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Life Goals: Loving and Taking Care of Yourself

Many of us are working so hard for our families, we are career oriented, wanting to achieve our biggest dreams and to be able to influence others with our intelligence, talents, and skills. We are so busy with many things and almost of our hours are spent for work, neglecting our health for not having time to see a doctor, rest, relax, or even eat. Fathers wake up early to be ready for work and stay up late at night to finish a paperwork, while mothers are busy taking care of their children, preparing meals, doing household chores and attending their kid’s school events. In fact, even single young adults don’t have time to exercise, because they are too busy building their career or socializing, and they prefer eating in a restaurant, fast food or in their apartment with easy-to-prepare but not nutritious meals.

Research show that high obesity rates are brought about by poor diet, consumption of pizza, chips, chocolates, soda, burger, ice cream, and other junk food and processed food, and they are usually falsely advertised, but don’t really give any health benefits. We don’t realize the importance of our bodies, but we have to be enlightened and be serious about loving and taking care our bodies, because it is our only vessel to enjoy life to the fullest, with our families and friends. You can start by selecting fresh fruits, vegetables and whole food, instead of refined and processed food. Fresh bananas are easy to grab, stirring a glass of milk and eating a homemade food are easy with time management. It is better to consume beans and grains that refined sugars, whole wheat bread than white bread, oatmeals and cereals, honey, brown or muscovado sugar than white sugar, and brown rice than white rice.

Whether you prefer early in the morning or before you go to sleep, it is important to set a time for exercising, to increase muscle strength, endurance and burn body calories, so you need to set an alarm to your smartphone about your preferred exercise time which is thirty minutes per day. Once you start and get used to exercising, it becomes a part of your system, then it becomes your hobby and eventually a part of your daily routine, creating a significant improvement not only physically but also emotionally, socially and spiritually. Use the staircase instead of the elevator, walk instead of driving nearby grocery store, and take some time running, swimming or playing your favorite sport on your free time.

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