It’s here!!! #FitnessFridays – I’m starting up this new series where I’ll be talking about fitness every week. This is because feeling healthy and being proud of your body is a big step towards being happy. Don’t get the wrong idea, this post isn’t going to be like Men’s Health, where I talk about how to get a six-pack in 5 minutes. I will cover physical fitness, but only
staying fit and healthy, not being at the gym 24/7. Also, I will talk about mental fitness, and how to stimulate and sharpen your mind. Finally, I will talk about diet as well, because it’s very important to put healthy food into your body, which can actually affect your mood and happiness (and of course it gives you the energy you need for the day).
DISCLAIMER: This post will largely focus on health as well as fitness. However, I like alliteration, and “Health & Fitness Fridays” doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Health – a state of complete mental, physical and social well-being; not merely the absence of illness or infirmity.
Fitness – the ability to meet the demands of the environment.
Week 1: DIET:
Today I’m going to be talking about diet, and the best food to eat. Everyone knows fruit and vegetables are good for you, and you need to have your five-a-day. But do you know why each individual type of fruit and vegetable is good for your body? In this post I’ll focus on fruit.
(I won’t cover all the effects of each fruit, just the main effects)
Berries – Slow down brain ageing and protect your heart.
Bananas – Make us more alert (as they give us more energy).
Watermelon – Keeps memory sharp and helps control heart rate.
Cherries – Help calm your nervous system.
Peaches – Rich in potassium, fluoride and iron.
Strawberries – Can potentially help fight against cancer and ageing.
Pineapples – Help fight arthritis.
Kiwis – Increase bone mass.
Grapes – Relax blood vessels and helps the brain retain new information.
Apples – Helps your body develop resistance against infections.
Oranges – Maintains good skin and vision, as well as providing a lot of vitamin C.
Mangos – Protect against several kinds of cancer.
I eat a lot of fruit, and a juicy fruit salad can serve as a tasty alternative to sweets and chocolate for pudding (if you’re trying to go cold turkey on chocolate and sweets). Fruit is very healthy and refreshing, and I hope this post shows you just how good they are for the body. So really, there’s no excuse not to have your five-a-day.