What is Health?

The World Health Organization defines health as a, “complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Even within that definition the concept of complete and social-well being are open for interpretation, so what does health mean to you? I once heard a co-worker say that, “Health, like art, is subjective to the individual. You can try to define it, but each interpretation is going to be different.”

To me health is about being in balance. It’s not all about an ideal size and weight. It’s not all about what parts do or don’t jiggle in a bathing suit, and it’s not all about the magic numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI…) I feel healthy when I take care of myself. I feel healthy knowing that by eating right, getting enough sleep and exercise and surrounding myself with people and activities that are positive, uplifting and energizing, makes me a better more productive person.

A close family friend asked me why I worked so hard to be healthy, because as he says, “We’re all going to die anyway.” He does have a good point, though I choose to take a different approach. Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t die with your music still in you?” That is how I choose to live. By being healthy I can live life to the fullest. I never feel like I missed out on something because a part of me is in dis-ease preventing me from living the life I want. I can be present in each moment and I can be grateful for all of life’s experiences.

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