Healthy Eating and Exercise: The way to fitness

Fresh fruit, vegetables and fish

The Chief Medical Officer in her recent report tells us that most of us are now overweight.

We eat too much fat and sugar and don’t do enough exercise – and I guess we knew that.

Fresh fruit, vegetables and fishBut you and I don’t have to be in the majority – we can have a healthy body weight and get the recommended amount of exercise. By keeping down the amount of processed food we eat (the report tells us that this is calorie-dense and nutrient-poor) and cutting out the sugary drinks we will be on the right track. We are about to release a great cookbook with some lovely recipes that help us to eat really ‘clean’. Healthy foods made from raw ingredients, but quick and simple to prepare.

 

And as for exercise..

Woman on a woodland walk150 minutes of moderate activity a week – I feel really excited when I read that. It gives me a great excuse to work out in the gym 6 days a week! Or to go for a walk (aiming for those 10,000 steps a day) or oil the bike and venture out.

I’ve worked hard on building muscle in the last few weeks – knowing that muscle is great at burning calories and gives great definition. Combining this with some cross fit training has made a big difference to my fitness levels – it could work for you too!

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About Marion Foreman

I fall neatly into the ‘women who weren’t born yesterday’ category. I grew up in a turmoil of Guardian fuelled feminism. I went from ‘little woman’ to independent person in a decade. I began my nurse training in the early 70s in the midst of a male dominated university town. I convinced myself that my views must be wrong as the ultra clever men didn’t agree with me. It wasn’t until I did my degree with the OU that I realised that I had a voice – and a legitimate voice at that. Four children and three husbands later I have found my place in the world. A place that simply says that I am who I am, that I can choose my own path in life and choose those who walk with me. I have learnt that equality means making and taking opportunities, not feeling compelled to ‘do it all’.

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