Spring has sprung! The flowers will be peeking their little heads out of the earth. The buds will appear on the trees and I will once again be taking my hour-long morning walks with Orchid, working out in the park with my trainer, Jeffrey, walking on my treadmill with the windows open in our apartment and walking to restaurants at night with my husband, Shelly, instead of “cabbing” it!
The seasons are the moods of the year. Our moods tend to follow the seasons. Though I lived in Honolulu where the season changes are subtle, my body felt different energies in summer, winter, spring and fall. Season changes are powerful. We feel and respond to life differently. Healthy living becomes a prominent factor in the season of spring.
I have my common sense health theories and Dr. Oz has facts. Let’s compare the two:
Honey Good’s Healthy Living Theories
- Optimism. I suppose we are born with optimism but I think if you make wise choices you can acquire it. Are you thinking about your choices?
- Love. Be a loving person. Don’t be selfish. Are you giving enough of yourself?
- Exercise. Own a pet or go to the gym! You will be forced to walk if you own a pooch. Walking has been proven to be the best exercise. If you prefer, get a gym membership.
- Family. Invest in and get involved with your family. Are you actively participating?
- Purpose. A purpose keeps your mind active. Are you bored with your life? Find a purpose.
- Laughter. Spend your time with people who are positive and bring humor to your life. Are you spending your time with the right people?
- Check-ups. Visit the dermatologist, ophthalmologist, dentist and internist as recommended and get your annual mammogram. I am alive today because I do the above.
- Be gentle. Remember, life is a compromise. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Dr. Oz has his theory. I read his article in Bottom Line Periodical.
- Run for five minutes every day. A study of over 55,000 adults found those who ran five minutes a day lived three years longer. The benefits were the same no matter how long or far they ran. In other words a person who ran less than one hour a week had the same benefit as a runner who ran for three hours a week.
- Drink coffee. Drinking three or four cups of coffee a day caused a lower risk of death from any cause. This study included over 973,000 people.
- Take responsibility. In the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology those adults who took responsibility for their health and their daily life lived longer. To be a pro-active person adds years to “good” living.
- Volunteer. People who give get back. A review of multiply studies found those who volunteer have a 20% reduction in mortality and lower levels of depression. Giving enhances their satisfaction with life.
- Have great sex. This is hard to believe, but true. A Duke University research project spanning over 15 years found that women who enjoyed sex, on average, lived 23 years longer!
- Stand-up. The Canada Fitness Survey says if you do not exercise regularly, you can still lower your mortality rate even if you just stand-up more often.
- Look on the “not-so-bright-side” of things. “A person with a positive attitude is blessed with a powerful tool in their ‘good life’ arsenal. But it has been proven that those of us with a little pessimism are more realistic and less idealistic about our lives; therefore more cautious and tend to live longer than our optimistic friends,” says Dr. Oz.
I think #7 under Honey Good’s of staying healthy and fit should be your first course of action. Be pro-active about your health, you only have one life – so make it the best you can!