Here’s the choice we all have. We can either be a part of the 80% of Americans who don’t eat properly, sleep enough, make time for healthy relaxation, don’t spend quality and quantity time with friends and loved ones, and simply live in a delusion of being healthy.
This group is likely ill, overweight, emotionally stretched, take an overwhelming amount of daily medication, watch their blood pressure and cholesterol levels soar and their energy plummet.
Or, we can take the more difficult path, optimizing and reclaiming our own health, fitness and wellbeing, adding years of good living to our lives. It’s up to us to either choose a passive path to illness, only changing when it’s nearly too late, or take the right steps to actively defend our health and keep ourselves on a pathway to wellness. We just can’t do both.
The data is alarming:
- More than 70% of Americans are overweight or obese
- Less than 30% of Americans get any regular exercise
- 50% of adults in our country suffer from at least one chronic illness
- Psychological research points to the astonishing fact that 80% of Americans are “just getting by” when it comes to wellbeing and life satisfaction. Only 20% are “thriving.”
- More than 50% of Americans take at least one prescription medicine at any given time.
- Being healthy, fit and having a positive sense of wellbeing places us in the minority.
One of my regular reads, “Experience Life” magazine, has been promoting a truly remarkable revolution in do it yourself health, ”Being Healthy is a Revolutionary Act.” You can find the “Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed Up World” and “101 revolutionary ways to be healthy” at www.RevolutionaryAct.com
Here are their 10 revolutionary “truths”:
1. The way we are living is crazy
2. There are powerful social, economic and political forces undermining our health
3. The time for complicity is over
4. The resistance is alive and well
5. Being healthy is a revolutionary act
6. This is not about six-pack abs and skinny jeans
7. Inaction is not an option
8. The best defense is a good offense
9. Forget about quick fixes
10. Solutions in the mirror may be closer than they appear
Makes you want to read more and join the revolution, right? Only if you want to repossess your health, (which, by the way, is number five among their 101 ways to be healthy.) Interested in some of their other ways?
Try these: “Practice medicine without a license,” “Aim for 85%,” “Redefine your goals,” “Embrace play,” “Find your fitness edge,” “Say ‘no’ to sodas,” “Identify real hunger and beware of artificial hungers,” “Beware the USDA food pyramid,” “Rest up,” “Invest in your health,” “Go easy on the sugar and flour,” “Focus on action, not outcomes,” and ”Make being healthier easier.” Each one of these, and all 101 of them, has interesting information on their website, too much to include here.
Become a revolutionary and go to the website to download the free 16 page handbook that includes this information and much more. It just might help you make the right choice to reclaim your health, become “healthy, hopeful with high vitality” who gives up fast food, learns to cook, gets more active, chooses health care providers who support health not just cure illness, and teaches children the value of the bodies they were born into. Our society makes being unhealthy far too easy to not join this revolution.