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Giving Meaning to Being Healthy... Or Something

Thursday, August 01, 2013

I've asked the question about what makes someone healthy before ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=5371282
). Today I read a great blog post on SparkPeople that resonated with me -- "Is Being Lean Really Worth It?" www.sparkpeople.com/blog
/blog.asp?post=is_being_re
ally_lean_really_worth_it
It touches on slightly different, though similar themes from my blog post.

Also related, I came across an article from the Atlantic about how people who have meaning in their life have healthier gene expressions -- the cellular level! -- than those who rate their lives as simply happy (but without deeper meaning). www.theatlantic.com/heal
th/archive/2013/08/for-bet
ter-health-find-meaning/278250/


Being healthy is meaningful to me, not having the hottest body in my office or at the gym. I especially appreciated the SparkPeople blogger who said that our genetics plays a role in how we look. I really don't love the look of my legs, but I can't seem to change them no matter how much I exercise! emoticon

My work gives my life meaning, definitely. Of all the ways to be healthy, I think my health suffers the most in the lack of close relationships, and I sometimes have reservations about my decision to not have children. Everyone says that gives the deepest meaning of all.

Does the goal of being healthy give you meaning? What goals do you strive toward?
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BEE2LE 8/1/2013 10:19PM

    Being healthy does give me meaning. I'm a very emotional person. Exercise helps keep my emotions in check. My regular mode of exercise is to walk outside & that alone means so much to me! I can walk at the nearby arboretum/Cemetary, which connects me with nature close to my urban neighborhood. Or, I can walk around my neighborhood & appreciate the history and diversity that exists here. I also exercise a lot with my friends, so it gives us time to talk without children interrupting, and those connections mean so much to me!

So, there's a lot tied into exercise. It's probably why I'm so committed to it. I don't really have a lot of goals with exercise, except to keep it going!


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KNYAGENYA 8/1/2013 11:41AM

    There are many parts of healthy for me. Weight, eating exercise and mind set are all; parts of it.

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