Food Wise: There is More to Health Than Food

| 1/6/2009 12:21:02 PM

New Year’s resolutions have never been a big part of my life. On occasion I have been determined to lose weight, exercise more or be more organized in the New Year, but I must admit, I never stick with it.

This year may be different, however. My age is starting to get to me. I am turning 30 this year, which I know is young in the big scheme of things, and many people say I look younger, but I am very aware that this July I will no longer be in my 20s.

Yesterday I ran into the Real Age website, which I know is nothing new, as it has been featured virtually in every major media outlet, but I had never paid attention to it before. I decided it could be a good place to start figuring out if I am healthy and young or not. It turns out my “Real Age” is 2.4 years younger than my actual age—what a relief!—mainly because of my healthy diet, which includes lots of vegetables, legumes and whole grains, and no red meat.

The one thing I do need to improve is my amount of exercise, which apparently makes me less young. While I am not completely sedentary, I know I am not active either. I have never played organized sports and jogging bores me.

My goal in practicing yoga is to achieve serenity and improve my flexibility.

One of my main problems is that I have no sense of competition when it comes to sports, so nothing really motivates me. I give up too easy. From time to time I have enjoyed working out. For example, the year after I graduated college I went to the gym four times a week for about an hour each time. Somehow it helped me go through the transition of becoming an adult, but once I moved out of my parents’ house, it was back to working out only when I remembered, which wasn’t often. The year before I got married I went to yoga twice weekly for six months, and I enjoyed it immensely. As my life changed so did my exercise habits, and I am now back to working out irregularly. Between the holidays, work and being sick, the last time I exercised was December 26, when I went for a long, brisk walk with my parents. That was 11 days ago!