A healthy lifestyle means maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet as well as
engaging in sports or other fitness related activities. A healthy diet alone
however is inadequate to ensure a healthy body as physical activity helps to
keep one in shape and free of sickness and disease.
According to the World
Health Organization, only one in ten people exercise regularly and a majority do
not follow a healthy diet. The main culprit is our penchant for junk food as can
be seen from the popularity of fast food chains and other western eateries. even
local foods such as fried noodles, friend rice and snacks and savories are laden
with fat and calories. Thus, consuming this type of food on a daily basis can
contribute to weight gain. Overweight and obese people suffer from many health
complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even
Hence, the emphasis on healthy lifestyle should start at a young age. Parents
must urge their children to eat more vegetables, fruits, juices, wholemeal and
wholegrain foods. Many parents, due to time constraint, usually find the easy
way out by cooking two-minute noodles or heading towards the nearest fast food
joint for quick meal. They do not realize however that sets the stage for
an unhealthy lfestyle for their children who quickly become addicted to such
foods. Thus, parents can counter this problem by cooking or preparing meals that
do not take up time such as cheese sandwiches, soup, stir friend vegetables or
buy pre-packed meals from supermarkets which can be warmed up in the microwave
Dining out usually involves eating heavily and unhealthily. Most of us are
prone to ordering deep fried food and oily dishes as opposed to steamed or baked
food. Thus, though eating out is unavoidable, parents of children and adults as
a hole should order fresh food and foods that are nutritious and not laden with
oil, fat or sugar. Once a pattern of healthy eating is established, it would be
easier to carry through such a lifestyle and for the children to follow suit.
School canteens must be urged to sell only highly nutritious food and drinks.
Vending machines that sell soft drinks and drinks that are spiked with sugar
should be banned. Hence, school going children would be exposed to healthy
eating form young.
Daily exercise is vital. In fact, schools should implement Physical education
on a daily basis rather than twice weekly. Only the minority are actively
involved in sports. Most students are sedentary and prefer to concentrate on
their studies as they consider indulging in physical activities a waste of time.
By enforcing regular exercise daily, these students would be exposed to the
importance and benefits of exercise.
Many parents and adults do not allocate time for physical activity. A large
number of them work long hours and return home late thereby depriving themselves
of the benefits of exercise. Parents must lead an exemplary life which can
benefit their children by increasing awareness on the health benefits of
exercising regularly. Bringing their children for walks in the morning or
evening is a good start to achieve this goal. They should become members of
clubs which have swimming pools and gym facilities. During the weekend, the
family can strengthen their bond by adjourning to clubs for exercise and a
healthy meal after that.
In short, leading a healthy lifestyle is a conscious decision. One can ignore
that and lead a life that exposes one to many healthy hazards. it is important
to recognize that a healthy living ensures a longer life span as well as a life
free of disease and complications.