Tuesday, February 9, 2010

E = mc2

It would seem many Americans are in search of the one easy answer to achieve and maintain health and wellness. I think the vast majority of people would happily take a pill to stay thin if they could continue eating fast food (we spend billions of dollars each year on weight loss pills and surgeries). We could continue to treat our bodies poorly and wait for the magic cure to make us better (or end up like the humans in Wall-E). I, for one, don't want to live that life. There really is a better way. And, the answer is something far more simple.

Let's invoke the wisdom and intelligence of Einstein with his theory of relatively. E=mc^2 where E is energy, m is mass and c is the speed of light squared. Could we perhaps modify the equation just a bit for health? I propose: E = Health and Wellness, m= food and c squared = exercise. Therefore we'd achieve Health and Wellness if our approach looked something like this:

In other words, exercise more than you eat. You would have more energy (health and wellness) if you ate moderately and exercised more.

There are a few things to keep in mind here. Whole, natural, organic (aka non-processed) foods are better for us than the things stored in the interior aisles of the grocery store. And, every little bit of exercise counts. Sure, it is great if you spend an hour a day doing cardio and lifting weights. And, if you don't do that, don't be discouraged. The best approach to exercise is to start small, do a little more each day and include lots of variety so you (and your body) don't get bored. You can make a huge difference in your "E" by simply taking a walk every day during your lunch break.

So can we have this diagram as a subtle reminder to take better care of ourselves. Perhaps you'd like to print it and put it on your refrigerator. Magnets anyone?

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