Sunday, April 8, 2018

Physical Fitness For Better Health

Lifestyle change is such a hard thing to commit since it requires discipline and consistency. A dietary change for instance is hard especially when living and working in a place surrounded by instant or fast food. That is more convenient for always-on-the-go people who don't have much time to prepare their food. The physical effect could be worse since it makes people obese and prone to hypertension and a higher level of cholesterol. This urban lifestyle is making people becoming unhealthy. Looking fit but in the process of developing symptoms like pre-hypertension or hypercholesterolemia.

It was in 2016 when I felt that there's something wrong with my health. The heaviness on my head accompanied by cluster pain is making me sick. I experienced an increase in heart rate and hyperventilation. That time I felt anxious about what's happening in me. Until I seek medical help and through diagnostic and laboratory tests it was found out that I have a very high level of total cholesterol and LDL or bad cholesterol. In medical parlance, I have hypercholesterolemia and I am predisposed to cardiovascular diseases leading to heart attack or stroke if left untreated. That really scares me whenever I think of the possible consequence of the lifestyle I have chosen.

I used to be a health trainer for about 4 years and during those times I have helped people get fit and healthier in all levels of health; physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. I used to teach physical exercises and breathing techniques for health and longevity. I have reached out to more people in several cities in the Philippines and Asia. After I left my role, I am back to the old ways; less exercise and a meat-based diet that is high in fat content. I can't resist or maybe I couldn't live without meat in my diet. I didn't bother since I believe I could eat anything without getting sick. I am not obese and I didn't feel unhealthy. Until one day, I am convinced that an unhealthy and unbalanced diet is really bad for physical health since its manifestations bothered me.

In November 2017, I decided to consult a physician again and have a laboratory check, and the result is still the same. My cholesterol level remains high and I was prescribed to take the anti-cholesterol drug and dietary change. Another test 2 months after and the result was consistent though I have taken medicine but have ignored food choices. I just can't avoid eating fast food almost daily for about a year. However, I was alarmed about people getting stroke at a very young age and I don't want to experience it. So I have learned to ignore fast food, though not totally and I try to drink less soda. I started eating a lighter and preferred pescetarian diet; fish with some vegetables. Then I felt good that I can survive the dietary change. One more thing is the physical fitness to be part of the lifestyle change. I used to be physically active, so I believe I can start again.

Living in a highly urbanized city should not be an excuse not to become physically fit and healthy. In BGC, just a few steps from my new place is a good place for exercise. Built as a recreation park, the Track 30th  is for those who have an interest in any forms of exercise like jogging, brisk walking, and breathing exercises.  You can see people of all ages, young and old who are into fitness even for few hours. It's wonderful when urban planners now see the importance of having a piece of nature with trees and natural elements that make people grounded. There are bigger stones where one could sit to relax and meditate. That was bliss when finally I have the energy and enthusiasm to be back on fitness for better health. Track 30th is a good place to start and as I continue to explore, I should get more determined of the end result; to feel lighter, calmer, and healthier -- free from diseases and untoward symptoms.

The post-exercise meal should have been light and to have dropped by at my favorite bakery is also a fitspiration. Few pieces of Pandesal stuffed with Spanish-style sardines and coffee is already enough for carbohydrate and protein dietary requirements plus the antioxidant for free radicals. I should learn to prepare healthy meals and snacks to improve my health and achieve wellness. With exercise and proper diet, I can become a living testimony that we can achieve health and fitness and fight off diseases through appropriate lifestyle changes.

I am inspired to share this journey with others who may share the same story or those busy professionals who might be struggling to commit to a total lifestyle change. Physical fitness starts with a commitment followed by endurance and perseverance. It's not only today, but I hope to maintain what is ideal.  A strong physical body also follows a strong mind and spirit that's all we need.

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