Looking Healthy is Good, But Being Healthy is Better
Have you ever checked out the people standing in front of you in the fast food line up and wondered why they aren’t as fat as you? They are about to eat the same food you are, so don’t they deserve the same fate? Of course they do, but life isn’t like that…so I have learned.
[You know this guy in the picture. He is that friend that can eat whatever they want and still look great. Not everyone is so fortunate. If you are part of the 20% of people that can eat whatever they want and still look great, then stop reading. If you are with the rest of us....please continue reading]
Looking Healthy: Image is Everything
Unfortunately genetics do play a role in the way we look, and while our friends might be able to order a Big Mac for lunch everyday and still maintain their figure, we are not so fortunate. It took me a long time to realize this, and even longer to accept it.
So what does a healthy person look like? Most people when asked would tell us that a healthy person usually has some of the following characteristics;
- Small waist size
- Abundance of energy
- “Twinkle in their eye” or glow
- Some noticeable muscle tone
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it does represent what many believe to be attributes of a healthy person.
[Maria Sharapova shows us how to look healthy and backs it up by living healthy too!]
The Good News
Almost anyone is capable of looking healthy, and surprisingly it’s not as hard as you think. The beauty/fitness/fashion industry preys on people trying to achieve this look. Wouldn’t it be nice to look healthy without putting in the time and effort to achieve the results? Of course it would, that’s why we fall for it every time.
Take a moment and think about products you may have purchased as a means to achieve this “healthy look.” If you have purchased a Red Bull in hopes of energizing yourself, or bought a specific outfit to hide your bulging waist line, then you have contributed to the “healthy look” economy. I have been a victim of this many times!
You Shouldn’t Judge a Book by Its Cover
[We all remember the mistake judges and a world wide audience made when they laid their eyes on Susan Boyle for the first time. Appearance can deceive us, being truly remarkable requires dedication and hard work.]
Years of unhealthy eating, and poor nutritional choices will catch up to anyone, so don’t think that skinny friend of yours is healthy when their diet consists of Cheetos and McDonald’s. They may be blessed with great genes, but what lies beneath the surface could be alarming. Be confident in your healthy ways and don’t let others belittle your attempt.
Why Being Healthy is More Important Than Just Looking Healthy: Benefits of being healthy
When we are physically healthy it shows and carries over into other aspects of our lives. We become more likely to try new things, more confident in our ability, increase immune system function, and become better equipped to handle stress. You can’t buy these benefits, but you can earn them!
Two Steps to a Healthy Life
1. Nutrition: Learn how to eat properly
By now you know my bias towards a diet that promotes clean eating. While I believe that the optimal way to eat is by implementing a true Paleo diet, it may not be the answer for everyone. Variations of the Paleo Diet are also a good place to start and may offer an easier solution for your particular circumstance. If you are looking for a good place to start then you can refer a past post thanking my mentors.
It is no secret that changing our diet alone will help us become a healthier people. Sadly, many people associate health and fitness with extreme diets and grueling fitness routines, but this doesn’t have to be the case. It has been estimated that a person’s body composition can be attributed to nutrition (80-90%) and exercise (10-20%). So if we had to choose the quickest and most impactful path to true health, it should be obvious to start with what we put into our body. To become optimal however, it takes a bit more than just nutrition.
2. Exercise: Get that natural glow and a twinkle in your eye!
I love watching people exit the gym. If you are ever in the situation where you are waiting for a ride, or just don’t have somewhere to be for a while, stop and take a moment to look at people when they leave the gym. There are a few things you will notice.
- People leaving the gym are still sweaty (nothing wrong with that!)
- People leaving the gym are probably in a rush (people that go to the gym have a greater sense of purpose)
- People leaving the gym have an unmistakable glow with an intriguing twinkle in their eye. That twinkle is not usually present in unhealthy people. This “glow” can take your smile from plain to Hollywood in seconds! The best news is that you can only pay for this “glow” with my favourite currency; sweat!
You can’t buy happiness, but you can achieve it!
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