Solon: Making health a part of your life

Pio Solon
·3 min read

It was around this time last year when the country was first placed into quarantine. There was so much uncertainty. I was in Manila taking my Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 2 Course when news broke that domestic flights were going to be grounded. By grace and divine intervention, we made it back to Cebu in the nick of time.

The uncertainties continued. We stocked up on essentials and put up systems in place to disinfect and sanitize.

“Will we be able to shop for food? What will happen to students in school? Is it safe to even go out of our respective houses?” We did not have much information back then. As to the risk of the virus spreading, movie scenes played in our heads each and every time we heard the word “pandemic.” Much focus was brought into the terms “trust the science,” and for the first time in our lives, the focus on our health and that of our communities grew exponentially.

After a year or so of living with the virus, we now hopefully understand the role of our immune system and that the healthier we are, the more able we are to cope with infections.

So how do we make health a part of our daily lives? Here are some questions you can ask yourself, on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis to see if you are making health a part of your life.

How can I improve my eating habits?

For some, this may mean eating more of the good stuff like vegetables and fruits. For some, it’s eating less of the “sinful” stuff like junk food and sweets. It can be both too. For those who are further along in their journey, perhaps it’s time to take a better look at optimizing your supplementation and taking different forms of probiotics.

How can I improve my exercise habits?

This may mean different things to different people. This can be as simple as just getting started or to start getting more detailed. For those who lift a lot but don’t do cardiovascular exercise, maybe it’s time to do some cardio. For those who are fond of doing cardio, maybe doing some strength exercises could help switch things up.

How can I improve my personal routine?

This can mean the time we sleep and wake. We can look into our lifestyle activities if we’re “indulging” too much over the weekends. It might be also a good time to think about what you’re doing over the course of the day. Are you sitting too much at work? Do you even take time to de-stress? These are the questions we might answer when we think about our personal routines.

Making health a part of our lives is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of consistently making better decisions over the course of time. Being in good health has its rewards. Being in poor health, well, you may already know the consequences. As William Ernest Henley wrote, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”