Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Eating, praying, working helps fitness

Hello bloggers! I'm a guest writer for this blog. I believe in seeking and spreading the truth. I'm Muslim, live between a small town and a large city, and I love to write...

With the pressure to stay slim, there are a few things you can do everyday to stay on track.

Being unintentionally slim:

1. Pray five times a day.
If you pray in the morning it forces you to get up! Waking up gives me energy and drives me to get more done during the day.

2. Do housework.
Be honest, not many of us get to the gym as often as we want. Or ever.
Cleanliness is a part of faith, according to Islamic traditions. One who is clean is purified in body and soul. Less clutter also motivates more energy and freedom.

3. Fast a month for spiritual inclination.
Fasting helps you stay fit. Your body takes a break for all the extra intake.

4. Don’t eat dinner too late.
I have a hard time falling asleep after I eat anyways. Health experts say it’s best to give your stomach a two-hour rest before hitting the sack.

5. Only eat what you need, not what you want.
The Prophet said in an oral narration: "No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath." [Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa'I, Ibn Majah – Hadith sahih]
Eating less helps us digest our food, and prevents over-eating which leads to laziness.
A professor at Wayne State University recently said, “We live in a country where people are trying not to eat, when the rest of the world is trying to find their next meal.”

6. Nurse your baby (if you have one handy).
Old-fashioned people used to nurse their babies. According to the New York Times, a new trend in breastfeeding children has come back into the modern era. People have realized the multiple advantages of nursing, including better mother-child relationship, fewer illnesses for the baby, and mothers shedding extra calories. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/health/research/22breast.html

7. Drink a lot of water, even when you don’t want to.
Doctors say people should drink eight glasses of water daily. Water eliminates headaches, makes your skin look younger, prevents illnesses, helps indigestion, and reduces the risk of cancer, according to www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com.

8. Don’t drink pop.
Did you know highways are cleaned with Coke to remove blood because of the strong acids used? See what the company has to say:

9. Avoid too much meat. Balance with vegetables.
Some meats and vegetables cooked together can help you get more nutrients.

10. Take constructive criticism.
Don’t starve yourself. Eat properly. If people say you’re getting skinnier, eat more. If people say you’re getting fat, eat less.



Anonymous said...

I need to work on #5 and #7! I can't help but stuff my face.

And thanks a lot for the post!! :)

controlled chaos said...

I have to disagree with your example in number 10, just with this part: If people say you’re getting skinnier, eat more. If people say you’re getting fat, eat less.

Don't eat based on what "people" say. Eat based on what a doctor, nutritionist or dietitian says. Different people will hold different opinions. While some people speak what is best, many others don't.

And if you don't have access to either three than look up what your average weight range should be based on your height and age. And go based on that.

Little T said...

I have heard about fasting and I know it is part of a lot of religious tradition. I hope one does not give up ALL food for 1 month. Can you explain your definition of "fast"?

Anonymous said...

Basic Islamic definition of fasting is restraining from food and water from dawn - sunset. And then after sunset you can chowwwww down. But not too much cuz then you'll get fat. ;)

Constructive Attitude said...

Really to number 8???????????

Mrs. Cullen said...

i ain't got no baby. what i gon do? where can i get one?

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