If you exercise, you’re probably healthier than someone who’s never seen the inside of a gym or taken a walk for fun, but being physically fit is just one part of being healthy. Dietitian Rachel Hartley and Dr. Cindy Geyer explain that “optimum health is a combination of our physical, mental, and social well-being.” Not sure how healthy you are? Here are some signs you’re healthier than you think.
- You eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full - Listening to your body is a sign you have a good relationship with food. It’s healthier to eat until you’re satisfied, but not stuffed.
- You're eating enough - It’s important to eat enough calories so that you’re not weak or feeling moody and to eat a varied diet of different food categories.
- You can make it up two flights of stairs and feel good - You don’t have to be able to run a marathon to be in good shape. Being able to walk up two flights shows your body can perform high-intensity activity.
- You have the energy to do what you want - This one is a little more vague, but having the emotional and physical energy to do the things you want to is a good sign of good health.
- You can wake up without an alarm clock - Getting plenty of quality rest is important and so is waking up at the same time every day. If your internal clock is this good, it’s a sign you’re healthy.