Here's to Your Health
By Tater Barley Banks | Comment Diversions | January 15, 2011 |
We know Pajibans are scathing and bitchy. Who knew we were psychic too?
Into my "In" basket came this, from the stupendiawesome Mrs. Smith, to whom I couldn't be more grateful:
Mrs Smith here. I've got a suggestion for a comment diversion for you.
With it being the new year and all, almost everyone on Earth is thinking about ways to improve their health and/or lifestyle in order to stave off imminent death.* Some are hoping to lose weight, some are trying to get more exercise, some may be trying to drop a bad habit like smoking or drinking-- all in hopes of feeling or looking better in 2011.
So, how "healthy" are the 'jibans? As a group it seems we probably have some bad-ish habits, and a few have suffered extreme health scares but overall, are we really sickly and unhealthy, obese, arthritic, and heart-attack prone; are we a group of super-fit, raw food-eating gym bunnies or, do we fall somewhere in between.
I, for one, am actually super-fit in a cardio sense; I work out regularly (I teach spinning, weight-lifting and mixed martial arts classes part time), but I could definitely stand to lose at least 20 pounds. I don't smoke, but I do love a good g&t or a glass of red wine at dinner and I eat red meat and enjoy the occasional Arby's Beef & Cheddar with a jamoca shake. I like to think that my gym routine sets off my less savory eating and drinking habits, but who knows, just because my Vo2max is in the superior range for a 20 year old (I'm 48), it doesn't mean that I won't be struck down tomorrow with arthritis or colon cancer, both of which run in my family. I did sign up for Weight Watchers (again) on Jan 2 and will probably get those 20 pounds off, but I'll still be "pleasingly plump" especially for a group fitness instructor, and I'm cool with that as long as I can get back into my work clothes and not look like a sausage in my padded bike shorts.
So how about it. Are we a bunch of junk food junkies, raging alcoholics, steroid pumpers, sedentary office workers, high-metabolism youngsters, or some other form of human body types, and what, if any, plans do you have to change your health and lifestyle choices in the new year?
*For tax reasons, some rich people may feel this is a good year to kick, since the so-called death tax is in a lapsed year and that means when you die, your family will not have to pay taxes on your estate. I am not a tax expert, so don't do anything foolish based on this information.
Well, as you might imagine, long-term health goals are on the back burner for me right now. I just hope I feel better tomorrow.
What about the rest of you?
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