The idea of health and fitness is wildly popular, particularly during this time of year. But becoming a truly healthy person can be a mighty feat to pull off.
The 2017 Obesity Update by the OECD placed Canada among its most overweight countries, with 25.8% of the population aged 15 and over considered obese. More than one in two adults and nearly one in six children are overweight or obese — and this trend is worsening.
We’re living in a society that is wired to make us sick, overweight, depressed and stressed out. Our culture didn’t get this unhealthy by accident. From the processed-food industry to smartphones, society is designed to keep us buying into products and behaviors that hurt us.
We can change this crazy mixed-up world. We can reclaim our well-being but it’s going to take some revolutionary effort to make it happen.
The Time for Complacency Is Over.
Tempting as it may be, we can’t blame this all on a conspiracy of health-sapping influences.
Yes, it is true that we’re surrounded by supersized junk foods and sedentary pastimes. Yes, we’ve been saddled with misleading labels and industry-influenced dietary guidelines. Yes, we’ve been bombarded by demoralizing media, manipulative advertising, and downright lousy advice.
But still. We’ve taken a lot of that sitting down.
For too long, we’ve allowed ourselves to be over-prescribed, overfed, under-informed and overindulged. We’ve been quick to embrace superficial solutions and half-baked ideas.
The greatest threats to our well-being lie in the health-depleting decisions we make every day by default. Because healthy choices have been rendered tougher than they ought to be. And because we’ve been willing to tolerate the intolerable. Until now.
Every day, more and more of us are waking up to the realization that no one is going to save us but us. We are learning about our bodies and minds, and doing what it takes to keep them strong.
We are starting to treat our health like the fundamental priority it is.
We are rising up to take back the power for our own well-being. And we are discovering just how good that feels.
A revolution doesn’t happen overnight, it takes dedication and hard work. If you really want to make a change, then let’s do it — together! I won’t lie to you, it’s not going to be easy. Committing to a healthier lifestyle is just that — a commitment, and it’s a big one that will take a lot of work. But believe me when I tell you it’ll be worth it! I bet you’ve already tried it your way, so let’s give our way a try.