Eating bad and avoiding exercise seems to be a staple of modern geek culture. I don’t know who decided it was the way that we should live, but sometimes it feels like an unspoken “pass” is given to the nerds among us when it comes to taking care of ourselves. It’s a lifestyle that I’ve grown accustomed to as well, but after a few recent discussions about stewardship, I decided to make a change: I should be taking better care of God’s temple.
Here are four simple things I’m doing to live healthier:
For me, exercising is reasonably simple; I’ve set aside some time every weekday to get some exercise in for about 30 minutes. Right now, I alternate days back and forth between strength exercises (push-ups, situps, crunches, etc) and cardio (running or biking, in my case). My routine alternates, but I generally just try to get my heart rate in the EBZ for at least 30 minutes at a time.
I’ve found that the best way to make sure this gets done is to wake up early and do it. I know, I know… “Sleep is precious… I can’t get up that early… Yadda yadda yadda.” Honestly, when I tried changing my routine to after I got home from work, I just didn’t do it. Waking up early really isn’t that bad (especially when you’re eating right), and I normally feel spectacular when I’m done with my workout. It’s worth it.
Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables. Seriously.
It can be really difficult to eat the daily recommended amounts of fruits and veggies, but your body desperately needs the nutrients they provide. Feel tired all the time and get sick a lot? Your body is probably starved of important vitamins and minerals. Lauren and I still don’t do an amazing job of this, but we’re trying to eat more of these as snacks instead of reaching for chips, cookies and the like.
Bananas, apples and oranges are great snacks and easy to keep around. For veggies, we’re both eating a lot more salad (along with some awesome organic baby spinach that’s reasonably cheap at places like Sam’s) and opting for fresher side items. The more fruits and veggies you eat, the more you crave them. They just make you feel awesome.
By the way, french fries, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese don’t count.
Take Healthy Supplements That Actually Do Stuff
We’ve begun taking Cod Liver Oil and Whole Food Multivitamins every day. Cod Liver Oil sounds absolutely disgusting, but it isn’t bad at all (get this kind), and is pretty much a miracle food that’s full of Omega 3′s and essential vitamins. Whole Food Multivitamins are similar to your regular multivitamin (which you don’t really absorb), but they’re comprised of dehydrated fruits and veggies that absorb completely into your body within 20 minutes. The Alive! brand has good reviews.
You’re Going to Snack, So Snack Healthy
When you get the munchies during the day, make a habit of eating stuff that will actually give you energy instead of throwing you into a coma. Fruit is awesome (as mentioned above), and healthy nuts like pistachios and walnuts are amazingly good for you (and you’ll actually enjoy eating them!).
Recent studies have shown that you can drop your bad cholesterol levels by 27% in just three weeks by eating a good amount of pistachios every day. What have your potato chips done for you lately?
I’ve been doing everything outlined above for about a month. How do I feel? Pretty great! The amount of energy I have is probably the most noticeable change so far. I don’t feel like death now when I wake up in the morning, and I don’t run into that 2:00pm drag any more. Give it a shot and see how you feel.
What are you doing to stay healthy? Is this post too ridiculously off topic for you? Let us know in the comments below!