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Knowledge Is Power, Ignorance Is Disaster!

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Time and time again, I have heard people say that they don’t have the time or energy to do what it takes to be healthy. They complain that it is hard enough just going to work and taking care of their kids. And on top of that, they say, it’s too much to expect them to watch what they eat, exercise three to five times a week, stay away from chemicals, buy organic, etc.. They just can’t do it.

But is it really too much to ask? Everyone wants to live a long time with a high quality of life, right? What these individuals forget is that being healthy it is not an all or nothing choice. You can’t overhaul all your health related habits overnight, but you can continuously improve upon them. By taking small steps in the right direction, you will be improving your health, so don’t feel like you’re falling short of the ideal.

Besides, no one said you had to be perfect. You can occasionally indulge in a dessert or even a hot dog at a baseball game. The problem arises when you indulge unhealthy habits too frequently or worse yet, daily. That can cause medical problems in the long run.

Take control of your life!
When it comes to your health, ignorance is not bliss. Knowing what is good or bad for you, may one day save your life. For example, imagine a young man that eats a high salt, high fat diet and lives a very sedentary life. Let’s also imagine that he is unaware of how unhealthy it is to lead such a lifestyle. Because of that ignorance, he has a major heart attack in his forties and it kills him. If he had known that the way he was living was dangerous, he might have made some different choices and lived a little healthier. Those healthier choices might have been enough to have prevented the heart attack that killed him. The information was out there that could have saved his life. The problem is that he never paid it any attention.

Here are a few choices he might have made differently, if he had just learned a little bit more about health.

  1. Bought different groceries: He ate a lot of chips and cookies and a limited amount of vegetables. With more knowledge, he might have bought more fruits and vegetables and made those a bigger part of his meals.  He might have saved the chips and cookies for parties.
  2. Limited fast food: He ate fast food daily.  After learning about the health effects of fast food, he might have only had it once a week.
  3. Prepared his foods differently: He barbecued and fried his foods a lot.  Armed with knowledge about healthy living, he might have decided to primarily bake, broil or poach his foods and saved barbecuing or frying for special occasions.
  4. Decreased his intake of alcohol: He drank fairly heavily most days and drank margaritas until he passed out at least once a week.  Knowing how that behavior would effect his health, he might have only drank a few times a week and always in moderation.
  5. Increased his activity: He spent all his free time watching movies or playing video games.  Knowing the benefits of regular exercise, he might have started taking a daily half hour walk during his lunch break or after dinner.

Those changes wouldn’t turn him into the ultimate health nut, but they would have been enough to make him significantly healthier and at lower risk for many health conditions.  So, that shows how making any improvements are a good thing.  After all, being healthy is not an all or nothing situation.  The more you do, the healthier you’ll be, so you just want to start down the path and go as far as you are able.  The farther you go, the more you’ll find that you can get farther than you expected.

Knowledge is power, so learn as much as you can about staying healthy and try to implement what you have learned.  It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult.  Just learn as much as you can and implement one thing at a time.  Think about how much you love life and how you want to be around for a long time.  That will motivate you to learn more about health and to make changes to become healthier!

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  1. […] Isulong Articles placed an observative post today on Knowledge Is Power, Ignorance Is Disaster!Here’s a quick excerpt Photo by Stewart via Flickr Time and time again, I have heard people say that they don’t have the time or energy to do what it takes to be healthy. They complain that it is hard enough just going to work and taking care of their kids. And on top of that, they say, it’s too much to expect them to watch what they eat, exercise three to five times a week, stay away from chemicals, buy organic, etc.. They just can’t do it. But is it really too much to ask? Everyone wants to live a long time with […]

  2. Mark says:

    “Knowledge is power, so learn as much as you can about staying healthy and try to implement what you have learned. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult. ” Absolutely agree! Thanks for this!

  3. Rosy says:

    Excellent post, alittle goes along way. I try to make changes every week. That’s right no one is perfect. I use to buy organic cans beans, but now I make my own pot of beans that I can control what goes in them. Making little changes does make a huge difference!

  4. Christa says:

    Small steps push people onto the road to wellness, which can then become a way of life. Too often, people are overwhelmed and don’t make any change. So many of the major conditions (heart disease, stroke, diabetes) can be prevented with healthy behaviors.

    I appreciate your pragmatic approach!

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