After reading my last blog post, you might be thinking “great, so I’ll die a long, painful death. Thanks Carol for ruining my day”. But fear not. You are the master of your own destiny.
Whether or not you get chronic disease is largely determined by your own choices. Genetics aside, a handful of so called behavioural risk factors cause chronic disease: lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol, smoking, inadequate stress management and insufficient sleep. It’s pretty simple: if you lead a healthy life, you stay healthy. That’s the opportunity. And the challenge.
For most of us the problem is not lack of knowledge but lack of motivation. I’m sure hardly anyone will say: “What? Eating junk food while smoking on the couch will shorten my life? Now there’s a surprise!”. But many of you will know how hard it is to actually get up off that couch. And chose a salad over a burger. And then do the same again tomorrow and the day after.
Humans are lazy and comfortable. That’s just how it is. And it’s the reason why changing your behaviour can seem almost as hard as climbing Everest. But it’s not. The goals you need to hit are very much within reach. If you smoke or drink too much you could be addicted and should seek professional help. Otherwise the World Health Organization tells us: be active for 300 minutes a week, strengthen your muscles twice even if it’s just for 10 minutes, eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, sleep well and manage your stress. That’s all it takes.
Stay healthy and engaged
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