What does health mean to you? To me it means mobility. It means being able to go where I want when I want to be there. It means being able to participate – to join in when someone asks. Health is freedom. It’s freedom from pain, from anxiety. Health is happiness.
You and me – we’ve got the power to keep health in our lives. Whatever your philosophy, religion or race, you have three needs in common with every other human on earth.
- FOOD – Prepare (most of) the food you eat.
- ACTIVITY – Move your body every day.
- GOOD PEOPLE – Keep good people close.
For sure some of us were dealt an unfair hand – those people unlucky enough to catch a disease, or be plopped into the middle of wars, natural disasters and destitute economies.
For the lucky majority, we sit for hours in front of computers, and sit hours more commuting to work. Maybe in ten thousand years our bodies will have adapted to the new reality. But for now we have no choice but to respect the million years of evolution that got us here. We HAVE to move our bodies every day.
I’m no paragon of fitness. During the cooler, wetter, darker days of fall the couch calls seductively to me. But I’m doing my best to keep moving. After Christmas last year, Gord and I started a one year diet. We kept it simple and paid attention to the three health pillars above (food, activity and good people). My weight stayed about the same but I lost three inches of fat around my waist. I’m not letting them back into my life. It’s so easy to not move my body this time of year. SO EASY. Did I mention the couch? Somewhere in our evolution our ancestors slowed their activity during the fall and winter. But this is today in a world of cars, sedentary jobs and processed food. Whatever my excuse, those three inches aren’t coming back into my life. I love the way my jeans fit right now.
The Health section of Your Next Year is about simple fitness and sensible health habits. Health – you and I. We’ve got this covered.