Hey you! Yes you! Put down the chips and candy! I get it, it’s still summertime and we want to over indulge in all of our favorite snacks. But take it from me, as someone who has struggled with weight issues, I come not to preach, but to warn you of the dangers caused by obesity and what you can do to prevent it.
Did you know by having a poor diet, your brain activity can change? According to factretriever.com, being obese can cause short term memory loss (STML). Teens are the ones most exposed to STML because they don’t exercise enough at home or at the gym. Obesity is a result of many things: Not enough exercise, poor eating habits, and overeating. Those who suffer from obesity, may start to experience diabetes, high blood pressure, trouble breathing and sleeping, and anxiety. Yikes! If these reasons alone don’t scare you straight, check out the ways you can lower our chances of obesity below:
I know what you are thinking: “But I hate fruits and vegetables!” I know, I don’t like them either. But can’t you at least try one? Take broccoli for instance. Did you know that broccoli has a rich source of vitamin C? According to Nutrition-and-you.com, “Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin C.” Why is vitamin C good for you? Well, according to Healthline.com: “Studies have shown that vitamin C may help lower blood pressure in those both with and without high blood pressure.” Healthline also states that healthy snacks such as Greek yogurt with berries, protein shakes, and turkey roll ups are all healthy snacks.
Check it out. Drinking water is essential, especially during the hot summer months. You’ll start to dehydrate if you don’t drink enough and no one wants that! You can drink plenty of water anytime and anywhere. This will benefit your body tremendously. How you ask? Water improves brain performance, prevents less headaches, improves physical state, and most importantly, makes you lose weight. Surprising isn’t it?
If you don’t have access to the gym, decide to workout at home. Going outside to take a walk or run is the easiest way to keep active. If you prefer something else, you can do other activities at home. EvilCyber.com offers these great tips:
*Chest and triceps: Do three sets of pushups
*Back/Biceps: Do three pull-ups
*Legs: Do 8-15 reps per set
*Abs: Do three sets of crunches 8-15 repetitions.
Remember to take a 60 second break in between each exercise.
There you have it. Hopefully these tips will put you on track for a healthier lifestyle.
By Jesus Luna, Sophomore, TF South