Millions of people begin each new calendar with goals aimed at helping them to get healthy. Others may take more stock in their current health situation when something happens that sends them to the doctor, giving them a wake-up call, or when they hit a certain age. The problem with this is that most people know what healthy is, but they aren’t quite sure how to assess themselves to see if they meet the definition. The more you know about what it means to be healthy and what to look for, the more you know if you are on the right track to meet and maintain those goals.
The good news for many is that it isn’t just one thing that makes someone healthy or not. It is a variety of factors that should be looked at to determine if someone is healthy. Looking at only one of the factors, such as someone’s weight, does not tell the whole story and can be misleading. After all, there are plenty of normal weight individuals who are not healthy.
“Often times, people judge health just on someone’s physical appearance, but there’s more to it than that,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “There is more to it than that when it comes to being healthy. We need to look at some individual signs and consider those that we may not be able to see by looking at someone.”
Here are some effective ways you can help determine if you are healthy or not.