“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” Said the very wise Mark Twain… Sorry Mark your statement, although it made me laugh, is not accurate.  I’m going to be a Health Teacher, which I’m very excited as well as scared out of my mind about.  junior high students are.. in an awkward stage of life.  but I chose this profession because it is what I’m passionate and may be a little obsessed about.  Plus I want to get Mark Twain’s way of thinking out of people’s minds.  According to Marcus Valerius Martialis, “Life is not merely being alive, but being well.”  That line is a little more accurate.  but define well??  According to Plato, The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”  Your state of health influences every part of your life.  Every single part.  

The definition of health isn’t fitting into a size 4 jean, eating only fruits and veggies, or even running miles and miles without stopping.  Health encompasses everything, from your physical fitness to your state of mind, to your social life and they are all interrelated.  Your social life can affect your self confidence and emotional state which can, in turn, affect your motivation which affects physical fitness.  Your physical fitness/appearance/weight can affect your self confidence which can affect your social life, which affects your mental and emotional state.  See what I mean its a circle.  Each part affects the other, which ultimately affects the whole.  Does that make sense??

I have focused this blog on running… because I like it.  But running only takes care of a part.  You don’t have to run in order to be healthy, although it is very good for your cardiovascular system, muscles, bones, even brain activity, and is quite an effective tool in trimming fat.  Any type of exercise will help with the whole, but you need more, you need balance.  You need nutrition, exercise, knowledge, goals, friends, family, love, fun, sleep, hygiene, self fulfillment, and even self indulgence… like chocolate for example.  To sum all that up in one word? Balance.

So in order to keep your health, eat and drink a balanced diet, do what you want along with what you’d rather not because life requires both!  Work on all parts, weak and strong, because with just one missing you will never be whole.



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