What does it mean to live a “healthy lifestyle?”
The phrase itself, though not necessarily a novel concept, is all the rage in today’s mainstream society. From weekend warrior obstacle courses to weight-loss challenges, getting fit is what’s trending now.
But there’s something fundamentally missing here.
A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong approach to living that promotes a balance between mind, body and soul that aims to improve one’s health and overall well-being. If you’re hitting the gym twice a day, six times a week, but never engaging your mind with reading, writing or learning, you’re neglecting this balance. If you’ve overlooked taking the time to stimulate your spirit by meditating, praying or giving to others while never missing a Zumba class, then how can you honestly expect to achieve a truly healthy lifestyle?
Try to envision the porcelain-plate spinning circus performer. The performer has to continuously rotate each individual plate with enough speed to keep them steady long enough to hold every plate in perfect position. If too much attention is given to one plate, the other plates start to slow. If not adjusted in time, they will begin to wobble and eventually come crashing down.
You are the performer. And the plates you are spinning are the layers of a healthy lifestyle: mind, body and soul. Too much emphasis on one layer can result in the others losing their importance and simply falling away. Maintaining this harmony takes great focus, effort, and the understanding that a healthy lifestyle is much more than a great workout; it’s a choice and a process. It’s a balance.
My question to you is, how are you spinning your plates?
Written By: Coach DJ Williams
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