As September draws to a close I am reminded that in one and a half months we will have the privilege, as American citizens, to cast our vote for the next president of the United States.
What does our next president have to do with health you ask? The way I see it, a lot. For example, regardless of whether you’re a democrat or republican, we need to educate ourselves on the topics that each candidate stands for and the same goes for our health. Education is the key to living a happy and healthy life. Knowing what to eat, when to eat and how food affects our bodies is one way we can educate ourselves to the benefits of pure vs processed and whole vs packaged.
The second way that the up and coming election relates to our health comes in the form of leadership. As we submit our ballots and trust our vote for the next leader of our nation, I realize that our families are trusting us to take care of ourselves and our bodies. Our spouses, our children and even our parents are looking to us to be the leader and be the example of good health choices. Smoking, drinking too much and even reckless habits teach our loved ones that we are not concerned with our health outcomes. If they follow that destructive lead our there is a good chance that future will not be the healthy and happy one we desire because they will be the ones taking care of us!
The third way that the election reminds me of our health is in the freedom we have to make choices. Yes, that does include the bad choices. But think of how many options we have to do certain exercises, how many food choices there are, our choice of supplements to fill in the gaps and of course the choice to make our health a priority in the name of the next generation’s future.
The fourth and final way that this election is indeed much like our health is the competition. Let’s face it, as we age, gravity works against us, our digestion slows down, our hormones change and we just don’t operate like we used too. Time is no longer on our side and it’s bad against good constantly! Good cholesterol vs bad cholesterol, high fat vs low fat, too much this and too little that. It is a lot to take in when our vitality is competing with the clock. It’s enough to create enormous amounts of stress and anxiety and we know that is not good for our health. Many pundits have discussed the mental stress that the election is causing people across the nation and just like our health, we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Finding someone to talk to about our concerns, our fears and our future is the best thing a person can do in regards to the anxiety the up and coming election may be causing.
There will always be something that causes stress, there will always be options to make healthy choices or unhealthy choices. The good news is that there are tremendous opportunities to take the initiative and educate ourselves on health so that we can lead the next generation into a state of well-being and fitness that surpasses even our own.