What Healthy Means To You

This month we’re talking about being healthy.  I’ve been listening to some different shows and radio stations over the past month and it’s been a big reminder that there are all kinds of different people around the world who live in different ways, have different interests, and have different practices.  What may be “normal” for you may not be normal for me, you may have things in your life on a regular basis that I’ve never heard of or don’t understand the intricacies of.  For example I may understand the basics of fishing or cooking, but throw me in a boat fishing in the middle of the ocean for sailfish or on stage with Tyler Florence and I’d not do well.

So what does this have to do with being healthy?  Simply that healthy means different things for everyone, depending on preferences and what your body needs.  I may do well on the Mediterranean diet but you may prefer a high protein diet.  You may run miles every day while I prefer yoga.  I may spend my vacation walking popular National Parks while you hike the Appalachian Trail.  You may meditate while I use boxing to work on frustrations.  But it’s also about what’s available in our lives, like New Yorkers walking to work, people in waterside cities who eat more fish, those in Northern US states eating more meat they caught and people in warm climates who swim more.

So the first priority this month is to establish that the goal isn’t to make you live in a certain way that I think is “right” or what’s trendy right now.  It’s to encourage you to be more aware about the health practices you have and make smarter choices about how you’re living so that you can live a healthier and more satisfying life.  Yes, living healthy can be challenging at times as the whole world isn’t supportive of making healthy choices.  But more often than not with a little effort you’re able to make choices that make you feel good about yourself, feel good about how you’re supporting your family and help the planet too.

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