No one knows everything, and anyone who is wise will tell you that they are not. The more you learn the more you may come to realize just how little you know. With that in mind, when it comes to health and fitness most people who strive to be more healthy should know some things on this list. But, I would like to wager that you will say “Huh, I didn’t know that” to at least one of these items. I know I did on more than one.
1. Six-pack abs indicate nothing about your strength, your flexibility, your stamina, your speed, or your overall level of health.
This one will probably be a relief to many of you who have struggled to lose weight or get down to the “perfect” shape (which doesn’t exist by the way). The caveat here is that defined abs are only visible because there is a low amount of body fat. Just having this low amount of body fat does not make one have good core stability or reduce the risk of injury during exercise or other activities. Also, there is no such thing as spot reduction. You cannot do 10,000 crunches a day and then suddenly have perfect abs. Weight comes off evenly, and the first place it stored is the last place it’s lost. So yes, it is good to reduce the overall amount of excess body fat, especially through a clean diet and good exercise routine, but it may be better for goals and mental health not to set one’s sights on washboard abs if there is a significant amount of visceral or abdominal fat.
2. Worldwide, people consume 500 extra calories a day from sugar, which is roughly the amount of calories needed to gain a pound a week.
It should be known that sugar, particularly processed refined white sugar is extremely detrimental to a healthy lifestyle. Numerous studies detail the effects of refined sugar in the diet. One of the main sources of this excessive sugar is in sugary sodas and drinks. Another source is processed foods. Sugar is used in foods to increase shelf lives, among other things, but all that sugar only serves to increase the chances of diabetes, weight gain, hormone imbalance, and numerous other health problems.
3. A lack of exercise is now causing as many deaths as smoking across the world, a study suggests.
This one is a serious issue. While the study was done on UK subjects, its results still hold true to America, where there are more obese people and sick people than in any other country. In part of the study, Dr. I-Min Lee states that being physically inactive is comparable in terms of risks of heart disease, cancers, and diabetes to that of smoking. She used this comparison because the effects of inactivity are that serious. As America increases more and more work in service industries, many empployees lead a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting at wokr all day, sitting in traffic, sitting at home, and never really moving is extremely detrimental. One of the biggest culprits is what I call the “one-eyed monster” or the “idiot box.” On average, Americans spend 5 hours in front of the TV per day. Adults are recommended to have 150 minutes or 2.5 hours of physical activity per week. So in just one viewing session per day, you could get twice the amount of recommended activity for the week in.
4. Farting helps reduce high blood pressure and is good for your health.
On a lighter note than #3, this one could strike up some strange or interesting conversation. Scientists already knew that bacteria in our colons produces hydrogen sulphide or the gas that gives flatulence its pungency. However, they have also found that an enzyme in blood vessels also produces the gas. Here its purpose is to relax the vessels and thereby decreasing blood pressure. Scientists want to reseaarch how the gas can be used as a treatment for hypertension instead of medicines currently available.
5. McDonalds’ Caesar salad is more fattening than their hamburger.
6. Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 15 minutes of exercise on a stationary bicycle.
You don’t need a doctorate to know that laughter truly is good medicine. This is why we watch funny movies, tell jokes to one another, and love to have a good time with friends and family. In the Bible, Proverb 17:22 states that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Our hearts and minds do much better when happy or joyful than in a fallen countenance. You’ve also probably felt that side-splitting laughter that hurts but you just can’t stop because your friend is hilarious. Laughter helps increase blood flow, facilitate better breathing, and boost the immune system. Laughter also helps to remove blockages from arteries caused by stress. The contractions in your abdominals and intercostal muscles (the ones in between your ribs) helps these muscles get fired up and burn more calories than if you remained a grumpy gus. So by all means, laugh it up. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others, laugh at your dog chasing his own tail, just laugh. Doing it enough will help your health and improve your overall wellbeing.
I hope you found these informative or at least interesting. Check out the rest of the facts on the list and see if at least one didn’t catch your eye. If it didn’t then I just lost that bet, and will take that as a sign to never go to Las Vegas casinos.