Episode 008: What does "healthy" even mean?!

Hey everyone and welcome back to the STAVE OFF Podcast!

We hope that you are doing amazing and are heading off 2017 with a bang.
For many people, the New Year means new goals … many of which pertain to improving some aspect of your health (if you haven’t yet, check out our last podcast on New Years Resolutions!).

But what does healthy even mean?

I think that it is so easy for us to think about health and focus on the physical side of it. Our eyes make up our world and so what we see in the mirror can dictate what we believe healthy to be.

At STAVE OFF, we have our PILLARS. These pillars refer to health as being composed of different dimensions. These dimensions of well-being include pillars, exercise, medical care, sleep, healthy eating, gym

  • Physical well-being
  • Emotional well-being
  • Spiritual well-being
  • Social well-being and
  • Financial well-being



Although we separate these healthy lifestyle practices into dimensions, they are not distinct. Each aspect feeds into the other.

If you exercise, you don’t just feel physically better

Healthy dimensions feed into one another. An easy example is exercise. When we exercise, physically we feel good. Our hearts get pumping and our energy level goes up (okay maybe not RIGHT after haha). But it also effects our emotional well-being dimension. Our risk of mental health issues goes down. People who exercise are less likely to exhibit signs of depression and anxiety (see our article on the topic here).

Exercise can also be something fun that you do with friends and family. In that respect, you’re boosting your social well-being dimension. Social health is super important and research is starting to figure that out (here’s an article on that too!)

It all connects!

Anyways, check out the episode and let us know what you think!

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Christina Prevett

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