A few days ago, on the running forum, someone posted a question. A question that all of us often ask.
How do you improve your health?
Here was my reply:
- sleep 7-8 hr a day
- eat as much veges and fruits as you can
- reduce as much fast food and junk as you can
- keep your life stress free (don't cramp with too much activities)
Someone did menthion drinking lots of water. I guess 4/5 ain't bad.
Healthy living is really simple. But how often have we gone into sophisticate method (calorie counting), fad diet (alkins) and all bunch of fancy shamcy stuff (you know that secret root from that tribe in Africa that makes people skinny and happy and have beautiful hair...) that we forgot about the basics.
I, myself, confess that I have trouble following my own suggestion. Sleeping 7-8 hr a day is a challenge.
My answer ain't rocket science. I read a few days ago that scientist discovered that eating more veges can improve your health and reduce the risks of cancer. Really. You mean all the time my parents didn't lie to me when they told me I should finish my veges b/c they are good for me?
The amount of knowledge and science we have about health and nutrition is staggering. Just go to your local book stores. They have stacks of books about nutrition and health. If we know so much about helathy living, how come people are not getting healthier?
Here is where the rubber meets the road. Very few people are willing to make a lifestyle change to become healthier. We know but we often don't do. I, myself, is a sinner of that as well.
Looking at it from a Christian perspective. The Bible, the Word of God, have many references and lessons to teach us how to stay true to our faith. There are many, many books written about Christian living. Knowledge over thousands of years are compile and readily available. Yet we still struggle in sins. We all choose to be complacent.
Jesus gave us the simplest answer of all. When He was challenged by the Pharisees about the greatest Commandent to follow..His answer (Matthew 22:37-39):
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'[b] This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[c] "
It is not what we know, rather but what we do. More importantly, where the rubber meets the road, is our actions consistent with what we know?