OK, I don't profess to know the secret of being healthy - I would be a wealthy woman if I did. However, I've been hanging out with two friends of mine here in Wroclaw, Poland and I've noticed something interesting. I would consider myself a somewhat healthy person. I move as much as I can, eat clean for the most part, I do yoga, meditate, meander along the river, eat my greens and generally maintain a regular life leaning towards being 'healthy'.
That said, my natural state is: Sloth 85%, Monkey 15%.
My efforts at being healthy are exactly that, an effort. I make myself go out every day to get more movement in my life. To walk the 5000 - 10,000 steps a day. I make myself sit on my yoga mat as often as I can because I know an hour long ashtanga practice makes me feel great after. I deliberately pick a salad even when my heart is urging me to go for that creamy pasta.
So back to my two friends. These people are just so naturally active it makes me tired even thinking about the things that they do. As I write this they're out for an hour long run while I made an excuse about not having my running shoes with me. Both of them run their own successful businesses. They go for morning runs, spend time working in the office, in the evening instead of sitting in front of the TV they go for a walk, or maybe wakeboarding, or just do things that include human connectiong and being outdoors.
Watching these two I realize that their natural state is movement. And not a frantic rush to the gym to get in their hour of workout. No, they just enjoy moving. I don't have to mention that both are slim and toned. Not thin. But slim. Their natural body weight and shape.
Now as someone whose natural state is sleep, I know it's hard to suddenly be all like, "Oh yeah! Nature! Outdoor! RUN!"
But I'm inspired by them. I believe that this is something that one can train the body to do. When I had a 6 day ashtanga practice my body started craving yoga. So it is possible.
And I personally believe that this is the secret to being healthy. The belief that the body's natural state is movement and the body naturally craves vegetables and real food. Instead of striving to be healthy. Or getting that check next to 'workout' and being content that you've done your exercise for the day and now you can be a sloth. If you believe that your natural state is movement, then you will not complain if you have to walk places, or up four flights of stairs. However if you believe that your natural state is sitting, then you will.
It's a theory, and I'm going to test it. Watch this space ;)