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January 5, 2010

Stop Worrying About Your Health

Do you want to be healthier? Then stop worrying about your health. It sounds counter-intuitive, but chances are if you work at being healthy, you are probably healthier than you know. That's not to say you should slack off and stop trying, but attaining relatively good health is easier than people might think.

Dr. Love, a clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that failing to live by the various health rules is a major source of stress and guilt, particularly for women.

Guilt equals stress and stress is not good for your health. If you're someone who stresses that if they don't get their RDA of fruits and vegetables they'll drop dead, you're likely just fine. Because "healthy" isn't easy to define and is different for everybody, what is good for your wife may not be ideal for you. After all, the goal in life isn't to live forever, it's to live the longest you can with quality.

Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Diego, cautions against interpreting a relaxed health message as an excuse to overeat or stay sedentary.

While there is no need to feel guilty about not being perfect, you're not off the hook for trying to do better. Researchers suggest that many who would like to be healthier simply don't act to change because the information available is overwhelming. Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won’t Break Your Health by Dr. Susan M. Love helps to elucidate the most important aspects of being healthy.

Miriam E. Nelson, director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention at Tufts University, who has read the book, says it may help people realize that it is easier to be healthy than they thought.


Posted by linda at January 5, 2010 2:12 PM

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