Wednesday, 20 July 2011

My guilty pleasure

My Rccent Haul
 Anyone who knows me, knows I have a serious addiction to fitness magazines. They are definitely a guilty pleasure of my mine. I actively subscribe to Self and Runner's World, but most months I probably also buy at least one or two more, typically Women's Health and Shape. It sounds excessive I know, but I find them extremely motivating!

The lifestyle they promote is definitely one I aspire to achieve, and having a body like their various covergirls wouldn't hurt either. Obviously they focus heavily on exercise, diet, and health - but there is also a strong relationship component that really encourages a well-balanced, happy, successful life. And at the end of this journey, as well as having a rocking bikini body, I also hope to be in a place where I can say I have struck that ellusive balance.

In this month's Women's Health there was an article published trumpeting the effects of healthy lifestyle on cancer prevention, reminding me why finding the right balance has more than just superficial benefits.The American Institute for Cancer Research has released a study that suggests that more than 35% of all cancer cases could be prevented with lifestyle changes. The research advocates a lifestyle that includes; a plant-based diet, attained by filling two-thirds of your plate with fruits, veggies, and whole grains, incorportating 30 minutes of exercise into your daily routine, and maintaining a healthy weight range. The prevention effects of this lifestyle varies depending on the type of cancer with the study suggesting effects within a range of 70% for Endometrical cancer, 38% for Breast, and finally 24% for Kidney. The main message was ringing loud and clear for me though, and the steps that I am taking on this journey are the right ones, and they mean more than feeling good in a bikini. Living smart means living a long, healthy, and rewarding life, and that is exactly what I intend to do.

Love your favourite Darwinian Fail,