The Importance of EDUCATION in Health and Well-being
“improving your life doesn’t have to be about changing everything – its about making the changes that count” – Oprah Winfrey
Before I start writing about this topic in particular, I feel like I should explain WHY this is becoming so important to me. Not only is it becoming so apparent in my everyday life but I am beginning to fall in love with the process too. Can I ever reach my potential? How do I get there?
My health over the past couple of years has been a rollercoaster. Now I can’t imagine any skint, club loving, traffic cone stealing, drunken kebab eating student in their 20’s will be at the peak of physical fitness, unless of course they have the determination and motivation to strive for said physical composition; but I, alongside many others have not had that. I do believe that in this day and age, technological and other influences have made us lazy, not only in body but in mind too. I see so many young adults like me spend at least 80% of their day sitting at desks (which there is nothing wrong with of course career wise) but tie that in with arriving home, sitting down with a greasy takeaway and watching Judge Rinder on catch up, it’s not a great mix.
I cannot deny, I am also victim to this. It’s hard not to be. But I also fell into the category of being sucked into media’s representation of what makes girls attractive and how a body should look. Without fully knowing what I was doing, I went down the route of living off tins of soup, pizza of course!… but only one slice. Low calorie microwave meals, forgetting to eat, eating too much, Haribo/ Percy Pig stashes beneath my bed, living off of numerous cups of coffee, half an apple with diet coke…. and downhill it went, you get the gist. Now Imagine the nutritional value in my diet, imagine how my body must have been SCREAMING.