Look at the Whole Picture

Obviously we all know that health is the whole package: diet, exercise, rest, etc. There are many, many elements to health. We’re not going to discuss all of the elements here or get into any element in great depth. This is not a book about increasing knowledge. If that’s what you’re into, there are millions of books around the world that advise on general health and particular aspects of health. Knock yourself out and start learning. I promise it will be well worth the time.

Just as diet is a fundamental building block, so is exercise. Exercise must become a priority. Period. Get your heart rate up for at least 20 minutes per day. That may look like going for a walk on your break at work instead of consuming sugary coffee, staff room pastries, and/or something from the vending machine. There’s a good chance you’ll want a glass of water after the walk instead of your usual indulgences. Do a game of tag with your kids, or throw them around in the swimming pool. Have some active sex in the morning or evening. Your partner will most likely enjoy this idea.

As we are each a unique human being, the answers to creating our own healthful lifestyle are unique and multifaceted. Creating health in the mind and body requires more action steps than to simply stop drinking soda and take the stairs. The starting point is to recognize, and own, that you’re in charge. Someone can tell you what to do or not to do for a healthful lifestyle, but it’s important to look at the whole picture in your own life and make choices you are committed to.

 

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