Why Your Health is So Important – and Not Just to You!

As you envision your new life together and a future of health and happiness, remember that good health is not dieting into your beautiful new dress. It is the pathway to fulfilling your dreams. Your health is important to those who love you and want a lifetime of happiness for you.

Unfortunately, your happiness can be tarnished if you do not take care of your health. Physical activity has been proven repeatedly to relieve stress, increase energy levels, increase brain function and mood – even your libido!  All these are very important to your general well-being and quality of life.

If you’re not already active, it is never too late to start on a new path. Begin slowly. Walking, riding a bike or even jogging in place at home for 20-30 minutes a day just two or three days a week will make your heart, lungs and limbs happier.  As you become comfortable with your chosen workout, challenge yourself by adding new activities. Consider making small changes in your diet by cutting just 100 calories a day and adding a serving of fruits and vegetables. Do you need motivation? A fitness partner is a good way for both of you to commit to good health and friendship.

After marriage, do you plan on having a family? Being physically fit will help during those important nine months. Also, keep in mind that children learn by watching their parents. With obesity levels and diabetes at the highest rates in history, it is more important than ever to be alert to what your children learn from you. Make sure they’re learning healthy behaviors so they will make good choices when playing and snacking.

Search Institute has done extensive research on how children succeed in our world. They have uncovered 40 developmental assets (or key building blocks) children need to become productive adults.  Adult role model is one of these assets. (Visit www.searchinstitute.com for more information.) By teaching children to be active when they’re young, they’ll be in a much better position to grow into active, healthy teens and adults.

Now, as you plan your wedding and each day becomes more hectic, schedule time for you and your future by taking a brisk walk. You’ll be glad you did!

Submitted by the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, DeKalb

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