Practice healthy living for a happy life

February 8, 2012

Opinion By Madilyn Newsome

PUSH-UPS MAKE you toned. I’m of the opinion that muscle tone is superior to bones for both aesthetic reasons and for health reasons.

People who exercise regularly have a healthy glow about them, likely produced by the endorphins that are released while participating in physical activities.

The point I would like to make is that if you’re interested in a healthy lifestyle, make sure you’re doing it the right way according to the type of body you were born with.

Starvation, diet pills, drugs and even obsessive exercise are damaging to one’s overall physical and emotional well-being.

I would like to see girls embrace an exercise regime that is conducive to overall health.

It might include a daily jog/walk, stretching and muscle building activities such as pushups or lighter weights, depending on your strength and abilities.

I also believe that a healthy diet, which would limit carbonated beverages, alcohol and fast food, is imperative for all people.

If drugs are involved, it’s nearly impossible to achieve a healthy weight or image.

Although exercise may be grueling in the moment, it is well worth the energy and vivaciousness you will feel afterward.

Taking care of yourself with exercise and healthy eating have long- and short-term benefits. There is a direct correlation between physical activity and happiness.

The healthier you are, the happier you are, and the happier you are, the more attractive you will be to other people.

I wish more girls, teens and women would start to realize the benefits of a fit body and quit obsessing over the scale. It is a better choice to try to achieve a realistic body type rather than trying to accomplish something that is not obtainable.

I have watched girls try to get certain measurements by starving themselves through unnatural habits in an effort to achieve an “ideal” size.

I have been “that girl,” and I realized that embracing who I am with a healthy lifestyle looks better and feels better. It is heartbreaking to see girls damage the body they were given.

I’m not saying to sit around and do nothing with oneself, but what I am saying is that there needs to be a healthy balance.

If you do nothing with yourself, it is just as damaging to you as it is to overdo it.

Get yourself out there and do what you are capable of doing to have a healthy, fun, happy lifestyle.

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