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staying healthy

Staying Healthy (10 ways to stay healthy)

It’s easy to stay healthy when you play sports and eat well. But with not being able to play sports recently for reasons mentioned in my last post, I’ve needed to find other ways to stay healthy. And that’s what I want to give to you guys who don’t play sports so much.

The key to staying healthy, I believe, is exercise and a good diet. I’ll touch on both of those here, first starting with ways to get exercise that even elderly people can do. In total, I hope this will be a resource for people who are looking for “10 ways to stay healthy.”

5 Ways to Get Exercise without Playing Sports

  1. Go for a hike around a lake or a mountain trail.
  2. Get a treadmill in your home, so you can walk while you watch movies.
  3. Get a dog so you’re forced to walk it everyday.
  4. Babysit a toddler or a grandson and take them to the park.
  5. Go on a canoe ride with paddles if you have any bodies of water nearby. If not, bicycling is also nice, or simply walking around the city.

5 Ways to Get Yourself Eating Healthier

  1. Take vitamin supplements, after getting a blood test and a professional opinion.
  2. Remove something from your diet and stick with it, like sugar or carbs.
  3. Hire a personal trainer, a good one.
  4. Get a friend or family member to be an accountability partner, so that they go through the same steps as you and you motivate each other.
  5. Stop eating out and ordering food to your house. Instead, cook all your meals at home. This is also a great way to learn new recipes and become a better cook for the whole family.

All together, these 10 things, if you do them all, should be enough to get healthy or stay healthy, and even if you just pick 2 of them your results will be greatly improved. I know because these are the things I’ve been doing. If none of them appeal to you, create your own list and do that! Whatever you decide, deciding anything is the first step and sticking with it is most of the battle. So just stick with it, don’t give up and you’ll start noticing a change pretty soon!

Getting your “stuff” together…

This might come as a surprise to some, but I’m a HUGE fan of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. I love listening to him because of the choice of guests he has on and the topics he discusses. My favorite topic of his is “getting your sh*t together” although I like to say stuff instead of the S-word. Today, I want to yank my own twist on the end of this subject to offer a new perspective.

As a sports fanatic I always had an inkling of the importance of getting your stuff together because you can’t be a strong athlete if you eat cake on the couch while watching other people play sports. If you want to play sports well yourself and not just watch them on the TV then cake is the last thing you should eat.

Before I put my on spin on this though, you might want to watch this cool video by Joe Rogan. He’ll cover stuff I won’t, so check it out:

Why I think more people should get their stuff together!

Before I delve deep, let me just throw eight pointers at you to get started:

  1. Because your family needs you.
  2. Because it’s never too late to get your health in order.
  3. Because there’s a reason you’re here on this planet, a reason only you can discover if you look for it.
  4. Because the world wouldn’t be the same without you.
  5. Because you’ll set an example for future generations.
  6. Because you’ll be able to have more fun outside.
  7. Because there’s still so much in this world you haven’t tried yet.
  8. Because it would be a shame if you didn’t at least try.

Now delving deeper, let me broach the recent experience in my life that really motivated me to get my stuff together. As everyone should know, many sports around the world were postponed and cancelled, temporarily deemed unsafe, ever since the virus pandemic came out of China. So, because I can only play lacrosse by myself in the backyard, I decided to try some new things, like playing video games I never got around to trying, tasting unhealthy foods I’ve never tried before, and watching TV shows I never got around to. I bet you know where this is going now. To make an embarrassing story shorter, I started to get very unhealthy and gained a lot of wait in the last 2 months. Things didn’t turn around for me until my uncle who repairs appliances visited our quaint little home in Penticton. The last time I saw my uncle I was too young to understand why being lazy was harmful let alone the importance of getting your stuff together. Well, I’m a little older now and for the first time in my life I saw just how lazy I was being because I was able to compare my lazy actions to those of my uncle who is an animal when it comes to working hard and getting stuff done.

After the first day of having my uncle in the house, I felt so bad for watching TV and playing video games because in less than 8 hours my uncle managed to fix our broken freezer in the basement, plant a new tree in the backyard, scrub the walls, and cook the healthiest dinner I think I’ve ever had in my life. In the first hour I thought my uncle was crazy, but by dinner time I realized that I was just actually looking at the world the wrong way. At the dinner table, I asked him why he works so hard and he just wondered what I meant. After a bit of discussion I realized that he wasn’t even aware of how hard he was working. He just has a hard time staying still and was really never one to waste time. I was so motivated by his reaction to my question that I decided to be like him.

Not being able to play my favorite sport (lacrosse) is no excuse to do nothing. I know that now. My uncle has already gone home to Ontario but his spirit still flows in my bones. Take today for example. Today, I managed to get so much done, including writing this blog post, and now I think there’s no way I’ll ever be lazy again. I really got my stuff together and I can’t wait to see how far my newfound work ethic takes me in life. I’m crying just thinking of it…

If you need to get your stuff together, watch more Joe Rogan because he is a supplement for my uncle. You can do it!