Way far down in his lair Count Rugan and Prince Humperdinck were about to witness Westley being tortured. Chatting while preparations were being made, the prince began recalling to the Count all the numerous things he plans to do. "I need to get the plans underway for my country's 500th anniversary, my wedding arrangements to my new wife, the murder of my current wife, and of course, to frame Guilder for it. I'm not sure I can cope with it all!" To this Count Rugan replies "Prince, you need to get some rest. If you haven't got your health you haven't got anything." We all laugh at this joke because there is a truth in it. Health indeed is true wealth and all the money in this world is useless if you don't have the health to enjoy it.
Staying healthy doesn't take a lot of work. You don't have to spend all your time in a gym or only eat certain foods. There are simple things you can do that will increase your overall health. When you're healthy, you also feel and look better. Health in this instance doesn't refer to having a cold or the flu. Rather, it means an overall state where your weight, blood cholesterol, and other semi-constant factors are in a healthy range. A pleasant side effect, though, is that you will get fewer colds and other viruses because a healthy body is more able to fight them.
Well let's talk of something, which is doable - and in just two steps! For the first step, just add a serving of fruit or vegetables per day each week. You'll be surprised when you realize you've already reached 5 servings a day. Hold on, it's not that difficult to do. An apple included in your lunch each day, and you are started! Continue this for one week and munch some carrots in addition to the humble apple. Just one week more and add vegetables to your dinner menu. Even before you notice, you are up to recommended 5 servings a day. The logic here being that it is easier for your body to access vitamins in fruit and vegetables than from multivitamin tablets. Most of these vitamins find their way to down the toilet without ever being used.
Now comes the second step to a healthier you - Exercise. No, it does not mean picking those heavy weights as they show on the T.V. Rather just grab every opportunity to walk. Your body will love it. Take stairs instead of elevator. Walking from parking lot to your door is again a good opportunity. Make it even better by parking your car at the end of the parking lot. All this should become a part of your daily routine. Window-shopping during lunch breaks is another great idea. Be a just little bit willing to improve your health, and you will surely come up with more exercise ideas to add up more miles in small increments.
As every journey begins with a small step, so does being healthy. Small efforts will surely return greater rewards. When you are healthy, you also feel better. Look around, because when you do feel better, everyone else around will notice the difference.