Health used to be defined by the absence of disease, while today health is portrayed by the media as having ripped abs and a big booty.
If we think about it, I'm sure many will agree that both of these are pretty terrible representations of health.
We all know people who are not sick but barely have enough energy to get by, and we all know some ripped beast who look healthy, but are using drugs to compensate for a shitty lifestyle.
While we might have a clear picture of what we think good health looks like, I think few remember how it really feels like.
If they did, I'm sure it would be a priority for more people.
The reason we tend to forget is because our health rarely is lost over night.
It happens slowly over time.
Often so slowly that we don't even notice it until it's too late.
When we do things to sacrifice our health, it slowly chips away at our energy, mood, our drive to follow our dreams and ability to deal with lives challenges.
Like a poison drip, it won't kill us, just slowly make us weaker.
I think the biggest problem with health is that we try to isolate one factor like "eating healthy" or "being more active" and we call it health.
We will never achieve true health with this perspective.
Our health is the sum of a whole list of factors.
Things like sleep, stress, nutrition and physical activity are the obvious ones.
Less obvious factors are the need for social connections, light exposure, time spent in nature, a sense of purpose our mindsets and world views.
All these factors are known to have a physical impact on our bio- and health markers.
This is probably why we see inmates getting sick when put in solitary confinement.
This is probably why we see an increase in disease and death when old people retire
This is probably why we see people with depression having a longer overall recovery time
Good health is the sum of all these factors, and until we are able to look at health from this holistic point of view, the health epidemic we are currently experiencing will not go away.