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Modern lifestyles are cruel on our bodies and minds. Make fitness an integral part of your life to stay happy and healthy.

There is no gainsaying to the fact that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. Our thoughts and actions are linked to the state of our bodies, and vice versa. If we are in a bad mood, we binge on junk food and sweets.The human mind associates pleasurable food with an elevated mental state. Hence, if sweets, colas and pizzas  are our favourite food, we tend to be in a better mood when we consume them.

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However, all of this unhealthy food begins to accumulate in our bodies in the form of fat. Diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease are the first effects of an expanding waistline. Soon, our weight begins to increase, our joints become painful and walking even short distances makes us out of breath.

Not only does the body suffer externally, internally too our systems bear the brunt of our unhealthy lifestyles. Sleep patterns are disturbed, we develop gastric infections and soon, our immunity is compromised.

Fitness is a key factor in our overall happiness. Where our umpteen cups of coffee and cheesy pizzas may give us momentary happiness, fitness gives happiness for life. A fit body is less prone to disease and illness. Fitness also improves our body’s responses to food and lack of rest: our metabolism is high and we are able to regroup quickly. However, there is no short cut to achieving true fitness. It is a long road with many speed breakers, but the end destination makes the effort worthwhile.

Get up and move . Fitness begins with measured activity. Enrol in a gym and diligently follow the trainer’s instructions. Motivate yourself with realistic goals: instead of aiming to lose 10 kilos in a month, aim for three kilos. Setting achievable goals will keep you motivated. If you find working out at a gym boring and monotonous, go swimming or take a Zumba class to burn calories instead.

Watch what you eat . People mistakenly assume that a thin body is a fit body. It is wrong to starve oneself to lose weight; it ruins the digestive process and actually reduces the chances of losing weight. Instead of starving oneself, it is advisable to eat small home cooked meals every three hours and intersperse them with exercise. 

Monitor your sleep . A research report compiled by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School cites problems associated with lack of sleep as ‘stress, lapses in concentration, heightened risk of disease, spikes in blood sugar level, and elevated blood pressure’. Adults require seven to eight hours of good quality sleep every night. It is important to fall asleep and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. 

Make time for rest . Some people go to extreme lengths to achieve perfect bodies, while others work long hours at office hoping for a promotion. Both lifestyles are dangerous and can cause a burnout. Every fitness expert will tell you that an hour of intense daily exercise is enough, with one rest day in between. Similarly, taking the weekend off to do nothing will help you de-stress from work pressure. Your body will tell you when it needs to rest – listen to it and do what it says. 

Take vacations every six months . A vacation can be a trip around the world or an overnight trek just outside the city limits. A change of scenery is important for physical and mental fitness. It helps to reconnect with our friends and family and keeps our anxiety and exhaustion in check. Travel also broadens the mind and makes us more inquisitive about the world, thus keeping us young.  
Thus, fitness is not just important for good health, but it also helps infuse new life in us. Stay fit and focussed and you will always stay happy.

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Make Junk Food Healthy

If you and your family are used to eating junk food, it won’t be easy to suddenly start eating healthy, but you can ‘convert’ junk food to healthy meals with a little ingenuity, provide your family sufficient nutrients AND help prevent obesity and other diseases. Here are a few ways to ‘convert’ junk food to healthy meals that your family will enjoy.
Use as little butter in your sandwich as possible. Butter only one side. Avoid butter if adding mayonnaise.
Choose wholemeal or whole grain bread instead of white bread.
Grill your burger instead of frying it. Grilled burgers minus the saturated fats taste just as good. Trim visible fat from the raw meat before grilling it. When choosing meats or poultry, select baked, broiled, or grilled items rather than fried or breaded items. (University of California, Irvine)
Serve different types of fresh fruit juice with meals, every day. Try serving chilled tamarind juice, which helps increase appetite and aids digestion. Fresh juice will stop you from reaching out for those colas and other addictive fizzy drinks. "The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times." "Adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not." (Marion Nestle :Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, California Studies in Food and Culture)
Can’t resist chips? Cut them thicker - thicker chips absorb less oil. Avoid very thin French fries.
Include large, appetizing salads in every meal. Cut down on salad dressings when eating out. Mix the greens with sweet corn and pineapple or add different fruits each day. Pomegranate is a healthy substitute that goes well with vegetable salads. Salads help satiate hunger and ensure your children eat green leafy vegetables. Salad "freshens without enfeebling and fortifies without irritating." (Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)
Olive oil, flaxseed oil and canola oil are ‘safe’ oils but use them sparingly.
Eat more sprouts. Add fresh bean sprout to salad or soup. Sprouts cooked with a little soy sauce and fresh flax oil makes a nutritive, enjoyable meal.
Make pizzas at home. Use low fat cheese, grilled chicken and fresh vegetables for toppings. Making pizzas at home will help you control what goes into its making.
Limit the use of cheese as much as possible; substitute cheese toppings with tofu.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. It helps suppress the feeling of hunger and gives you a feeling of fullness. “Water is a key ingredient in a healthy diet and lifestyle. There are many health benefits of drinking water. It helps flush impurities and toxins out of our systems. It aids in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. In fact, nearly every system in our bodies relies on water for proper functioning” (C.J. Gustafson)
Make one small change to your food every day. Include a healthy item like a fruit or vegetable in your menu. Don’t make a drastic change overnight as this will only make your body crave it more and you’ll end up eating larger portions than you should. 

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