With the New Year upon us, most of us turn our thoughts to resolutions and goals for the months ahead. A majority of these goals have to do with health and fitness. However, most of us struggle with the question “What does it actually mean to be healthy?”
Each year it seems as if that question is becoming harder and harder to answer, with a seemingly endless array of new diets popping up—Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and juicing are a few that come to mind—making it difficult to decide what foods are actually good for you and what you should avoid eating. Not to mention, all the talk about how to exercise to loose weight as quickly as possible. All that information can be pretty confusing and overwhelming while trying to navigate your personal health.
To begin, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines health as “the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially freedom from physical disease or pain.” I really like this definition because it establishes the connection between body, mind and spirit, something that is oftentimes overlooked. For example, if you eat right (yes, it is okay to indulge sometimes) and workout you will have more focus and energy to do the things you love, which, in turn, will make you feel more satisfied and fulfilled as a person. To me, that is what health is.
Of course not everyone is the same. For some, eating three hearty meals a day and lightly working out for 30 minutes makes all the difference, while others prefer to eat six small meals a day and do a longer, more rigorous workout to feel their best. It all depends on what works best for you.
I hope our “Health and Fitness” issue offers some guidance with articles on exploring Arizona’s national parks, a famed Phoenix healthy eatery and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen’s tremendous story about overcoming fitness obstacles.
Until Next Month,