I recently watched an old episode of Baywatch. You know… the one from the 90’s. Iconic scenes of beautiful humans running down the beach in slow motion, dripping sweat, and tossing hair. It’s hard not to be envious of the classic “hot body” Hollywood look of David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
But here’s the thing — looks can be deceiving.
According to the World Health Organization — “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Being healthy is so much more than popping muscles or a thin waistline. Health is caring for the whole body and mind.
Speaking about the 90’s… Do you know what was popular around that time? Steroids. Rockstars, Pro Wrestlers, Movie Stars — everyone knew someone who was using them. It was the classic “muscle-man” era.
But using treatments is like being a turtle. You have a strong exterior, but a fragile interior. You also have to maintain that shell until it eventually cracks.
Steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone. Having increased testosterone helps the body build and maintain muscle. The issue is — abusing this can lead to some serious side effects and an eventual hard crash once usage is stopped.
Problems can include:
Natural weightlifting and bodybuilding is a much healthier option for your physical physique. In fact — you can generally see the exact opposite — positive effects — than if steroids are in play.
At one time or another, we’ve all looked at a person and thought daaaang! I want to look like them! But the thing is, we are our own people. Uniquely us. The way we view ourselves will directly affect our health.
Because — guess what? Every waistline is different. This is not a “one size fits all” model. There are people striving every day to thin out their hips, and others who want nothing but to add some substance to their curves. But the thing is — people need to make sure to consult with a professional on what is best for them.
A person who is 7+ feet tall may not be giving their body what it needs if they’re looking to be a size 0 in their waist. Or a person who has naturally very slender bones might overindulge if they’re trying to add curves in an unhealthy way.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to watching your waistline:
➤ Eat a primarily nutrient dense, whole foods diet
➤ Don’t overeat or under-eat
➤ Get plenty of exercise with rest days in between
➤ Consider your features (height, age, gender)
➤ Consider your profession (a pro athlete will eat and train differently than an accountant)
➤ Get proper rest
➤ Drinks lots of water
➤ Take care of your mental health
Skin and Hair
We’ve all seen it. Instagram worthy “models” with perfect silky smooth skin and flawless locks of hair that you can only dream of having.
But all of these have an expectation-vs-reality scenario to them. Precise lighting, a strategically placed camera, clever make-up tricks, and lots of image touch-ups.
Don’t waste your time chasing perfection when perfection is just an illusion.
Real healthy skin and hair comes from:
✅ Vitamins and Nutrients
✅ Proper Hydration
✅ Sun Protection
✅ Natural Care Products
𝗫 Harsh Add-Ons or Extensions
𝗫 Oils and Cover-Ups
𝗫 Long-Term Sun Exposure or Tanning Beds
𝗫 Dyes and Chemicals
Cats purr when they’re being pet, and then sometimes, rather suddenly — they nip you.
You never know how someone is actually feeling just by looking at them. Someone can appear happy when they’re sad. Someone who appears sad might just be bored. It’s best not to make assumptions about a cover when the inside can hold many layers.
Good mental health does not mean we have to be happy all of the time. It actually means an appropriate range and display of emotions. It also means managing complex relationships.
It’s called mental healthbecause it is part of our overall health. Taking care of your mind is taking care of your overall body.
The Whole Body
So — there you have it. The complex workings of a healthy human beyond our exterior. Go deep, learn about yourself, take time to understand what works best for YOU and your body. Understand that everyone is different, and that things on the outside don’t always reflect the inside.
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