A lot of people think that being healthy means having a 6 pack abs or running the mile under 5 minutes. The truth is that it is unique to each of us to define what « being healthy » really means.
Take for instance a bodybuilder stepping on scene during his competition. Normally, this kind of athlete will have bodyfat measurements of around 3-6%. To give you an idea if you are not familiar with these numbers, the average for the population is about 15% for men and 18% for women. It would then be easy to only take into consideration this number to judge that our bodybuilder is in better shape than the average Joe right?
Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Being healthy means a lot more than a simple BF% number or your time for your latest run. Looking back at our bodybuilder, if he never eats out at the restaurant with his family, misses his children’s activities because he needs to go back to the gym for a second time, or maybe he looks at himself in the mirror with disgust, do you still believe that this is healthy?
Without a doubt, it is important to be comfortable with our own body. But being healthy also includes our head. We often forget about this, but the mental aspect is as important if not more than the physical one. One must make choices that will bring comfort not only to his body but to his head. That might mean skipping gym one day and not feeling guilty. That might mean having that bowl of ice cream. That might mean taking that vacation with your wife. Whatever it is, in the grand scheme of things it probably won’t matter that much. But being healthy is a total package which includes your head, your stress level and everything in between.
Because after all, in my opinion, being healthy means to have a balanced life.
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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
– Marcus Aurelius