What do you picture when you hear the word “health”?
It can be hard to define what health means to us. Does it mean physical strength or fitness? Does it mean never getting sick? Does it mean eating nothing but green things and water? How can a business be healthy if it can’t lift or eat vegetables? The word ‘health’ is used so often and yet we rarely stop to think about what it is that healthy living really means.
The World Health Organisation define health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Well-being means feeling comfortable, healthy and happy.
How do we find this balance of well-being within our own lives when it’s so broad and can mean so many different presentations?
I like to describe the 5 basics of good health as:
1. Water (average requirement is 2 Litres)
2. Nutrition (Click on the: Australian Guide to Healthy Eating)
3. Sleep (average requirement is 5-9 hours)
4. Movement (30 active minutes per day)
5. Connection (to God through daily prayer and Bible reading, and to others through daily positive interactions)
What these look like for you may be different because we don’t all need the same amount of them.
If you’ve been feeling unwell or stressed then it’s very likely that you aren’t getting the basics. Start by aiming for the average amount humans need of each. You may find that you need to build up to a goal slowly if it’s overwhelming at first.
Let’s aim to get healthy.