Only 3% of the population is truly healthy, according to the American Heart Association.
I've been thinking about this recently because Bob Harper, fit trainer on The Biggest Loser, just suffered a heart attack at age 51. If you look up "fit" in the dictionary, I guarantee he's flexing in the picture. My uncle was also a fit and active guy who died of his first heart attack at age 60.
There are many factors in health besides what you look like:
Bob's mom died of a heart attack (health history), and even so, his fit lifestyle only got him so far...obviously. Bob practices meditation (mental health). I would assume he got his numbers checked each year at a regular physical (health numbers).
What went wrong? I can only assume, but here's some safe assumptions. The most basic is fitness and diet. He was active- nobody will argue that, but even fit and active people tout the benefits of looking lean with animal protein in their diet. Animal protein is debatable, because it is huge in the fitness industry. Hey, I used to work out with bodybuilders. But also to lose weight, people turn to animal protein. I'm not a vegetarian, but I have been, and I'm still meat-free some days every week. Bob was keen on protein, even the animal type.
Even though Bob's mom died of a heart attack, she didn't have one until she was 70. Bob is 51. Yikes! While the history may have had some involvement, I'm going to discount it.
Bob practiced yoga and meditation. Mental health covered, right? Wrong. My uncle did all this too, but when he wasn't practicing meditation, he was a Type A individual. Did EVERYTHING 100%. Is that healthy? Well, it looks amazing to the rest of us, but it serves little purpose for your own health. I know Type A's are compelled to be that way, but it's worth looking into for health's sake. Bob was a busy guy, and intense about his lifestyle even though it was a healthy lifestyle.
Did he get his health numbers regularly checked? I would assume he did, but this also serves as a reminder that we can feel healthy, but have a lot of things occurring in our body behind the scenes. A lot of "healthy" people don't feel they need to go to the doctor regularly or bother with their numbers.
Looking healthy doesn't always paint the whole picture. I still promote a lifestyle in moderation. I have had my own health issues even after being the most healthy person I knew, but because I can certainly be Type A, I have made significant lifestyle changes. Minus yoga, eating the perfect diet, meditation, intense workouts, and so on...I have learned to relax. Not the meditative type exclusively, but to relax about life in general.
I don't need to hit 100% on everything or do everything right:
Step out of your box of insanity (whatever you feel is terribly terribly important) and for one week, try giving less attention to what it is you give the most attention to. Look at your life as a whole picture, not simply your reflection in the mirror. And relax...
Get your mind right & get your body right!
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