Healthy Lifestyle Challenge: The Way Fitness Should Be Tip #9

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It's important to partner exercise with proper nutrition. Here are a couple of key principles to provide a basic foundation of using and enjoying food properly as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Eat more food during the waking/working part of the day and less at the last meal or before going to bed.
The body is conditioned to conserve food energy, and is remarkably efficient at storing extra calories as fat. It is a common practice to eat too sparingly during the early parts of the day and then over-consume in the evening. The opposite should be true. The human body should be well-nourished during the day to achieve maximum energy and body function. An individual can think, work, and actually function more effectively if the body is supplied with the needed food for nourishment.
Choose foods that are natural and nutritious as a major part of daily intake and minimize processed foods that don’t contribute to a healthy diet.
It is easiest for the body to digest and assimilate foods that are not overly processed. As food is a necessary and vital part of daily living like water and oxygen, choosing natural, whole foods provides the body with greater absorption of nutrients for best function and health. Food can and should be consumed to satisfy both physical needs and to fulfill the desires of taste and pleasure. One should take the time to educate him/herself with good information on nutritious foods, then evaluate personal eating habits in order to make modifications and improve their quality of health.
The primary function of food is to provide our bodies with energy so remember to eat in relation to your activity level. Proper nutrition is important so we can feel good, look good, be healthy and live a happy, balanced life.


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