2 Your Health – Eating good + looking good = feeling good

When you are a Robson resident, you realize that among our citizens, the one topic that seems to come up most often is health issues. Whether it is illness, an accident, or just plain feeling tired, part of growing older is knowing that sooner or later, you are going to face health problems. We all know that prevention is important. Health professionals tell us that good health starts with diet and exercise. But it is hard to change the patterns of a lifetime. “I have been eating rare steaks and great desserts and snacks all my life. Why change now?” The answer to that common question is that medical research shows that what we ate when we were younger shows up in our overall health as we age. The good news is that it is not too late to change our eating habits. Nutrition is all about what we eat and how it is prepared. As for exercise, it can be as simple as just walking around our wonderful Robson neighborhoods.
Our health is also directly related to our mental attitude. Our outlook on life, interactions with others and confidence can all effect our mental health. In today’s world we are bombarded with pictures and ads that claim we can/should look a certain way. No wrinkles, no drooping features and everyone is physically fit! Advertisement tries to make us feel that if we look perfect, we will feel perfect. How you view yourself physically can make a huge impact on your mental health. If you are active and eating well and have positive interactions with others, you are more likely to feel good about life and yourself. The great news is you can impact all those areas of your life.
Most of us need accountability, education and support to change habits in our lives. Find a group of like-minded people that are trying to make the same changes and help each other. Here at Robson there is a group for everyone. Seek out health professionals that will sit down and educate you on positive changes you can make from diet and exercise to mental or spiritual health that can change you from the inside out. We feel better when we look better. Try new things like a new hairstyle, learn a new game or go to a place you have never been before. Your brain responds to new stimuli and sends out endorphins that make you feel better.
It is more challenging to make changes as we age so we have to work harder and longer but the rewards of making positive changes can be more apparent and longer lasting. If you are not sure where to start then talk to a health professional and make a plan to reach your goals one step at a time.