LIVING WELL

Green Planet Bicycle Riders’ Association’s ideas about a healthy lifestyle can be summarized in these nine simple points:

1. A Good Diet.

A good diet starts with a balanced diet, which is a number of small meals during the day. A large breakfast followed by smaller noon and evening meals is just what the body needs to keep running efficiently. It is important to provide your body with a balanced diet: four servings of fruits and Good Food, vegetables, four servings of cereals and breads, two servings of protein foods such as beans, lentils, tofu or meat analogs and two servings of milk products or some other food that provides calcium, phosphorus, protein and riboflavin. What's best is a vegetarian diet. There are many fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains available to us today. A recent report in Newsweek declared that something called "phytochemicals" are the new frontier in cancer prevention research. These anticancer agents aren't some new chemical dreamed up in some laboratory. They are found in fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, cabbage or broccoli. Citrus fruits and berries contain powerful cancer fighters called flavenoids. They keep cancer-causing hormones from latching onto the cell.

2. Exercise.

A hundred years ago, people had very little to worry about with this principle. The demands of living provided them with more than enough physical exercise. People today are in a much different situation. Modern conveniences will do everything from changing the TV channel to opening the garage door. Exercise can do many things for you: improve your cardio-vascular health by increasing your heart rate, clear your head, invigorate your mind, decrease your levels of stress and if done correctly, be a fun social event. Doctors tell us that we should exercise a minimum of 20 minutes a day three times a week.

3. Water.

Humans can go longer without food than they can without water. Our bodies are composed of 65 to 70 percent water. Each day we loose approximately four pints. In order to replenish this, we need to drink six to eight glasses a day. Water is vital to the health of the body. It assists nature in resisting disease. It washes away impurities. It helps the body function more efficiently.



4. Sunshine.

Sunshine is an important part of maintaining good mental health. Endorphins in the brain are stimulated during times of exercise, especially outdoor exercise. They're closely related to our sense of happiness and well-being. A regular program of exercise in the sunshine can make you more positive, cheerful and generally more optimistic. It is important, however, to protect yourself from overexposure to the sun.



5. Temperance.

Alcohol destroys brain cells immediately. Alcohol causes oxygen deprivation. In an oxygen starved brain, thousands of brain cells die. Moreover, two out of five people who drink develop serious problems connected to the drinking. We have long acknowledged the dangers of smoking. Cigarettes contain 29 poisons, and each one smoked takes 14¸ minutes off a person's life. Chances of a heart attack are 250 times greater if someone smokes. Chances of incurring emphysema are 80 times greater if someone smokes.



6. Fresh Air.

Sounds simple right? A person can only live for five or six minutes without air. But too many people forget the importance of getting plenty of fresh air. So many people live in closed up buildings and cars, almost never venturing outside. People would do well to sleep with the windows open if possible, and a cycling session once every few days will do much to combat fatigue and drowsiness.



7. Rest.

Adequate sleep can help a person to feel refreshed, with their mind keen, sharp, alert, and able to make wise decisions. But it also builds up their body in so many ways. It rebuilds the cells in their muscles, kidneys, bone marrow, stomach, and brain. While a person sleeps, their blood and lymph system continue to carry off the wastes to their skin, kidneys, and lungs, where they are eliminated. They also deposit in the brain a fresh supply of glucose and oxygen.


8. Trust.

Depression and anxiety are not restful. Stress is a monster that attacks every part of the body. Trust in others can help control, if not eliminate these harmful emotions. When you experience a positive emotional response there is a reduction in the negative hormones that would otherwise suppress the immune system. This permits the immune system to function more effectively, providing protection from disease.



9. Positive Attitude.

Positive attitude helps to cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worry and negative thinking. If you adopt it as a way of life, it will bring constructive changes into your life, and makes them happier, brighter and more successful. With a positive attitude you see the bright side of life, become optimistic and expect the best to happen. It is certainly a state of mind that is well worth developing and strengthening.

Positive attitude manifests in the following ways:
  • Positive thinking.
  • Constructive thinking.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Expecting success.
  • Optimism.
  • Motivation to accomplish your goals.
  • Being inspired.
  • Choosing happiness.
  • Not giving up (At GPBRA, we never do!).
  • Looking at failure and problems as blessings in disguise.
  • Believing in yourself and in your abilities.
  • Displaying self-esteem and confidence.
  • Looking for solutions.
  • Seeing opportunities.
If you have been exhibiting a negative attitude and expecting failure and difficulties, it is now the time to change the way you think. It is time to get rid of negative thoughts and behavior and lead a happy and successful life. Why not start today? If you have tried and failed, it only means that you have not tried enough.

A positive attitude leads to happiness and success and can change your whole life. If you look at the bright side of life, your whole life becomes filled with light. This light affects not only you and the way you look at the world, but also your whole environment and the people around you. If it is strong enough, it becomes contagious.

The benefits of a positive attitude:
  • Helps achieving goals and attaining success.
  • Success achieved faster and more easily.
  • More happiness.
  • More energy.
  • Greater inner power and strength.
  • The ability to inspire and motivate yourself and others.
  • Fewer difficulties encountered along the way.
  • The ability to surmount any difficulty (Would come handy while going uphill while riding with us at GPBRA)

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