Movement. The increased heart rate. The tense muscles. The clear mind. The focus. Exercise is a huge part of our health – from our mental wellbeing to our physiological chemistry – and huge part of what it means to be human.
Food is our fuel. Without it, our bodies simply don’t work. It’s also an emotional part of who we are. We bake goods to show we care, and we treat ourselves to ice cream when we’ve accomplished something. Food keeps us alive, and can kills us. We have very complicated relationships with food.
The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Without our health, nothing else matters. Certainly, health is impacted by many things – our genetics, our environment, our social system, our healthcare system, and our behaviors. Here, we’ll tackle a few of the many issues, including movement and food, that impact our health.