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Four biggest modern challenges to a healthy lifestyle

Posted On : Dec-20-2010 | seen (670) times | Article Word Count : 530 |

You have entire pages of advice about how to lose weight, how to eat more healthily, how to avoid common illnesses, how to overcome depression and other topical issues. It seems that the awareness of what food to buy, which activities to engage in and anything else that can possibly influence our well-being is at all-time highs.
It is a massive paradox that we live in a civilization that places a high value on a healthy lifestyle, but at the same time is conducive to a series of nasty diseases and conditions it helped develop. When you turn on television or cast a magazine open, you have quite a chance that part of what you watch or read is centered around the idea of getting in shape or staying fit. You have entire pages of advice about how to lose weight, how to eat more healthily, how to avoid common illnesses, how to overcome depression and other topical issues. It seems that the awareness of what food to buy, which activities to engage in and anything else that can possibly influence our well-being is at all-time highs. At the same time, these conditions are spreading at a stunning pace, despite the fact that they are so well described and diagnosed. The reason for this contradiction is that there are four challenges that stand between people's intention to lead a wholesome life and the reality which is typically not very healthy.

The first one is the domination of a sedentary lifestyle at home and at work, which stands in plain contrast to the requirement to move around a lot if you want to stay in shape. In offices across the developed world, people are practically chained to their work stations and even if their employers encourage them to get a move on, they rarely bother. After decades of exposure to this sort of living arrangement, they are effectively hardwired to do so without thinking too much. They do not even question their choices too often, perpetuating a downward spiral they are on in terms of physical and mental fitness. Sadly, homes and schools are also designed to contribute to this sitting life.

The second obstacle is the drive towards conspicuous consumption that, again, cannot be good for a healthful balance. This is the direct roots of obesity, for instance, with food packages getting bigger and bigger as people's capability to process this intake of calories actually dwindles as a result of more and more stationary life. But is is not only excess fat that unrestrained consumption causes, but more importantly a certain mindset that can be summed up as more is better, bigger is better. This flies right in the face of all this health-related advice in newspapers, online and elsewhere.

The third aspect is a run on prices that resulted in low-quality competition elbowing out better alternatives solely on the merit of being cheaper. Since the global flow of products became a fact of life, producing things faster and cheaper is no longer a problem, but the fallout has to be compromises in quality. Instead of low carb bread from the best bakeries, a lot of consumers go for budget replacements, for example.

Finally, we are also being dragged away from a healthy lifestyle by the prevalence of consumer electronics, from a mobile to a graphics tablet, that move our efforts from a physical space into the digital world, where we barely need to tap the keyboard to get things done.

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I am a web designer working for a computer repair Miami company, a passionate writer and a healthy lifestyle enthusiast. I write articles about healthy food like low carb bread. I am also a computer specialist writing about computers and accessories like mini mouse or graphics tablet.

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