I’m not always the picture of perfect health.
After a two-year stint as a vegetarian, I now crave cheeseburgers.
I pass over light beer in favor of calorie-heavy, albeit delicious, craft brews.
And while I stock my desk with healthy snacks, sometimes I’m tempted by the brownies in the break room.
But I run — or at least try to.
Late last year, I completed my first 5K. Soon after, I registered for my second on March 10.
I’ll admit, after nine hours at work and more than an hour on the road commuting, it’s tough hitting the gym at the end of the day.
But sitting on the couch eating ice cream and watching HGTV marathons isn’t going to do anything positive for my waistline — or my overall health.
I’m learning to celebrate the little victories: Pushing through a three-day streak at the YMCA, drinking water instead of a sweet tea with dinner, waking up early to eat breakfast, and trying a spinning class with a co-worker.
Healthy living isn’t one size fits all. It’s not just about what size pants you wear or always choosing a banana over a chocolate bar.
It’s about taking care of your whole self — learning to relax, getting annual checkups and knowing where the food you put in your body comes from.
And, if we’re honest, it’s something we all need to work at.
This issue of Smart takes a look at all the facets of healthy living.
Sometimes, it’s about taking the first step, like Sarah Rentzel Jones, whose story is featured on page 10. She started running last April in memory of her father and completed her first half-marathon in the fall.
Jones and other athletes — seasoned or new to the game — need the right gear to stay fit. We highlight some of our favorite athletic wear and exercise equipment in bright colors and fun fabrics from local retailers on pages 7 and 24.
Parents hope their kids will pick up on their good habits, but getting your child to eat his broccoli isn’t always easy. Get tips from local experts on raising healthy eaters on page 38. And if your children need a little inspiration to put down the video game controller, find ways to exercise as a family on page 28.
In this issue, we also take a look at what York is doing to get people moving on page 13. Mayor Bracey’s initiatives inspired us to have a conversation about making a stronger impact on our community’s health. We hope our newest blog, No Sweat, York, will do just that.
When you’ve finished this issue, let’s continue this journey to healthy living at www.yorkblog.com/nosweat.
I’ll see you there.
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