As someone who invests time and money into being as healthy as I possibly can, I always wonder if I am “doing it right.” What is good health? Well, as someone who never stops seeking for answers, I took my curiosity to Google and found out a few things. Today, I will share with you.
What Technically Makes Someone “Healthy?”
I eat organic whenever possible. I drink filtered water. I have my teeth cleaned routinely and I work out excessively. With some luck, I’ll be like my Grandparents and live well into my 90’s. But, do I really know if I’m in good health?
While I think so, I ended up cross referencing some content found on Men’s Journal called “10 Essential Rules of Good Health.”
Here they are, from 1 to 10. Let me know if you agree, or disagree, with any of these.
#1: You Need a Doctor Focused on Wellness
Okay, so while I hear this loud and clear, isn’t that their damn jobs?
I’ve never had a Doctor whose focus wasn’t on wellness. Next.
#2: Food Should be a Nutrient, Not a Drug
It took me many years to learn this personally. I used to think that having jalapenos on my pizza provided me enough greens for the day. I also thought Martini Olives were a solid source of vegetables as well. After ballooning up in weight at around age 30, I lost over 30 pounds as I neared my 40th birthday and never looked back. In addition to exercising, I opted for fruits, vegetables, and water instead of frozen pizza, burgers, and beer.
#3: Sleep is as Critical as Food at Water
Okay, so after #1 made me a bit leery of this list, we’re back on track in a major way. To me, sleep is absolutely key. I have modified my lifestyle to be a serial day drinker instead of a night owl. Life is good.
#4: Your Mind and Brain Need a Breather
They suggest meditation, and while I’m not into that (yet) I do agree that spa days are key. I add in a spa day every time I travel. It equalizes the distance and stress incurred.
#5: An Exercise Regimen Should Be Balanced
They suggest a mix of muscle building, stretching, and exercise. I’m down with that. It’s important to life, keep your heart healthy with cardio, and of course, be limber.
#6: Recovery is as Important as Exercise Itself
Yeah, tell this to my personal trainer. We are in agreement!
#7: Keep a Slim Waistline
They say to stay at a 34. I’m right there. Just gotta keep it there for you know, the next 50 years.
#8: Be Social
Apparently being social helps you be healthy. I’ll remember that when I’m at Happy Hour. It just may be wise to holler at a woman and see what’s good. Although you’ll notice that dating apps are going anywhere but social, with all this swiping and all.
#9: Keep Attainable, Realistic Goals
So they say to keep your gym and diet goals reasonable and achievable. I disagree, but I aim high. As an aspiring comic, I always try to make everyone laugh. Not almost everyone, but everyone. But that’s just me.
#10: Think Long Term, Not Short
I can appreciate this. Almost nothing happens in a short period of time when it comes to being healthy. It took me a solid 6-9 months of very strict dieting, along with weight loss supplements, exercise, and much more, to get down 30 pounds.
So, there you have it. The Men’s Journal take on “what is good health?” Do you believe in these steps, or do you have a different definition of the meaning of being healthy. I’d love to hear your thoughts below.