Health, what is it? What does it look like to you? To me, health looks like not being on medication for any reason (unless I have a disease that has to be controlled), no reason to take supplements because I am making sure that I am getting adequate nutrition from what I eat, eating for energy and really no other reason, and making sure that I am exercising my muscles (including the heart) most days of the week.
There is more said in the above paragraph then what you might have just thought you read. Meaning, if I am not taking medication for any reason probably means that I am not suffering from depression. I do not think people get. If you exercise and eat right you will feel so much better. I know it is hard. I have been there; done that. Those days where you just do not want to get out of bed – you are so miserable that you know that you glass today is half empty.
So to the question, what is the best way to get healthy? How do we get to the point where we have mastered healthy? I personally do not think I could absolutely obtain health without always striving to be better and want more. However, I will tell you where I would begin. First is to learn that when people say carbs – they usually do not understand that fruits and vegetables are carbs and eating them fresh or cooked very little they are very good for you. It is however bad to eat carbs that quickly turn into sugar like potatoes (look up glycemic index) or what I think of bad carbs like everything that is processed. If it is not in it’s original state or pretty close to it’s original state – then it is processed. Basically if it is in a package and on that package it has a list of ingredients then it has been processed.
Okay, what is next? We’ve figured out some ways to eat healthier (not a very detail list of ways, but a list it is). Now let us try some exercising. Okay if the question is how do we get healthy, there might be an over all problem or thought that one gets very little exercise. If this is accurate but you have not been injured then you probably participate in ADL. This stands for Activities of Daily Living. This is very important to the older generation. You want to make sure that they keep the muscles so that they can continue to do enough movement to do normal daily activities. If you want to become healthy, you need to workout your muscles. You do this in two forms of exercise: aerobic (requires air) and anaerobic (not requiring air). To tell the difference running, dancing, playing a sport is aerobic and lifting weights, bands, body resistant exercises are anaerobic. You want to get exercise most days of the week for about forty minutes.
This is just the beginning. However, if you are anything like me you will find yourself so stoked over exercise and nutrition that you will have to learn more. I could never absorb enough information on this topic. I am a NASM Certified Weight Loss Specialist. I am currently working on a group fitness certificate, a biblical health coach certificate, a NASM Personal Trainer Certificate, and a degree in exercise science.