What Is Health, REALLY? The pursuit of a healthy life often drowns us in a sea of definitions and expectations, each one offering a unique perspective on what it genuinely means to be “healthy.” These definitions frequently revolve around superficial attributes, dietary rules, and exercise routines, painting an incomplete picture. Having been in the health and wellness industry for some time, I’ve encountered various definitions of what it means to be healthy. Maybe you’ve heard some of them too. They often revolve around appearance or eating, and go something like this:
So, take a moment to contemplate these ideas. Consider whether a more comprehensive concept of health, as explained above, might support not only your appearance but also your daily life. Further, you might want to take a fun pop quiz to get a glimpse of how you view health:
1. Is health an objective to strive for, or is it an identity and a way of being that we live from?
2. Is health an external standard or image to reach, or is it a lifestyle capacity we nurture to truly live well and be happy?
3. Is health narrowly defined by appearances and desires, or is it an inner foundation that helps us better handle life’s stressors and challenges?
The Bottom Line:
However you may have answered, when health becomes more about living true health than a means to an end, we begin to realize our health more fully, including our appearance. It’s not that desiring weight loss or fitness is bad or unhealthy; it’s that they become the wider result of living a life of true health rather than being the sole focus. When we understand health as a primary resource for life, a foundation that enables us to live fully and manage hardship, health becomes robust and lasting, no longer reduced to our waistlines.
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Page Lauer, LMFT, CEDS
Behavioral Health Director
Page Lauer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and is knowledgable in all things obesity, weight loss, anxiety, stress management motivation, and relationship issues. Click the link below to schedule a 55 Minute 1-on-1 session with Page today.