So what does being healthy mean to you? As Manly Chiropractors and Health professionals, all too often we meet people who think that if they are not in pain or ‘sick’ then that means they are healthy.
Unfortunately this is simply way off the mark when you consider what true health really encompasses. We have to look no further than the World Health organizations definition of health, “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
According to the Australian Department of Health and Ageing, 25 percent of Australians have inactive lifestyles (they take fewer than 5,000 steps a day) and 75 percent do not meet the weekly exercise recommendations (150 minutes of moderate activity each week and muscle-strengthening activity twice a week) to maintain good health. University of Missouri researchers contend that physical inactivity is the primary cause of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and fatty liver disease and that even people who set aside time for exercise regularly but are otherwise sedentary, may not be active enough to combat these diseases.
Ultimately your body and your health will represent the environment that you put it in. If you sit at a desk all day, do minimal exercise, smoke and have a poor diet then your body will reflect this.
If your health is not your top priority then you will always find more ‘important’ things that have to be done and find you have little or no time left to take care of yourself.
As a society we are getting sicker and sicker, with preventable lifestyle diseases the main causes of illness and death in Australia. Do you think we as a population would be any healthier if we have unlimited access to drugs or surgery?
“Healthy people are not healthy by chance. They are healthy because they make good lifestyle choices”