Happy Constitution Day! H, Roscoe, and I saw this sweet flag blowing in the cool, fall-like breeze on our walk today. At school, we were an endless sea of red, white, and blue today at school as faculty, staff, and students celebrated our country and its framework. It is certainly a hard concept to explain, but I did notice that the upper grade I’m working with this year seemed to grasp it a whole lot better than those sweet six year olds! As we were discussing the rights that all Americans have just for being members of our great country, I thought about what everyone our health rights. The World Health organization lists this on its website WHO Constitution: “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being…” (See website here).
I definitely want this right! The highest standard of health means I can live every single day of my life to fullest, uninhibited by chronic pain and disease. Sure, everyone gets a cold, the flu, or perhaps injuries a tendon or joint. I’m talking about feeling good 90% of the time. Nine out of your ten days should be good. I know that for some folks there is already a case of chronic disease/conditions, but let’s preserve the healthy we have! What can we be doing to increase our percentage of good days?
Although this is a complex question that lots of famous people make money off of (Dr. Oz…love him but he’s making a mint off of a simple answer!). My very own love-hate gal, Jillian Michaels, said it very plainly at a motivational speaking event that I attended last spring. Eat less, move more. That’s it! She’s a woman of few words and no messing around. I like it. Here is a link to her website. Lots of good resource there. She went on to elaborate on that whole “eat less” concept and added in some of the good foods we should be eating. You know this. Don’t eat processed crap. Eat protein, veggies, and fruits. Drink water. Don’t be an idiot and deprive yourself to the point when you eat ten donuts in the break room at work. Balance. Consistency. Small choices adding up over time to big things. That moving more business also means move fast more. No walking along at a slow enough pace to check your instagram. I mean really go!
The payoff for all this is your life. I think my life is worth this effort. Do you? I want to be fast enough to chase my little H, strong enough to pack up a box and haul it to where it needs to go, flexible enough to touch my toes, and have the stamina to keep up with the demands in the gym, at work, and at home without getting winded. It’s all worth it for these things. I plan to be around quite a while if that is in the plans for me. Here are a few fitness pics to get you thinking…
Image from Google Image Fitness Inspiration
Image from Instagram
One of my favorites! Found on pinterest
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.