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Build a better body: A Better Internal Body

Updated on June 18, 2007

STEP 1: A Better Internal Body - focusing on what we are putting inside our bodies and how we are treating them from the inside out.

Three major things affect our internal health:

  1. What we eat
  2. Sleep
  3. And Stress

What we eat:

We are all familiar with that saying "you are what you eat" - and it still holds true, what you put in your mouth directly affects your health. The number one suggestion: EAT WHOLE FOODS- meaning, eat foods that are not processed. Try to stay on the outsides on the shopping center, away from the packaged goods, focus on fresh fruit and vegetables, and frozen fishes and meats. Stay away from processes sugar, avoid "high fructose" sugar, your body has a hard time converting high fructose sugar into energy and as a result it often gets stored as fat. Take time each week to shop for the fresh things you need, and when you cook, make extra for lunch the next day so you don't have to eat out.

How we sleep:

We are all different in the amount of sleep we need, but the one thing most of us have in common is that we aren't getting enough! The average person needs 8 hours of sleep, real sleep, not 2 hours laying in bed with the TV on. Avoid distractions, get into bed and be quite, if you can't sleep try reading rather than the TV. Keep the room dark and cool for a better nights sleep, and if you are still having trouble contact your doctor, lack of sleep can lead to serious medical problems.

Our stress level:

Unfortunately it is almost impossible to avoid in our society, but try to reduce stress as much as possible because it's effects are never good. Stress causes everything from weight gain and acne to high blood pressure and heart problems! Approach problems one at a time, make lists and time tables, staying organized can help reduce stress. Also take time out each day to relax, get outside for a quick walk at lunch or send some time doing something you enjoy after work- giving yourself sometime away from your worries can greatly reduce stress and it's negative effects!

Step 1 (Internal Health) is the most important of them all, because without Step 1 it is impossible to complete the rest. With Step 1 down, you can move onto Step 2 (Better Arms!)

AND REMEMBER: There are very few unrealistic goals; only goals with unrealistic deadlines. So keep laying those bricks, every day, one at a time, and do not become discouraged (and remember, all major construction project have some set backs, you need to work through them and push on!) Eventually, you will build yourself a palace.

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