One of the foundations of happiness is health. I am not talking about media- defined health: the one that pushes you to have 0% body fat so that you can flaunt an impressive body devoid of personality. I am talking about true health: the one that gives us enough stamina and keeps us agile enough to keep up with our loved ones after long hours of work; the one that maintains our brains alert enough to undertake any intellectual challenges that life can swing our way; the one that minimizes disease and foster enjoyment of the small things in life. Ok, looking good is a nice side-effect. I accept it. But once your blood test markers and your body composition ratios are within normal range. YOU, not the media, decide how you should look.
We cannot be happy without proper nutrition and exercise. Many people become best friends with TV and Cable characters, sometimes from a very young age. Many decide to become friends with pastries, fritters, ice cream, fast food restaurants and take out. The satisfaction these things bring into our lives is ephemeral; they only hide our true needs. They mask the real issues we need to face and resolve with a little bit of pleasure. Our ever hectic society takes care of making us forget how it really feels happy and healthy. In the absence of illness, the status quo becomes our definition of happiness until we realize how much agility-killing fat we’ve been accumulating every year or realize that we always feel sleepy or that our concentration and memory are nowhere to be found.
Everyone has challenges, but we are all human. Humans are creative. If you have the will to be healthy nothing can or will stop you. You get motivated to go to work every morning somehow. How can we let having the money to pay bills, dress fashionably, travel all over the world motivate us to go to work and don’t allow the liberating sensations of strong stamina, intellectual acuity, and a well-balanced body motivate you to overcome any obstacles that keep you from exercising and eating correctly so that you achieve a vibrant state of health?
What are you going to do to warm up to 2o12? Have you worked on any of the suggestions on my last post? And no, you are not allowed to make the holidays your excuse for not starting to work on your New You today. Remember true health is the road to happiness. The clock is ticking… what are you waiting for?