The Buzz on Healthy Living Trends and Topics
Mar 21, 2013
11:50 AMHealth Kick
Welcome to Health Kick
Health is a funny thing. We read blogs and books and articles trying to find the keys to good health and a long life, and then we turn around and scarf down half a box of Girl Scout Cookies or a way-too-big burrito. We log miles on the treadmill and laps in the pool, but then we stay up too late, drink too much coffee or break an arm while chasing our youth disguised as a puck in an adult hockey league. As it is with most things, good health seems to live in a delicate balance of good diet, good habits, good exercise and good genes—sprinkled on top with a dusting of good luck. We can't change the genes and we can't influence the luck (very much, although some would argue that good sense is integral to good luck and lack of sense invites bad luck). We can, however, control the diet, develop good habits and exercise.
That's where Health Kick comes in. I hope to share what I learn about diet, habit and exercise so that you can adjust your own balance as you see fit. We all know that it's not always easy. Hamburgers and pizza taste good. Starting a day without coffee seems tortuous. Exercise can be hard to fit into busy schedules, and sometimes we try to make up for lost time with overzealous efforts that sideline us for weeks. It's also hard to be patient. Changes to diet, habit and fitness routines don't produce instant results. McDonald's does. But the long-term effects of poor diet, poor habits and insufficient exercise are often delayed as well. It's much more effective to head off heart disease and diabetes at the pass than it is to fight them when they arrive. They might seem to be years away, but they're closer than you think.
So let's get moving. Through my blog posts, I'll take you along some paths that I find insightful or illuminating. Also, feel free to suggest alternate routes. There is a lot of ground to cover. Mental health. Cancer. Diabetes. Aging. Each of those topics alone could spawn dozens of blogs of their own. Indeed, the sooner we start, the more we'll get to explore.