How To Define Health In Our Present World
The idea of health is a very interesting one to say the least. In our fast-paced world that we live in, the idea of what it means to be “healthy” must change. And this must be defined for every individual, because we are all different.
In a world where most people are stuck behind a computer for much of their lives, exercise less frequently, and eat a high amount of processed foods, it is safe to say that things have changed.
Our hunter gatherer ancestors simply had much different lives than us. For most of us, a daily 3-hour walk is unrealistic. It is also very unlikely for us to cook our own locally grown, Organic produce.
The goal of this article is to give different options for how to redefine our health in an ever-changing world.
As society evolves, we, as humans are becoming more and more artificial. Instead of “exercising” to find food, we go to a gym to exercise. We create foods in labs and socialization via our phones.
In order to live a healthy, well-balanced life, we must be conscious of our actions.
A long-term cure for depression are not anti-depressants. The cure for anxiety and stress are not pills. The cure for our high blood pressure are not beta blockers.
In the short-term, these pills work wonders. However, they only treat the symptoms, leaving the problem unsolved. In emergencies, these pharmaceuticals should be used. They can even be life-saving.
However, they should not be a part of your daily routine.
Depression is often caused by a lack of connection, a lack of purpose, a poor diet, inadequate exercise, isolation, deep-rooted childhood issues, addiction, relationships, etc.
Taking a pill may cause a temporary endorphin rush making you feel happy, but eventually this wears off resulting in the inevitable relapse.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious all the time, maybe going to a psychologist or taking on a meditation or yoga practice can be a really good method to improve.
If you have high blood pressure, this is most likely a sign of a sedentary lifestyle lacking a healthy diet. The cure is exercise. stress management, and a better diet, not more pills.
Exercise is anything that gets your heart rate up and gets a little sweat going. And you do not need much of it. Find time to exercise every day and I promise your life will greatly improve. Whether it is 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, get active!
Exercise cures so many issues. And it feels so good. There are few things better than an after-workout endorphin rush.
Exercise does not have to be performed at a gym. It can be done at the park or in your home. It can be as sophisticated as a plyometrics workout, or as plain and easy as jumping in circles.
If you have kids, play with your kids.
If you like sports, go play recreational basketball, tennis, soccer, football, etc.
You prefer walks? Go for a long walk.
Just get your heart rate up a little bit. Make it fun and something you look forward to. It can even be your social event to spend time with friends.
Make things easy for you. Try and eat foods that are in their natural state. This means, for the most part, avoiding the isles in the supermarket.
Try to stick to eating more fruits and vegetables, healthy nuts, such as almonds or cashews, seeds, legumes, brown rice, lean meat, and even some dairy, including yogurt, cheese, or milk.
If you do eat foods that are not the healthiest, work on portion control. Eat a serving or two instead of the whole bag.
But know that it is a big challenge to eat healthy. With fast food and processed sweets around us 24 hours a day, it is hard not to succumb to temptation. If and when you do, realize that it is okay and do not be too hard on yourself.
About Danny Maman My name is Danny Maman. I have a real passion for health and fitness and enjoy having a life that revolves around this. I have my bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in allied health. I am also a certified personal trainer with ACE and am a former college basketball player.