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​Thanks for Health & Fitness

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Around Thanksgiving time, you may have heard people say what they are grateful for. These sentiments are typically about personal circumstances and people and are almost always strongly felt and well-intentioned. Only occasionally will you hear what almost everyone acknowledges we should be grateful for – our health.

This seems to be largely because we take our health for granted, almost like a fish may be unaware of water. It’s only when our health, or the health of someone close to us, is threatened that we are likely to stop and be thankful. It is useful here to explore this a little further.

You may have heard the expression that “if you have your health, you have everything.” While not literally true, it almost is, and points us in a good direction. That is, if you have more health, you have more. Just being alive is good, but being healthy is better, and being healthy and is even better. Being fit adds a joy to life that many of those out of shape have forgotten about. The joy of walking about, running about, leaping, cavorting. These are some of the joys of the body that slip away gradually from those who don’t exercise.

It doesn’t matter whether you thank God, circumstances, or just plain luck. The feeling of gratitude complements the feeling of health is a peaceful and satisfying way. Thank You!

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