What is Health?

We want our bodies to be healthy. "Health" is the word that we use to describe all those good things a body should have. It is a loose term.

We might describe health as the ability to execute a pull-up, as sitting at a desk without back pain, or as running without being winded. Other times, we think we are healthy if we stay away from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Whatever we mean, it is important to be clear. It is important that we are specific about the claims we make and about the goals we set for ourselves.

Don't think of it as "being healthy." Instead, set a goal of X. Then ask, "What do I need to do to get X?" X can be getting in shape, lowering risk for heart disease or cancer, or becoming Mr. Universe. Shape your habits to get what you want out of your body.

You can shape your habits in two ways: you can change what you put in your body and you can use your body in a specific way.

Do you want to lose weight? You will have to focus on putting less calories into your body than you use. Do you want to make some capital gains and put on some muscle mass? You will have to stress your muscles and eat sufficient building blocks.

On this blog, we are going to go on a journey. Some of us are further along than others, but we all have goals in mind. We are going to accomplish our goals by making the right changes to our bodies. Much like we have to plan our business to comply with rules, minimize our obligations, and maximize profits, we have to plan our lives to achieve our goals of health and wellness.