Healthy living is beneficial on many levels – but it can also be overrated in some instances. ‘Bad choices’ are a part of life, ‘good choices’ are not always right for you.
Doctors and personal trainers would list the benefits of healthy eating, and they are not exaggerating; there are innumerable studies and enough scientific evidence showing how this is true for every one of us.
But how do we take this information? Are we becoming obsessed with living a healthy life? Is your execution of the idea defeating its own purpose?
Junk food and unhealthy choices are sometimes not bad
If you’re really ‘into’ fitness, chances are you’ve set a goal or at least have someone you look up to. Maybe you want to have great abs like Olympic gymnast Jake Dalton, or beautiful legs like female soccer player Sydney Leroux. Or you may not even know the guy on your poster is Greg Plitt, former fitness icon and actor before his tragic death in 2015.
Regardless of your role models, there’s something you need to know about each one of them. They are far from perfect. Sometimes they are impressively indulgent, more than you would ever imagine. And I’m not only talking about eating pizza on weekends or indulging in sugary foods and drinks before an upcoming match.
We also have very bad behaviors in famous athletes, like Dutch soccer player Johan Cruyff back in the 70s, who was a smoker and still held the title of the best player in Europe, and the second-best player in the 20th century after Pelé.
We could also talk about Wade Boggs, a Hall of Famer and one of the most acclaimed hitters in the history of baseball. With a record of over 3000 hits and a 328 batting average, he also held another less athletic achievement: he was famous for allegedly drinking over 100 beers in one day. We can’t confirm whether or not this “feat” actually took place, but his beer drinking was widely known. Not exactly what your doctor and trainer typically prescribes.
New data even appears to indicate that smokers apparently have an edge on defending against COVID-19 compared to non-smokers! https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/05/02/smokers-seem-less-likely-than-non-smokers-to-fall-ill-with-covid-19
The point is not to promote an unhealthy lifestyle but to let you know that there are two sides of the coin for every single truth, and that includes the concept of a healthy lifestyle.
If that’s the case, is it really necessary or even wise to be overly strict?
Do you need to take it easy?
We mentioned above how people can miss the whole point of health and wellness, becoming obsessed with every single detail. When this happens, we start having a long list of disadvantages instead of health benefits.
- Females under strenuous physical activity may experience serious hormonal disturbances
- Trying to fulfill their weight-loss goal, way too many people are adopting unhealthy nutritional habits that may even lead to bulimia and anorexia
- Overtraining can cause a type of burnout, which is impressively common in children and adolescents with supporting -or rather demanding- parents
- Under the belief that nutritional supplements are harmless, people often combine them and may develop vitamin toxicity and unexpected reactions
- Strict diets usually forbid a complete group of foods, and not providing the appropriate replacements could lead to nutritional deficiency symptoms
- Not achieving your expected goal, not having the appropriate ingredients for your next meal, and other situations may trigger anxious feelings and thoughts that may lead to depressive symptoms. They may even cause a breakdown in the immune system and other body systems.
The bottom line is, do not overdo, remember life and circumstances are always changing, and live a healthy life without making it an unhealthy concern.
The whole point of following a diet, adapting to a sleeping pattern, and doing exercise is to increase your quality of life. Enjoy what you’re doing, learn every day a bit more, and be flexible with yourself and the situation that develops in your day-to-day.
A healthy lifestyle is not meant to make you feel miserable. Quite the opposite, because if you don’t live your life today and feel happy about it, when will it be the most appropriate time?