better for a body than others, as differently chemicals affect you differently. But the importance is also in the frequency of meals and the portions you consume. Try eating until you are content. Not until you are bloated. Do not skip meals. Your metabolism depends on this.

Exercise consists of simple cardiovascular stuff, like you did in elementary school gym class. Do a little stretching, and talk a walk or jog. If a source is available to you, take a swim. Swimming is even better for you than running, because it works nearly every muscle in your body, as well as your heart and lungs. If you can’t swim, walk every day for about an hour (to, from, and around work counts if you are actually walking), and make a point to do some sort of strength training. This means weight lifting for half an hour, twice a week.

So now what? This is not a fad diet. This is real-world stuff that seems to have worked out for people for a long time: eat balanced and keep your body fit. Easy enough. As Dr. Oz put it, this isn’t a diet, this is a lifestyle. Choose to be a bit healthier and make yourself do it. After a week or so, you won’t feel like you are forcing it anymore and it will be natural to stay healthy.