Monday, February 21, 2011

Healthy Living: What exactly does that mean?

"There is no curing a sick man who believes himself in health."
~Henri Amiel

We all want to be healthy right?  Well in order to be able to do that we need to know what exactly is healthy living?  Is it simply freedom from illness?  Is it just not being overweight?  Is it eating five servings of fruit and vegetables every day?  Is it getting enough fiber? Drinking enough water?  Is it low carb, low calorie, low fat?  Is it exercising for an hour every day?  Is it taking the stairs two at a time?  What exactly is good health and what does it look like?

It’s easy to think of our overall health being as good as our most healthy habit (“I’m a runner so I am automatically healthy, right?”) when really health is all of our habits, good and bad combined.  It’s the daily run and the daily Starbucks Frappuccino.  It’s watching the number of calories eaten every day and the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of those calories.  It’s making sure to get enough sleep every night and choosing to allow stress from a job to take over the day. 

Being healthy is how we choose to live our lives, day in day out.  It’s not just simply a few good key indicators or numbers.  Good health is all factors combined.  

Rather you are thinking about it or not you are making choices about your health on a daily basis. The key is to bring your awareness to those choices.  It’s not that hard, it just takes a little practice. It’s just a matter of bringing your attention to what you need, how things affect you, and being honest about where you are at.  It’s a life long journey.  And the first step is to simply start.  Won’t you join me?

Over the next several weeks here on Mondays I am going to attempt to define what ‘healthy living’ means to me.  What habits I have developed or would like to work on, and what I think a truly healthy lifestyle looks like for me.

Some of the things I will likely be talking about:

I look forward to exploring this topic together!  What do you think healthy living means?  What are the most important elements of a healthy lifestyle to you?

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