Good Choices

The choices you make today will have an impact on tomorrow. Most people never commit to make good choices. They are led by popular culture and the flavor of the day. You can change that now.

Play 

Play is a key ingredient to success and happiness. Many people in society today have forgotten how good it feels to

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play in a significant way. I’m not talking about the movement required to roll off the couch in search of a lost remote control. I’m talking about the type of play that makes life enjoyable and meaningful. I’m talking about turning the TV off, shutting down the computer and getting outside to enjoy everything and everyone around you. 

Movement 

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It seems silly to be discussing general movement, as a way to maintain health, but it really is not.  Some of us have become so accustomed to minimizing our movement on a daily basis that when we finally embrace a program like this, where physical activity is encouraged, it may take some time to get used to. 

What Success Isn’t

Before defining what real success is, it is important to discover what success is not.  The world and our troubled

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society have had a lot to do with most people’s current definition of success.  If you were to take a field trip to your local mall and stand at one of the entrances, you would get a fair cross section of society.  If you asked each person who walked by you to define success in their life, you would get many different answers.  The answers would be just as varied as the people who pass by.  I would be willing to bet, though, that the vast majority of these answers would revolve around the following themes: power, prestige, fame and the big ones, money and possessions. 

Change Your Motivation

It has been said, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.”ii  I think this truth has been lost in the world today.  People run around trying to accumulate things.  They work long hours in an effort to get more stuff.  They sacrifice time spent with family and friends to feel successful.  What is the fruit of all this materialism?  Everywhere marriages are falling apart; children who never get the benefit of a relationship with their parents, and emptiness and despair as people reach for more of everything. 

The Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

“If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit.  If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit.  The fruit

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tells you about the tree.”lxxxi  These words can apply to many different areas of life.  They are very true when applied to your health.  You will get exactly what you put into your plan of health.  There are so many benefits from living a healthy lifestyle that they are too numerous to mention.  I will briefly touch on the main ones here: 

The Truth About Health

For now, let’s look at some possibly hard truths. If you are not taking care of your own physical health, then you are unable to care for or help other people.  It is probably about time you put down the Big Mac and milkshake, bought yourself a nice pair of running or hiking shoes and just realize what you may be missing out on by ignoring your health for so long.