Taking care of our bodies and feeling great is something we all strive for, but it’s also something we take for granted. We wake up, we eat, we move, we do whatever it is we like to do, we go to sleep, and we do it all over again the next day. That is, of course, until that bag of bones we call a body betrays us.
One second you’re feeling fine, the next you’ve got a tickle in your throat, and all of a sudden you’ve got yourself a raging sinus infection. It’s times like these when you realize how good it is to have everything working properly. It’s times like these when, in your congested, feverish state, you find yourself thinking of ways you can get your body back to optimal efficiency.
Well, instead of waiting for the sickness to get you thinking about maximizing your health, I figured I’d save you an unpleasant step and get you thinking about it now.
Follow me out of this thinly veiled personal anecdote and let’s learn how to get our minds, bodies, and spirits healthy.
A HEALTHY BODY
Everyone and their mother will tell you that the keys to a healthy body are eating right and exercise. But to be frank, everyone’s body is different and needs different fuel to perform optimally. Additionally, we all have different goals, and different definitions of what it means to be healthy. I promise you that my dad’s goals of healthy eating and exercise are miles different than those of Lebron James, but I submit to you that they’re both perfectly healthy people (way to go, dad).
Define for yourself what the word “healthy” means to you, set goals, find a way for you to embody that definition, and reach those goals. Don’t compare yourself to Joe Six-pack, you’re not him.
There are many different schools of thought about what the healthiest way to eat is. Some people are vegan, some eat a diet high in fat as a means to stay slim (it’s a thing, trust me), and some have bounced between seemingly every diet under the sun. What ties all of those seemingly disparate eating style together is that damn-near all of them include leafy greens and vegetables, so while I can’t tell you which eating style is best for your health, I think we can agree on that being a pretty good place to start.
Do some research, find what fits your goals, and get after it.
Again, this depends largely on what goals you have. If you’re trying to lose weight, the basic act of walking might be just what you need. If you’re trying to tone up, you might want to think about incorporating some body weight movements (push-ups, pull-ups, squats, etc) and some light to moderate weight lifting.
Again (again), there is no right way to exercise, it’s all about the results you want. Just be sure that if you set a goal, see it through. It’s not going to be easy (it’s called working out, afterall), but it’s going to be worth it.
Also, yoga. Try it.
HEALTHY MIND AND SPIRIT
I think it’s pretty obvious that I love the sun, and everything about it. I’ve always been told that the sun is the life-force of Earth, but only recently did I fully understand what that meant. There’s a reason one of the treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder is light therapy. The sun recharges us as if we were solar panels and unless you are sun burned (please wear sunscreen) or overheated, it’s really hard to have a bad time when out in the sun. If you’re feeling even the slightest bit down, 10 minutes in the sun will turn that frown upside down and have you happy as a clam in no time.
Until next time – I’ll see you in the park.