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The Value of Health

Unfortunately we live in a society where it costs more money to live a “healthy” lifestyle than one of junk food and laziness; a society where the norm is to be stressed out, sedentary, over-caffeinated and miserable; a society where the majority of people believe it is normal to walk around not feeling good or happy most of the time. 
On the other hand, we are fortunate enough to live in a world that people do research and studies on everything and in the health and fitness field which has helped to truly highlight the value of eating healthy and exercising. 
So yes, the monetary cost of vegetables and chicken (that isn’t deep fried at a fast food joint) is higher than chicken nuggets, however the positive effects from those nutrients in the healthy foods have more value to you in the long run than the satisfaction from a big mac ever will. 
Not only do these healthier foods help with weight loss, which let’s face it is a huge seller alone for the majority of the population, but they also help to clear up your skin and will actually make your skin “glow”. “A small study from the University of St Andrews in Scotland showed the groups that consumed just 3 extra serves of carotenoid containing fruits and vegetables showed a small change in their skin tones and colouration in just 6 weeks. The small change was enough to be perceived as more attractive to others. The group that ate more processed junk food became less attractive and paler in the study period.” (From an article By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND)
Furthermore, if you are not interested in how eating right will impact your looks there are multiple other benefits for you health including lower blood pressure, decreased risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, stronger immune system and even decreased bone loss (which is especially important as you age). 
Now onto physical health… I know, gym memberships and hiring a personal trainer is more expensive than a permanent membership to your couch. However, is that where you truly want to spend the rest of your life? Or do you want to be able to live each day to the fullest and truly feel good and enjoy your life? 
I would say that the majority, if not all, of my clients no matter what their goals, have said that they actually felt better, after just a few sessions – sometimes even after the first session, and that alone was a great investment into their future. By adding in regular strength training and cardio not only do you strengthen your body which makes everyday tasks now easier, but it also helps with the aging process in the future. If you have just started following my blog than you may not have heard me say this before, but it’s true – if you don’t use it, you lose it – and when it comes to your muscles and health this statement could not be more true! You don’t have to get fragile and weak as you age, as long as you keep moving and using those muscles they won’t be able to go anywhere! 
Speaking of adding value to your life, nothing is “simpler” than getting a good nights sleep. I won’t go in to too much detail here because I have done a whole post about sleep, but being over-stressed and over-tired is not something we should strive for. Yes, it seems in our society that being tired and stressed equals busy which equals success. However, if you are well rested and less stressed you are going to be able to perform better at whatever task you have going on and be more of a joy to be around as well. So, sleep well and allow time to de-stress! 
You invest money to save for your future, so why wouldn’t you invest in you in order to give yourself the ability to actually enjoy it? Start looking at exercising, cooking healthy meals and getting quality sleep as investing in your future and I guarantee you will start to the value and true meaning of health. 

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I am a 21 year old trainer who grew up in a small town with a dream to inspire and help as many people as I can through my passion for fitness and health. Although I am very driven and goal focused, I have a very cheesy sense of humour and am trying to have as much fun as I can while still achieving my goals.

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