I’m a firmer believer that health equals balance. But balance is a tricky thing because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s hard to define. Balanced looks different from person to person as they go through life’s ups and downs – even changing on a day-to-day basis! Sometimes balance means pushing yourself to exercise harder. Sometimes it means pulling way back.
This week, for me, balance means… well, just getting through the days! Work has been a bit crazy, and I had some personal stressors, so workouts just fell by the wayside. I caught myself feeling a bit guilty – I’ve got a Post-It on my fridge that saying “Remember who you’re exercising for!” (i.e. the baby) – but today, I recognize that rest is, in fact, better for both of us. Today, I’m giving complete permission to chill out, relax, and lay on the couch. It feels good. Listening to your body is never is a mistake.
On that note, I’ve been doing some excellent reading today!
For Your Reading Pleasure
This piece is about how more non-college student adults are engaging in binge drinking (nearly 1 out of 6 Americans binge drink 4 times a month)… As a reformed binge drinker, I found this article to very interesting, especially how adults who earn more than $75,000 who are more likely to binge drink than those who earn less (with the exception of low-income adult, who also have higher rates). The study didn’t comment on the causes, but I’m guessing stress. Mo’ money, mo’ problems?
Really interesting piece. The study “covered 10 years of running and almost 11 million runners, and found that only 59 people had a cardiac arrest during a race — 51 of them men.” The reasons were diverse – including genetic conditions, arrhythmias, and dehydration. But, interesting enough, the greatest predictor of survival was whether a bystander effectively performed CPR. I got certified last year but this article reminded me to take a refresher course ASAP!
Paula Dean’s recent diabetes confession sure has produced a media poopstorm, huh? I don’t have a strong opinion on the subject, mostly because I don’t think we know how she really eats on a day-to-day basis. But, of course, most of the food she promotes is unhealthy (and genetics play a role), and I do wish she had taken more personal responsibility instead of just hooking up with Big Pharm. Fellow blogger Katy Widrick wrote a really great response to the issue – What Paula Dean SHOULD Have Said. What do you think?
I loved the advice in the article, as well as this interactive piece on advice from the older generation on life, success, careers, and marriage. I really want to pick up the book mentioned in the article – it would be a good coffee table book!
Wanna weigh in on any of the articles?