The issue of obesity brings this debate to the forefront, what kind of quality life can someone who can barely walk because of their weight have? Also our endless striving to achieve by working longer and longer hours with the increasing street, what kind of quality of life does that bring? How did we go from one of the most physically fit nations, to just wallowing in our weight? I believe the answer lies in our lack of time for ourselves and our families, and the mis-information that we are fed by commercial food companies.
As a matter of course, all responsible persons should take the time to educate themselves, and their children, about the benefits of healthy eating. Learning to eat for life in a health conscious way is one of the best guarantees for a long and fulfilling life. The quality of our lives is as important as the quantity to most individuals, but because of debilitating disease, we are often forced to make a decision and choose between quality and quantity.
Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, the average person’s life span now exceeds eighty years. If you stop to think, that’s quite a long time to walk around on this earth. Along with the wonderful life expectancy increases, however have the detrimental effects of overeating and unhealthy eating. It seems that as we advance in one area, we regress in others.
Today, we must determine how much nourishment we need, how much physical exercise we need, and how best to accomplish those ends. Calorie needs, nutritional needs, physical needs, and education about those needs now is information we should all understand, at least as it applies to our individual self. If you will visit your local doctor, library, or fitness center, there is massive amounts of information available to help educate and to help you make good health choices, no matter what the age group.
The question raised in the title of this article, would have a resounding YES as the answer. The life you choose to lead, no matter what your field of interest, your level of education, or your level of income, your life is tremendously affected by your health. Maintaining your health is one of the most important things you can do as an individual to enjoy what time you have on this earth. It is also one of the most important things you can do for you family. As we become an older population, and our life expectancy increases, do we want to become burdens on our children? Or de we want our time with our children in our retirement years to be something we and they have enjoyed?
There are so many things to do in life that allow us to enjoy the fruits of our labor. But we need to survive to get to retirement to be able to enjoy them, the way society is structured. All of these options can be cut short if we haven’t taken the time to take care of ourselves during our working lives. This makes me question the wisdom of working to the best years of our lives, and perhaps we should adopt the lifestyle design theories of Tim Ferriss and take regard time to live while we can.
Quality is as important as quantity. Education of the healthy choices we can make, making the right health choices, and then living life to the fullest should be the ultimate goal of every person alive.