Are You Playing With Your Health
Are You Playing With Your Health?
By Lisa Freeman, Author, Speaker, AKC Dog Trainer
American’s are more concerned with their health than ever before. Many are taking a handful of pills daily just to function. These over the counter and prescription remedies often bring temporary relief from aches and pains, but the underlying problem never seems to go away. Others work out and try to eat healthier foods.
KILLING IT WITH DIET AND EXERCISE
According to America’s Health Rankings although nearly 80 percent of American’s participate in some form of physical exercise, obesity and diabetes has risen over the past fifteen years by more than 50 percent (cited info). And although grocery stores and restaurants are now offering lower fat food, healthier choices, and even organic brands, America’s overall health has declined instead of improve.
The Bible says that physical exercise profits the body little, where spiritual exercise benefits us a lot--in this life and the one to come.
The American Medical Association states that “stress” is the cause of more than 60 percent of all health issues and considered the number one killer in America (cited info).
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY
In these tough, economical times most adults are over stressed and work some 50-70 hours per week just to pay their bills. When they come home, they are not relieved from stress, because then they are faced with even more duties; the cooking, the cleaning, the errands and the millions of other demands a family can bring. Therefore, they forfeit the one thing that can bring them health, happiness, and freedom from the stress that is slowly killing them.
What most American’s fail to realize is that their healing from stress and disease may be closer to home than they think. We often get so busy and consumed with our work, illnesses, and problems, that we forget to take time out just to play.
IT'S SMART TO PLAY
Our kids play and for good reason. It has been proven that children who have recess do better academically than those who don’t (cited info).
Our dog’s love to play too, and if they get the thirty minutes of play they need twice daily, they will be more obedient, happy, and healthy (cited info). No matter what activity you choose to do with your dog, they have been known to relieve stress in humans and even brighten moods. So, it’s a win-win situation (cited info).
A US News Health article stated that, “A little play can help solve big problems.” This article explained that when we play, our problems and challenges are naturally filtered through the unconscious mind and work themselves out (cited info). Besides, what could be more rewarding to you, your dog, and your family, than to play together?
The family that plays together, stays together—in health and and harmony!