Being healthy does not require your scale to have a certain number on it. Otherwise it could be said that if all males were 185 lbs and all females were 135 lbs they are perfectly healthy. HEALTH has little to do with your weight. It does, however, somewhat have to do with how much fat you have verses how much muscle mass you have. Your weight is merely a guideline of how much fat you do or do not have.
But once you are the “proper weight” and have the best possible muscles to fat ratio are you then healthy? Possibly not. Being healthy is not just about how much fat you have, either. I have known unhealthy lean people who you might look at and say they don’t have a pound to loose and you would, in fact, be correct. This is because your health is much like many other things in life: it is a complete compilation of many factors.
The factors that most strongly affect your health include:
- How much water you drink (that is WATER, not liquid!)
- How much and how often you move your body (not just exercise but literally MOVE IT!)
- What foods you eat on a regular basis and the amount of NUTRITION therein (Let’s face it; it is not healthy to eat chocolate cake and drink soda for every meal every day!)
- How much rest you get on a regular basis (Nope. Those 4 hours of sleep were NOT enough!)
- The quality of air you breathe
- The quality of your thought processes
Now that last one may have you going “huh”!? Haven’t you ever known someone who was negative and they pulled you down? When I worked at Wal-mart there was this lady who was always in a funk. No matter how happy I was when I went to work she would inevitably bring me down. Try as I may to remain positive, her negative attitude was no good for me and frequently got the best of me in the end. Your thoughts are no different. If your thoughts are negative – focusing on the glass being half-empty instead of half-full, for example – then they will inevitably bring you down. God says it better in Philippians 4:4-9 (my personal favorite verse):
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
So according to that if we let our anxiety go, give it to God in prayer and think happy thoughts then we will have peace.
So my whole scatter-brained point is this: Health cannot be judged by the number on the scale or how lean your body may appear to be. We must work on our whole-body health – mind included – before we can honestly claim to be completely healthy.
May God bless your health endeavors. Let me know if I can help!
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