Good health isn't all about numbers. And it goes a lot farther than a daily workout and a healthy breakfast. It's how you live your life.
When asked to describe the qualities of “healthy people,” we might talk about how often they workout, the kinds of foods they eat, the amount of weight they can lift or the distances they can run.
But good health isn’t all about numbers. And it goes a lot farther than a daily workout and healthy breakfast.
Here are 10 things healthy people do on a regular basis:
1. Healthy people avoid extremes.
They workout, but they recognize that an hour of exercise can be more beneficial than two hours. They don’t overeat, but they also realize that prolonged food deprivation doesn’t improve the body, it weakens it. They might enjoy an alcoholic beverage, but they know when they’ve had enough. They find balance in all they do.
2. Healthy people don’t “diet.”
They eat healthy. They consume fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats. They choose fresh over processed. They don’t count calories. They enjoy food, but they don’t let it control their lives.
3. Healthy people don’t obsess about the scale.
They understand that how much they weigh isn’t as important as how their clothes fit or how they “feel.” They might use the scale as a tool, but they don’t let a bad weigh-in ruin their week.
4. Healthy people rest.
They recognize that their bodies need to time to recover after exercise. They also understand that a lack of sleep can snowball into a string of unhealthy activities like making poor eating choices and lackluster workouts. They know that they can do everything better after a good night’s sleep.
5. Healthy people manage stress.
They don’t sweat the small stuff. They are able to let go of the things they can’t control. They understand that no matter how desperate things might seem today, they won’t seem as bad tomorrow.
6. Healthy people don’t compare themselves to others.
They understand that there will always be somebody prettier, somebody stronger, somebody smarter, somebody more talented. Healthy people compete with themselves, trying to be better than they were the day before, not better than somebody else.
7. Healthy people don’t let small problems become big ones.
They take care of medical problems early on. They rest injured body parts instead of trying to “work through the pain.” Similarly, they anticipate life’s problems before they happen, or at least learn to manage them before they spiral out of control.
8. Healthy people connect physical and emotional well-being.
They understand that the fittest person in the world can also be the unhappiest. They recognize that the smartest and most emotionally sound person in the world could die way before his time if he doesn’t take care of himself physically.
9. Healthy people have fun.
They laugh. They smile. They know how to have a good time. They make mistakes, but they live life with few regrets.
10. Healthy people don’t rely on others for happiness.
They don’t give anyone the power to control their happiness and well-being. They create, cultivate and control their own joy. And they share that joy with others who appreciate it and respond in kind, not those who drown it out with negativity, fear and jealousy.
Healthy people are the way they are because they do healthy things consistently.
Frank Shelton is a certified fitness trainer and director of Premier Sports Performance. He can be reached at (302) 463-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.