I’m pretty convinced that health has got to be one of the foundations of a good life. Nothing is good when I’m sick, I just want to crawl into bed and die. The only positive I can take from it is that it reminds me to appreciate it when I am healthy. I have a tendency to take not-being-sick for granted, when I think it is something I should be grateful for.
If health is one of the key foundations, then it follows that I should put a bit of effort into it. It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about specifically. Sure, I’ve made resolutions nearly every year since I was 12 to lose weight and exercise, but those were really about appearance. I wasn’t thinking of the health benefits of exercising, and I don’t think losing weight is even a health goal. Most people who lose weight end up skinner but not healthier than when they started. I’ve known quite a few who have even ended up much less healthy than when they were a bit bigger. Needless to say, losing weight as an end in itself is no longer one of my goals.
Being healthier is definitely a goal for me this year. I think I still need to do some thinking and exploring around what this means for me, but for now, it includes the following:
- Eat real food. I’m currently avoiding anything with sugar in it, and anything processed, and instead trying to stick to good quality protein and vegetables.
- Exercise. I’ve started going swimming sometimes in the evenings, but it’s not really a habit yet. I’ve also started walking to and from work rather than driving or getting the bus.
- Get some sun. I’ve read a lot of research on the importance of vitamin D, so I’m trying to make sure I get some sun every day, or to take some vitamin D supplements if I can’t. There are probably other things I should have on here, but that’s all I’m focussing on for now.