. . . to have the healthiest overall health in the long run? Think about it. I didn’t ask, “What are the healthiest actions you can take in the moment?” The answer to that question for most people would be a form of “super behavior”, maybe an ideal super activity (if there is such a thing) or perfect eating (whatever that is!). Even if we could define a perfect set of habits, ideal – or perfect – health behavior is just not something any of us can keep doing for long.
So the real question – the one that will cause you to be your healthiest – has to have a longer range outlook. In other words, how does this way of living that I am doing right now affect how I behave in future moments, weeks, or years?
Over-aggressive effort usually ends up polarizing our habits. We get really “good” sets of habits and equally “bad” ones. And then we have the overall habit that includes swinging between the two poles. Not ideal for health, not ideal for mood, and not ideal for ultimate well being.
So, looking at how current health-related activities will affect our ultimate health outcome is crucial. It is why I am a proponent of finding the balancing point between the two extremes and making an overall habit out of being more consistent.
The result? A level head, a level weight, a level mood, . . . . simply more balance. Simply better!