I’ve thought my whole life about what it takes to stay healthy. Health to me means ability to participate – to be free from fear and to be able to say, “Yes, I’m up for this. I’ll be there.”
I’m a mom and worker. Like you, sometimes my life gets hectic and it’s tough to look after health basics like fresh food and regular activity. Health isn’t always easy. But it’s doable.
Whether you’re vegan or paleo, elite athlete or office worker, whether you want to gain weight or lose weight – better health needs three things: food, activity, and good people.
- FOOD – Prepare (most of) the food you eat.
- ACTIVITY – Move your body every day. (You don’t need a huge effort, and you don’t even have to get sweaty.) The best exercise is the one that keeps you coming back.
- GOOD PEOPLE – Keep good people in your life. (They’ll help you through the hard times and they’ll give you a wakeup call when you’re being totally annoying.) Good people in your corner are fantastic for your health.
My blog, You Next Year, is about you and me – healthier this time next year. It’s about small habits and big results. We’ve got the power. So much more than we think. We can do it.
My hero is the tortoise. You know the fable about the tortoise and the hare? They challenged each other to a race. The hare took off and in a short time she was miles and miles ahead. She got so far ahead so quickly, she became exhausted and lay down for a quick snooze. The tortoise, miles behind, kept putting one foot in front of the other. She just kept moving. You’ll never guess who won the race :)
You may be wondering what the skydiving photo has to do with health. It was a pure moment with dear friends. It makes me happy. It reminds me to to pay attention and not take anything for granted. Life is full of a million happy moments that are over in a heartbeat. Let’s not miss them. –That’s me on your right. I look the same now, except older :)
You and me. Even healthier. We’ve got this.