“Never half-a$$ two things. Whole a$$ one thing,” Ron Swanson said to Leslie Knope while opining about juggling middle school, leather tanning, and sheet metal.
And I couldn’t possibly agree more.
So when I say that people should take care of their health, what actions come to mind?
Bingo. That’s the first place most everyone goes and for good reason.
How about eating better?
Yes! We all know (or should know) by now that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Just doesn’t happen.
In fact I could make the argument that nutrition is even more foundational that exercise.
But why choose just one?
How about sleep? Gotta throw that one in there, too.
Say we put these three things together. That comes out to, on average:
1 hour a day in the gym.
1 hour a day eating.
8 hours a day sleeping.
Honestly, I’d be willing to wager that those numbers are high.
But let’s roll with it anyways.
That’s 41.6% of your day.
What about the other 58.4? What would Ron Swanson say?
Are we half-a$$ing our health?
At the International Health Conference in New York, health was defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
We’ve known for almost 73 years that health is so much more than a physical state. Yet we spend almost 1 TRILLION dollars annually on health and wellness designed to impact our physical beings.
We’re half-a$$ing it, friends. Maybe even worse.
So let me ask you this question:
How is your mental and social health right now?
Go ahead and hit reply and let me know. Your answer won’t go beyond the inbox, I promise.