So I got to thinking last night about being healthy, and the people i work with on a daily basis. I began to ask myself This question. "What is it that makes me want to be healthy?" Good health is something I think about constantly, talk about constantly, so clearly it is one of my core values. As I began to ask myself this question I started making a sort of mental list of the reasons why good health is important to me, why I live the life I do basically. Here is what I came up with...(in no particular order)
-When I work out and eat right I feel better. I have more energy. I feel better about myself. I feel strong and able.
-I want to live a long happy, healthy, disease free life. I want to be able to move, and be mobile when i'm old! I want to be running half marathons at age 62! ;)
-I have studied the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I've seen the proven facts before my very eyes. The list of benefits that come from exercising and eating right is long; very long, and I like that.
- I have seen the positive effects it has had on my family and friends that have incorporated this way of living longterm.
- I feel like I have been blessed with a body that functions normally, and is able to do so much! I need to do my best to take care of it.
-When i eat right and exercise I look better. True statement. Some people might call it vanity, but I don't. I think that it is really important for people have a positive self-image. It can have an effect on all aspects of your life. If you don't feel good about you, how do you expect to be happy? How do you expect to help others be happy??
These are a few of my reasonings. As I started thinking about my own drive to be healthy, I began to think about health in our society today. From fitness water to heart rate monitors; it seems to be all the rage, but it makes me wonder. Is this just a phase, or are people really realizing the importance of good health? I most definitely hope it's the latter. The more I read and study in the health field the more I personally realize the truth of the matter. America is getting fat, unhealthy, and unhappy. So maybe one of my main reasons for doing what I do is beacause it makes me happy. Happy to feel good. Happy to see improvements in myself and others. Happy to challenge myself, and try new things. And of course..physiologically happy...endorphins baby!