Just to put some things in perspective, 20 something years ago there was no way near the technology available to us as it is today from medication to machines. We live in a society of convenience, we want everything to be so much easier but to every pro there is always a con. We want instant gratification, if we are hungry we want to eat right now, back in the day you had to go to the grocery store, get the food and cook it before you got to eat, there were no microwaves, no fast food. We had be a lot more active to get things done, no computers, internet and you had to be patient in order to get things done like banking or shopping. But all this convenience makes us lazy, less active but our bodies are not suppose to stay idle by nature.
If you think about the food today, majority of it is now processed in some kind of way, deli meats, hot dogs, frozen dinners, canned foods, and pre-made sauces, etc. Processed means treated with chemicals to make them last longer. We know that fresh food only has a few days of shelf life, so you have to do something make things last for months but the problem is that most of the chemicals are not easy on our bodies. If you look at a lot of the frozen dinners, pre-made sauces or hot dogs, all of them are VERY high in sodium. Sodium is salt and if you consume too much over a long period of time, you can get hypertension aka high blood pressure. High blood pressure makes you prone to heart attacks or strokes.
Also food like twinkies, cup cakes or anything high in sugar can eventually lead to diabetes. We don't pay attention to how we eat, we just go and do it as a habit but the forementioned items are just a very small issue of what we experience in everyday life. There is pollution in the air from the cars we drive, the water we drink everyday is chemically treated and contain bleach or other ingredients that kill bacteria and sanitizes the water to make it "safe" to drink, meats contain anti-biotics, produce has pesticides and the list goes on. Do you think microwaving food is natural or comes without any side effects? Cell phones, TVs, computers and other gadgets transmit radiation and/or electronic frequencies and radiation. So if you think back 20+ years ago majority of this wasn't available.
So common sense tells you that all these things combined over your lifetime can't be healthy, now in addition, you don't help it by drinking, smoking, eating too much or not excercising. That can have severe consquences later in life. I don't know about you but I don't want to be 60 walking around with an oxygen tank or in a wheel chair. I want to be able to walk around and be active and live a long and healthy life. I don't mean that you have to be a complete health nut but you just need to be aware and maybe incorporate a few healthy habits in your daily routine like working out 3 to 4 times per week, make sure you eat balanced meals, cut down on processed food, do things in moderation.
What does excercise do for you?
Well it does a whole lot! Cardio for instance will strengthen your heart, when your heart pumps strong that means your blood in your veins get a stronger push. It can help prevent from your arteries get clogged up aka cholesterol. It helps to keep your weight down and blood is the food for all of your organs in your body, so if you heart is healthy and strong, it can pump all through your body ensuring it reaches every part. Older people with swollen feet and looking all puffed up are usually the cause of poor circulation. So cardio can help prevent all of this, also it flushes your system and keeps things moving.
If you incorporte weights, it keeps your body strong, helps burn fat, keeps your bones strong and helps your mental to be much better and positive. If you are sick you usually don't feel well and you will be in some kind of negative mind state. This could lead to depression, lazyiness and you just don't want to be bothered. So if you keep your exercise regimen tight, you can help yourself a whole lot! Include a halfway decent diet and you will do even better.
By healthy diet I mean incorporate fresh vegetables and fruits, buy organic if you can (some items don't have to be organic but if you buy the meats or any fruits or vegetables that do not peel, you should consider because they will contain all the bad shit)
So consider some of these things, so you can be trouble free later on in life. Healthcare is expensive especially if you start to get pre-existing conditions, you don't want to fall in the category of having to pay for all of your medical conditions and can't enjoy life anymore. Sometimes, it is better to cut down on things but you can do them longer throughout life. Remember you only get one body, if you abuse and don't take care of it, you can't exchange it. You will just have to suffer!