Healthy Living In Arizona.

by Bill Borden
Founder of ArizonaCircle.Com

People everywhere are becoming more aware of unhealthy foods, habits, and air. Arizona is no exception. The trend is towards organiic foods, healthy eating, non GMO foods, dieting, exercise, reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep, etc. Although this is a new developing trend, most people are still not on board.

Fast food restaurants continue to attract Arizona residents. However there is pressure for restaurant chains to change their menus to reflect healthier choices.



Exercising In Arizona.

Because of the extremely hot summer temperatures in the desert and cold winter temperatures in Northern Arizona, residents have adapted by taking advantage of the good weather and favorable conditions when the timing is right. e.g. those who love to golf or hike in the desert, typically do it early in the morning during the summer months. Then during the winter, outdoor activites can be enjoyed all day long.

Residents of central and Southern Arizona know that exercising mid day when it's 100 degrees and hotter is dangerous. Those who do take a chance, drink plenty of water, even when they don't feel thirsty. And they pay attention to the warning signs that they may be getting dehydrated.

Most people get in the habit of exercising all year round on their schedule regardless of the weather conditions, by joining a fitness club. In metropolitan Phoenix there are several fitness centers to choose from. I personally love taking the fitness classes because I will push myself harder in a workout class than I will if I exercise independently. I think classes are a lot more fun because it's a social event as well as exercise. Just working out by yourself reminds me of a mouse on a hampster wheel. But of course most people avoid classes. They like doing the trendmill, stair machines, and typical equipment every gym offers.

An alternative to fitness clubs is the many community centers spread throughout the metro Phoenix area. Almost every town or suburb in Phoenix has city operated community centers were people meet to socialize and workout.

Indoor exercise means you can exercise anytime even if it's extremely hot or extremely cold. Although you will see people in Phoenix exercising outside at daybreak and late at night during the summer months, the majority of people who are health conscious, simply go to their local gym on a regular basis.

Arizona Health Food Stores.

Health food stores in Arizona are getting more and more popular. In the Phoenix area the most popular health food stores are Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmer's Market, and Trader Joes, No the Costco food court is not considered healthy food, but it's a popular place for people who love soda, hot dogs, and pizza. Dieters choose Costco's chicken salad.

Although not really considered 'health food stores', there are a number of ethnic grocery stores spread throughout the valley. Some are very large, and have thousands of items to choose from. Some foods might be healthy and some not. However I've noticed the same thing at Whole Foods and Sprouts. I don't consider everything in these stores to be 'healthy'.

Arizona Air Quality.

If you have breathing problems a big city like Phoenix might not be the best place for you. Sometimes the air quality is good and sometimes it's terrible, - way above safe limits. In addition to particulate matter that gets stirred up by wind in the desert, Although wind does stir up pollution, it's also welcomed because it carries pollution out of town.

If you suffer from asthma or bronchitis, it would be wise to keep track of the pollution index every day and avoid going outdoors when conditions are unsafe. This information is available online. Simply search for 'Phoenix air quality' or 'Tucson air quality', etc. ... - whatever city you live in.

Also remember that indoor air quality can even be worse than the air quality outside. If you have trouble breathing, I would suggest air purification systems especially if you spend a lot of time indoors.

Also check indoor radon levels. In the Phoenix area, high readings of radon is not common but you might have a problem. Radon is a silent killer. There is no smell or way of knowing what radon levels are in your home or office without a test kit or a radon sensor. The cost to detect radon is minimal so it makes sense to do this test.

Healthy Arizona Water.

Healthy Arizona water sounds like an oxymoron. Tap water in the desert tastes terrible, but it is healthier and safer than bottled water. Most residents don't believe this so they buy cases of water in plastic bottles or have water delivered to them in plastic jugs. Both of these options are unhealthy but people are blissfully unaware of the risks. They think that the goverment is protecting them and because they're paying a lot of money the water must be better. The truth is it's not.

Unless otherwise stated on the container, the blue 5 gallon water jugs that are very popular on water fountains contain BPA, which has been shown to cause many serious health problems. But all plastic poses a threat to good health.

Plastic is made from petroleum products. The plastic can leach into the water. Imagine this. It's 120 degrees in Phoenix. Cases of water in plastic bottles are sitting out in the sun in front of your favorite grocery store. The water is baking. Now imagine how hot the water gets when the water sits in the transport trucks. The water may sit up to two years in plastic containers before you buy it and drink it.

On top of the health risks of plastic leaching into drinking water, the bottled water industry is not nearly requlated as well as tap water. By law tap water is tested and results are posted online for residents to see. The same cannot be said for bottled water. Most bottled water is filtered water from 'municipal sources'. i.e. it's tap water in a bottle.

One the largest studies on bottled water found that 33% of bottled water contained unhealthy levels of chemicals and bacteria. You will find all the studies and information about bottled water online by searching for 'bottled water risks', 'unhealthy bottled water', 'chemicals in bottled water', 'bpa in bottled water', 'regulation of bottled water', etc. ... Youtube.Com has many documentaries on the bottled water that are eye opening. Try this search 'taste of bottled water vs tap water'. These videos are funny, entertaining, and informative.

What is the solution? The best thing you can do is filter your water at home or at your office with carbon filters. Avoid reverse osmosis filters. If you do this and change the inexpensive filter cartridges as recommended, your drinking water will taste great, be much more healthy than bottled water, and save you a ton of money as well.

If you want to go one step farther than just filtering your water, check out my blog on High Energy Water

 
 
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