Healthy = Happy

We all know that no one is more miserable than when they are sick. Take the common cold for example: aching joints, watering eyes, blocked nostrils, fever and a crushing weight in your head. You groan and sigh whilst you shuffle around the house trailing used tissues and the smell of Vicks. Sometimes you feel so sorry for yourself that you cry a little, nothing is any comfort and the people around you find you annoying. It’s no surprise then that when you experience ill health, you experience unhappiness. But did you know that when you have a positive outlook on life and are generally happy you will recover from these setbacks much faster?

As someone who has sky rocketing stress levels, I know that exercise will help me handle stress better and create a healthier body and mind. But I am also aware of my limitations and have come to the conclusion that I am not designed for exercise. Hibernation, yes. Exercise, not so much. A brief foray into my attempts at fitness:

I tried yoga. I fell asleep in the classes and developed migraines after each session. I can stand on my head though [if there’s a handy wall to lean against].

I joined a gym and got myself a trainer. He fleeced me of a lot of money and the gym smelled of sweaty socks. Also, I fell off the treadmill and pulled my quads so badly I couldn’t walk up the stairs without assistance.

I [very briefly] tried hip hop dancing. They called me J-No.

I tried kickboxing and rediscovered that I have no coordination. I got tangled up in the skipping rope and grazed my chin. Also, the instructor said I talked too much. And I don’t know my left jab from a right uppercut.

I tried running, on my first ‘fun run’ I got lapped by a lovely woman in a wheelchair. She laughed, I laughed, then I gasped at the intensity of the stitch that made me go blind in one eye for several minutes.

So exercise is not for me. Instead I chase a toddler around the house during the day and carry his not insubstantial weight around all night. I have done over 7 000 steps in one day at a shopping mall whilst carrying several heavy bags. I run up and down the 17 stairs in my house a lot because I have the memory of a goldfish. If you have long hair and a hair dryer then you will get a bicep work out at least twice a week.

It’s important to be active but find the way that works for you. Health isn’t only physical, its mental and social too. Do things in moderation. Enjoy and appreciate the life that you have, the body that enables you to live and love and the mind that is your biggest asset to a fulfilled existence.

You do your body good, your body will do you good – Floyd Mayweather, Jnr


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