If you hear the word “health”, what comes into your mind?
Is it diet?
Counting how many calories did you already consume?
Or sweating off till your tongue stuck out while you try to reach that weight loss goal?
It is not bad if you’re doing these methods to achieve that ideal definition of health. We may admit it or not, we’re getting dependent on that trend idea of being healthy. We’re browsing our Facebook homepage or Instagram, then we see one of our friends, lifting that hundred kilo or God knows how much does that barbell weigh. We often think I bet he’s living a healthy life.
Yes. And No.
If you’re going to the gym, it doesn’t mean you’re healthy or let’s say, going to be healthy. No dude. I hate to burst your bubble, but it’s not that simple as you think. Being in a gym doesn’t sound so simple at all, heck, that word ‘‘gym” alone makes me tired already.
I guess I was in my third year of studying nursing when I went to a gym with my friends. Yeah, there’s being cool in that idea alone of going to a gym. So I was there with my friends, trying everything we could see. It felt good really. That idea alone, that I sweat. I thought for a moment, wow, I might have lost a few calories. It’s really exhilarating, but afterward, no, the day after, I have muscle cramps, I thought I was going to have a fever. And I decided, I won’t go anymore to the gym.
But I am not discouraging you from going to the gym, I was just explaining what I have experienced.
And some people go to the gym nowadays, just to have that feeling of being ‘‘in”, like, ‘‘I’m gonna post it on my IG..” Well, yeah..admit it.
But if you really like to be healthy, you should know first what is health.
Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Health may be defined as the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental and social challenges throughout life.
So if we’re thinking, maintaining a balanced diet, counting calories and minimizing sugar in our diet, and going to the gym makes us healthy, we’re committing a huge mistake when we base the definition from the World Health Organization.
If we want to be healthy, it should come from within. Yeah, nutrition plays a huge role in getting that optimal health, but we should not only rely on what we eat or what we don’t eat.
Being healthy doesn’t only mean being physically fit, but we should be healthy in all aspects-emotionally, socially, spiritually, and mentally healthy. If one of them is interrupted, it also hinders a person achieving that goal of becoming healthy.
If you wish to be healthy, you have to work on it. I don’t have to say it once again, but I want to. Going to the gym and sweating doesn’t help you achieve that optimum health. It doesn’t end and work like that.
I do believe that a healthy lifestyle is parallel to optimal well-being and soul. It may sound hard for some, but changing your bad habits will help you achieve being healthy. Sounds easy, but in reality, it is not. Think health as one of the precious gems in the world, you have to treasure and take care of it, then changing lifestyle wouldn’t sound so hard as you think. If your current lifestyle causes bad effects on your life, you don’t have to think twice and ask why, instead, do something and heal your lifestyle.
Sometimes, it’s our own lifestyle which is the disease, not the disease itself. Did you ever ask yourself, where do diseases come from? Did you do something that it worsens your situation or your body condition? Come to think of it before it’s too late. Live while you’re young is really good but don’t wait for a time that you say, live while you still can.