A recent health survey indicates that lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, heart
attacks, strokes and certain types of cancers are on the rise.
Bulging waistlines, obesity and clogged
arteries are becoming more common as the Chinese continue with their unhealthy
lifestyles. Our preoccupation with tasty but unhealthy meals as well as our
increasingly inactive or sedentary lifestyles have taken a toll on our health.
The government's call for the Chinese to live healthy lifestyles have fallen on
deaf ears. As a result, we have a growing generation of
The Chinese have to give top priority to ways of keeping fit if they wish to
live a disease-free life. Keeping fit requires sacrifice, determination and
Our exotic cuisines are enough to whet anyone's appetite. Our choice of food
almost always includes food that appeal to the taste buds regardless of whether
they have nutritional value or otherwise. As a result, we gorge ourselves on
food that has a high oil content such as fried chicken and french fries. To make
matters worse, many of us have a sweet tooth. When calorie intake exceeds
output, the inevitable is bound to occur -- obesity and an inactive lifestyle.
What we need to do is shed all the extra weight by reducing our calorie
intake and by exercising. Choosing nutritious food that is relatively low in
calories is a move in the right direction. If we need to go on a diet o weight
reduction program, then it is best we consult a qualified nutritionist or
When buying food, choose products with healthier ingredients. When you eat
out, choose dishes that have less fat or oil content.
Exercise is an integral part of keeping fit. Regular exercise not only helps
to manage weight, but also increases fitness levels. A person need not have
vigorous workouts in the gym to keep himself fit. Brisk walking or even walking
up the stairs instead of using the life are good forms of exercise. Health
experts recommend that an individual exercise at least three times a week with
each session lasting for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Keeping fit also requires changes in other aspects of our lifestyles. Smoking
and drinking alcohol can wreak havoc on our
health. Smoking increases the risks of developing certain types of cancers while
heavy drinking can lead to liver damage. A chain-smoker and a heavy drinker
cannot hope to live a long, disease-free life. Habitual smokers and drinkers not
only have to fork out large amounts of money for cigarettes and alcohol, but
also for higher medical bills.
Life is a precious gift from God. It is the duty of every individual to value
this gift. Keeping fit is therefore our responsibility.
Shirking from our responsibility indicates either ignorance of
indifference. We have to get our priorities right before we become victims of
our own careless habits.