Nowadays, many people have an unhealthy diet and do not exercise regularly. What are the reasons behind this trend? How can we encourage these people to live healthy lifestyles?
A large number of people are surviving on unhealthy sustenance and also following sedentary lifestyles. This essay will discuss the causes for this problem before going on to proffer some viable solutions that may be implemented.
Lack of knowledge is one of the major reasons why people continue to follow unhealthy lifestyles. If the benefits of consuming vital nutrients and regular physical training are understood, most people will voluntarily adhere to the routine of practising daily and eating nutritious meals. Providing people with information means empowering them and consequently saving a lot of lives. In addition, many individuals who are aware of the multiple upsides to leading healthier lifestyles may procrastinate to start exercising, citing lack of motivation. To give a clear example, a survey conducted in December 2019 by the University of Medical Sciences in Zimbabwe reported that 23% of women with chronic ailments could not make time for a jog or brisk walk because their partners could not join them.
Owing to such reports, solutions like informing people through health education and encouraging people to join local sports clubs could be implemented. The medical fraternity needs to concretise the public through advertising on what foods cause illnesses and what should be eaten to prevent diseases, and the specific quantities to be consumed. Another solution would be to encourage people to join gyms or sports centres in their locality to promote effective physical training with professional trainers. People are motivated when they join groups, and teamwork breeds endurance and consequently positive results. A good example is, with the advent of the Covid pandemic, people clearly understood that exercises or a jog assisted in boosting respiratory function. Thus exercise and diet are crucial to living healthy.
To sum up, not being fully informed about the benefits of and delaying taking regular physical together with consuming nutritious diets can be mitigated if health education is made available to the public through advertising campaigns and encouraging the public to join sports clubs in the local community.
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