There are many things that make this world so unique. The many countries that encompass the globe all have their own traditions, customs, languages and all of the people being so unalike is what makes for such a great world. Each part of the world has its own take on fitness, health and dieting, so upon a further glance, we see that the way in which we here in America approach aspects of healthy living outside of the gym, are much different than that of others.
Taking a closer look at the practices of many from around the world, helps us to better understand our bodies and how we can better treat them for the desired results. It’s sad that North America is home to only 6 percent of the world’s population, but accounts for 34 percent of the world’s weight due to obesity, contributing to mounting stateside rates of diabetes and heart disease. Here are just a few things that you can try in your daily healthy living to see how they help you with everything from weight loss to muscle gain.
America is usually thought of as a hustle and bustle country, where everything is fast, including the food. There are many people who reduce their carbon footprints and increase their overall health by slowing it down a little and ditching their car for a more cleaner powered mode of transportation. For instance in the Netherlands, bikes actually outnumber the people. More than half of Dutch bike owners use their two-wheelers for daily activities, such as running errands and commuting to work. With so much pollution and illnesses arising from all of the fumes and chemicals we put into the air, adopting a healthier way to get around would be good for our bodies and the planet. In fact, it’s been tested and proven that exercise before work will actually help you work better throughout the day.
Changing when and how we eat, two simple adjustments could make the world of difference in the health of millions of American. Traditionally, Mexicans eat their largest meal between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. Getting the bulk of your daily calories at breakfast and lunch, rather than lunch and dinner as is typical in the United States, can fuel a productive day, while eating less at night helps you wake up ready for a bigger breakfast. Downsizing dinner to smaller portions can also help beat the obesity epidemic.
Each year, the average Icelander eats 225 pounds of cold-water fish such as char, herring, and cod. Herein the U.S our numbers are a far cry from that, as we only put away a mere 48 pounds of fish each year. These numbers need to drastically improve in order for us all to boost health as a nation. Loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, which help to ward off weight gain, heart disease, and inflammation, fish needs to climb the ladder to the top of the food chain in America, and fast. Omega 3s also support healthy brain cell function, endorphin levels, and increase positive moods. Aiming for two o three servings of fish per week is ideal, especially if we want to catch up to the Icelandic’s.
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