Isn’t it about time that we took better notice of the health of the nation and how we all have an individual role to play in improving it?

I filled out my online census form the other day. Very comprehensive it was too and I was happy to participate form knowing that the results will help tell us who we are as a nation, where we are going and will help plan infrastructure, community facilities, hospitals, schools, etc.

It’s a worthwhile exercise and justifies the attention, time and resources thrown at it.

However, do we take the same notice of surveys that assess the health of the nation?

As someone who has chosen to make a living in the fitness profession, I would suggest that we don’t.

I wrote about our collective lack of a commitment to improving our health in a previous post and it never fails to shock me when I read the obesity stats for this country of ours:

63% of Australians are overweight – with men are leading the way at 70%.

And AIA Australia’s Healthy Living Index Monitor states that 71% of us would like to lose a little or a lot of weight and cited healthy eating as the second highest driver of healthy living…and friends seem to be a negative influence on our healthy living.

Further:

o 52% of Australians are trying to eat more vegetables and fruits in their diets everyday;

o 51% are trying to drink more water each day;

o 40% are trying to have less sweets/snacks; and

o 26% are trying to reduce their alcohol consumption.

We need to stop ‘trying’ and call our own bullshit out, and it’s time to execute! It’s time to get fit.

Maybe it’s time to spend a few less boozy weekends with friends and more time looking after your body. It’s time to get healthy.

A young man preparing vegetable in a white kitchen. Time for a census for our health.

My ‘stream of consciousness‘ commitments to a healthier you

Stay inspired. Drink water. Exercise harder. Eat healthy foods. Become a better chef.

Find new fitness challenges. Lose more weight.

You look better when you’re fit and healthy, so if you’re single go out and get some lovin’ or find a date. If you’re attached, make love to your partner with new energy.

Go on a long hike with a good friend and a grab a beer at the end. Watch less TV and do more walking.

Get your children involved in sports. Teach your children about a healthy lifestyle. Play a sport with your kids and have some laughs.

Spend more times in the outdoors. Share recipes with your buddies.

Get a personal trainer. Become a personal trainer.

Travel more (Covid permitting). Smile more. Laugh more. Bitch less. 

Look people in the eyes and shake hands like you mean it (Covid permitting again)

Be patient. Hold more doors.

Go to bed…sober. Wake up early and watch a sunrise.

Then go for a hike, and you’ll feel like the planet is yours.

Exercise hard, grab a red wine, and watch a sunset. Keep stretching. Buy a Labrador.

Go on long jogs with your Labrador. Swim with your Labrador.

Turn the computer off. Watch less bulls–t television. Watch less bulls–t ‘reality’ television.

Write more. Read more. Keep in touch with your energy. Keep it positive.

Check in with yourself every 10 days to make sure you’re smiling, relaxing, and loving.

Drink more water. Drink less sugary bulls–t energy drinks. Ease up on the booze.

Be satisfied with the mobile you have…it’s just a phone.

Throw the video games in the trash and don’t worry about the bigger, slimmer television coming out next month.

Jump some rope. Keep rowing. Keep doing the burpees. Hate the stairs, but love the stairs.

Help a friend with his/her own lifestyle change. Give a homeless guy a couple of bucks.

Weigh yourself in three weeks time and three weeks after that.

Spend less time on the couch. Spend less time in the dessert aisle.

Eat your vegetables. Learn more about vegetables. Grow your vegetables.

Keep sweating, swearing, and laughing. Exercise. Subscribe to a fitness program.

Buy new jeans. Buy a outfit. Buy new fitness gear.

Get a new haircut. Jump. Laugh. Run as fast as you can. Reach the top of those stairs with a smile.

Challenge yourself in the outdoors with the sun shining on you, then shower, then relax with a movie.

Tell your parents you love them.

Tell your partner who supported you during the Covid lockdowns how grateful you are for his/her support.

Look him/her in the eyes, and say those three magic words.

Make your healthier lifestyle a permenant lifestyle

Always come back to this – I must stay healthy…because I have to.

Because it’s the best way to live;

Because it’s a good example for the next generation;

Because an individual can’t love, run, and have fun while fun when ill;

Because we owe it to our families to be around for a while;

Because improving our quality of life is so damn important;

Because the cost of healthcare is out of control;

Because a healthier person looks like a younger and fresher person;

Because taking medication sucks and a we don’t find health in a chemistry set;

Because if you were born healthy, that is an amazing gift that we should honour as we have grown into adults.

Be healthy, stay fit, and keep going!