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 health responsibilities in common with every other human on earth. The three pillars of health:
- FOOD – Prepare (most of) the food you eat.
- ACTIVITY – Move your body every day.
- GOOD PEOPLE – Keep good people close.
For sure life is tough sometimes and it’s hard to juggle all the balls. Most us sit for hours in front of computers, and sit hours more commuting to work. Maybe in ten thousand years our bodies will have evolved to enjoy sedentary living. But for now our bodies DON’T LIKE IT. When our bodies don’t get to move enough they become highly susceptible to diseases like diabetes, dementia… You’ve hear the list a hundred times. Keeping the three pillars of health if your life can’t guarantee you’ll live forever and never get sick. But those three habits sure can cut down the odds. You have the power to improve your health.
It’s evolution baby. Our ancestors – all of them – had to move their bodies every day to survive. We were designed to move.
I’m not a paragon of fitness. During the cooler, wetter, darker days of fall the couch coos seductively to me. But I’m doing my best to keep moving. After Christmas last year, Gord and I started the one year diet. We kept it simple and paid attention to the three health pillars (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. You and me, healthier this time next year. We’ve got this covered. <3