You’ve got to fight for your right to party.
It seems that everywhere you turn there’s a threat to your health
- particulates in the air you breathe
- toxic mercury in the fish you eat
- a computer keyboard that gives you carpal tunnel syndrome
- prescription drugs with a long list of harmful side-effects
- hospitals that incubate deadly bacteria immune to antibiotics
- consolidation of hospitals and medical practices driving costs up and quality down.
The economics and politics of this country make it harder than ever to be healthy.
That’s why you have to fight back. Health is your most important asset. You can’t sit passively and hope for the best. I’ll help you stay on a positive path with get started with some principles to guide you.
Here are seven.
1. Health is a verb.
Health is an ongoing activity, not a fixed state of being. If you do the things that we know to be good for you – like eat right, exercise, connect socially, etc. – you’ll be gaining health. But, equally importantly you’ll be empowering yourself and having a good time discovering your body’s own needs.
2. Be wary of media manipulation of reality.
We’re saturated with media depictions of how happy, healthy, successful people are supposed to act and what they’re supposed to look like. It’s all bogus. You won’t find happiness trying to manipulate your body into looking like a supermodel. Supermodels don’t even look like supermodels without the help of an army of stylists and Photoshop experts.
Trust your instincts about what feels right for you and your body. Feel good about yourself.
3. Step away from your bathroom scale.
Many people define their well-being, and their level of self-esteem, based on body weight. There’s a relationship between body weight and health, but it isn’t direct and simple. And it’s difficult to lose weight and keep it off.
So here’s a different idea. Resolve to enjoy more physical activity and the simple pleasure of natural foods shared with friends. Find a sustainable path to better self-esteem. Maybe some of the weight will come off, maybe it won’t. But I guarantee you’ll be healthier. And happier.
4. You’ve got to spend money to be healthy.
No one is going to take care of you except yourself. Particularly not your insurance company. But don’t worry. You’re worth the investment.
5. There are no quick fixes in the health universe.
Your well-being requires a consistent commitment to health action. Over time you’ll enjoy the results.
6. Health is wealth.
Wealth is all about having the freedom to enjoy the pleasures of life. If your health is shattered there won’t be any enjoyment.
7. Health isn’t a solo act.
Health isn’t just an attribute of you as an individual. It’s as much an expression of the family, community, and national milieu. You’re not in this alone. Here’s more on the biopsychosocial model of health.
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