Do you think about their fitness level? Dietary habits? Aesthetics? Knowledge? Overall lifestyle? Or do we just think about their ability to lift heavy weights?
In America, we tend to think about being “healthy” in an external way. The reality is, health is also mental.
Too often we look at the outside of someone and deem them “healthy” when they may be physically or emotionally decaying inside. Hand-in-hand with physical health, is mental, spiritual and emotional health (to name a couple others). We have this unhealthy view of what health is. We tend to think people who are skinny are healthy. We also think those who carry an extra 20 pounds are unhealthy (not always), and we judge those who eat ice-cream, but glorify those who drink every weekend because their life is “care-free” and “fun.” We tell women who lift heavy weights that they’re “bulky” or “husky” instead of glorifying their strength. We crave social attention, and are addicted to our technology – phones, laptops, computers, etc. We even go as far as to call things “healthy addictions” (like working out ‘too much’). In America, we forget what our bodies really need, and over-stress ourselves into disease, anger, anxiety, and obesity.
Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight, and 40% are considered obese. There is new scientific research that claims that a calorie burned is a calorie burned, but a calorie consumed is NOT a calorie stored (Dr. Robert Lustig).
So how do we live a truly healthy life? Here are some of my tips!
- Focus on your positive qualities, and set goals to learn and build in areas that need improvement.
- Move everyday! Some call it exercise, but really it’s all just about movement! A walk, bike ride, hike, swim, the gym. It all counts.
- Smile 🙂 Smile every chance you get (plus you`ll get less wrinkles)
- Listen to your body. When you need to rest, rest. When you need to move, move. When you need to sit still, sit still.
- Meditate/Pray in silence at least 20 minutes per day.
- Disconnect from technology.
- Dance to music.
- Find ways to laugh a lot! Watch a comedy, hang out with friends, or just be silly.
- Embrace love. Too many people in today’s society reject potential love for fear of being hurt. Stop hurting and start healing.
- Engage in relationships every single day. Make that overdue phone call, send a post-card, go on a coffee date, and just BE.
- Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits & veggies, healthy fats, moderate alcohol, and eliminate chemically processed foods.
- Do what you love!