Exercise was an inherent part of our daily routine, effortlessly woven into our lives as we frequented the park without fail.

In those simpler times, electronic games were nonexistent, and our encounters with the television screen were few and far between.

Instead, our leisure hours were devoted to the enchantment of books, immersing ourselves in captivating tales.

Like everyone else, I must admit my guilt for succumbing to the allure of unhealthy junk food.

The World Health Organisation is aware of the detrimental effects it has on our well-being and has made it clear that this is a leading cause of illness.

Unfortunately, nutritious food remains out of reach for those less fortunate, as it is simply unaffordable for the poor.

On the flip side, it must be acknowledged that processed food undeniably tantalises our taste buds with its irresistible flavours. However, it falls short of fulfilling our hunger and fails to provide lasting satiety.

During the 1970s, when I entered this world, our meals consisted of wholesome, organically cultivated potatoes and vegetables. Our plates were graced with genuine, unprocessed meat.

Indulging in crisps and sweets was a rare delight, and a visit to McDonald’s was an annual occurrence, if at all.

Takeaway meals were a monthly affair, typically consisting of fish and chips lovingly wrapped in newspaper.

Back in the day, we were nourished thrice daily, with no indulgence in snacks between meals, and the portions served were merely a fraction of what kids devour in the present era.

Let’s not get it twisted; people tend to enjoy fried and sugary foods rather than vegetables and whole grains.

I must admit that I am not particularly fond of consuming vegetables.

However, I have discovered a delightful solution to incorporate them into my diet by preparing a refreshing vegetable smoothie.

On the other hand, I have no qualms about indulging in fruits if they do not belong to the citrus family.

Growing up in a family with a strong athletic background, my love for sports has been ingrained in me from a young age.

However, it was when I turned 19 that I discovered my true passion for weight training.

Admittedly, my dietary habits haven’t always been the most balanced.

But ever since I embarked on my fitness journey and began intense football training four months ago, my body has been undergoing a remarkable transformation.

They say that your stomach is your second brain, and I couldn’t agree more.

The impact of a healthy diet on both my physical and mental well-being has become evident, further fueling my dedication to maintaining a nourishing lifestyle.

I would never advise taking shortcuts to lose weight.

I must admit that a lack of exercise was not beneficial for my overall health.

In recent years, I have become quite lazy and unmotivated.

In my youth, the allure of consistent practice, lay in the fact that our bodies possess remarkable muscle memory.

Engaging in physical activity amidst the embrace of nature proves to be beneficial for our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

My cousin, an athlete, and I are determined not to let the weather control our training sessions at the nearby park.

We fearlessly embrace the opportunity to get muddy and drenched.

I’ve grown tired of hearing endless excuses, and I must admit, I’ve made a few myself to avoid exercising.

Individuals experiencing palpitations or asthma often believe they are too ill to engage in physical activity, unaware that exercise can be beneficial and help strengthen their condition.

Arthritis is yet another common excuse for avoiding exercise. However, I’ve come to learn that neglecting to use our bodies enough can worsen the symptoms.

Engaging in regular physical exercises can greatly enhance joint functionality.

Specifically, activities such as walking or participating in water-based exercises prove to be highly beneficial for individuals experiencing knee issues.

Embracing a sedentary existence is far from the solution to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, particularly when one possesses a hearty appetite.

However, depriving yourself of food may result in weight loss and severe illness.

Overeating without movement often leads to obesity and stress on the heart and lungs.

I firmly hold the belief that our stomach serves as our second brain, primarily because whenever I find myself in a state of depression or anxiety, my appetite completely vanishes.

The mere thought of eating becomes unappealing to me.

Interestingly, some individuals respond in a completely contrasting manner, resorting to overindulgence in food during such emotional states.

Intense training became my ultimate solution. It went beyond mere weight loss and focused on body conditioning, toning, strength, and overall well-being.

I hold the conviction that irrespective of your size, shape, or physique, you possess the ability to achieve optimal health without resorting to restrictive diets.

The essence lies in wholeheartedly dedicating yourself to a consistent routine, cultivating unwavering discipline, and cherishing your self-worth.

In everything, there must be a balance.

Natalie Bleau

Scripture of Balance

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