I think one of the biggest mistakes people (both the general population and health professionals) make is assuming health is the same for every person.
Of course, there are some things we can quite confidently say are or aren’t healthy; but despite health having some objective measures, it’s a highly subjective and individualized word. When I think about health, I consider four aspects that all impact on one another:physical, mental, emotional, and social (you may also wish to include spiritual).
We focus on physical health quite a lot in today’s society, which is both a good and bad thing. It’s great to see more knowledge being shared about the importance of exercise as well as nourishing and fueling the body through mindful eating. However, we need to remember that a healthy diet and exercise program will vary from person to person.
What may be considered physically healthy might not always be emotionally, mentally, or socially healthy.
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