Living a healthy lifestyle is hard work. Maintaining it is even harder. According to a recent statistic, 23.1% of adults in the United States are physically inactive and 29.9% of them are obese. How are some kids and teenagers supposed to live healthy when their parents set such bad examples for them?
Do not be mistaken, for there are some parents who actually teach their kids the steps of good health and hygiene. However, the United States as a whole could definitely learn a lesson or two on staying fit and eating healthy.
Michael Lankford, a bodybuilder and father-of-two, describes what motivates him to stay healthy.
“We owe it to our children and grandchildren to live as long as possible without being dependent on anyone else. Health problems impede happiness,” says Lankford.
It’s not as easy as it may sound. There are many setbacks people face when trying to become healthier versions of themselves. Take Lankford for example.
“I eat too much sugar and salty foods. Mainly I weigh too much for my height. This is a result of my lifetime being a serious weightlifter. I am told it is not healthy carrying this much mass (280 lbs. at 5’7) as I get older,” Lankford says.
Although it is very important to have good health, sometimes people take it way too far. In fact, there is a medical condition known as orthorexia where people obsess over what they eat.
“Orthorexia is an obsession with eating a “pure” diet, which can mean avoiding foods with unhealthy fats, added sugar or salt, genetic modifications, artificial colors, or flavors and preservatives. And it’s becoming increasingly common-in part due to the way #cleaneating is glorified on Instagram,” according to Kathryn Siegel from Greatist.
If eating “pure” foods is not something you are particularly good at, there are still plenty of other options to stay healthy. Try and look for an exercise activity where you still enjoy yourself, such as yoga or hiking.
“I do anaerobic exercise, or weightlifting, four days per week. I also do aerobic exercises up to three times per week. A few of the things I also do include vitamins, herbs and drinking plenty of water,” says Lankford.
There are many different aspects when it comes to living healthy. However, the main one is not putting yourself in danger by exercising too intensely or starving yourself of foods that are essential to your well-being. Yes, being healthy is important, but safety means more.