For John Clemenza, being on top of his game is what keeps him motivated to eat and live healthily. At 18 years, old, he is already a strong advocate for living a healthy lifestyle. As an amateur (and aspiring professional) surfer, he knows that he’s got to keep his body trim and fit to ensure that he always performs at his peak level. But he doesn’t just mind his physical health. John Clemenza knows that a physically fit body isn’t enough to get you where you want to go or achieve whatever dreams or goals you have for the future. You’ve got to have a healthy mind as well. Without paying heed to the mind-body connection, one aspect (or both) is bound to suffer eventually.
John Clemenza understands, however, that just because he is mindful about what he eats and what he does, it doesn’t necessarily mean everyone else thinks the same way. On the contrary, he is finding it quite difficult to influence his friends and family about living a healthier lifestyle. But he is not a quitter, so he’s not giving up. He knows they’re bound to cave in sooner or later; what with his constant hounding and reminders about the dangers of eating unhealthy foods, not addressing stress and anger, and living a sedentary lifestyle: cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes quickly come to mind.
When you live in a beautiful place such as Hawaii, you have a tendency to become idle (“idle” here is used loosely, basically meaning inactive). It’s quite a challenge to keep moving when your surroundings call you to sit, relax, and simply enjoy the beauty of nature?
But lifestyle changes don’t have to be drastic or done all in one go. John Clemenza suggests that you start slow. If you love watching the beauty of nature unfold before you while sitting on your porch and drinking soda, lose the soda and drink water instead. Better yet, walk along the beach in the morning or early evening when the temperature is more comfortable. Just remember to bring water—don’t forget about the importance of staying hydrated, especially during long walks. You’ll be amazed at how this simple activity, when done every day, can benefit your mind and body.
Doctors have often emphasized the importance of drinking at least eight glasses of water every day. Trade your sweetened drinks with water; you’ll feel more refreshed after while keeping your body and skin hydrated.
To keep you motivated during your daily walks, have a walking buddy—a friend or family member. If you’re trying to lose weight, having a partner with the same goals will help keep you motivated. John Clemenza also suggests that you should schedule days for walking and days for jogging or running. Soon enough, you will find that you’re looking for more ways to be more active. At this point, you can incorporate a few exercises into your daily routine.
If you have other suggestions on how to slowly but steadily live a healthier lifestyle by changing a few habits, please feel free to share them with John Clemenza here!