Archive for December, 2011

Peripheral Health

When we think of a person’s health we usually think of them being active and energetic, relatively slim and well toned and generally looking and feeling good in themselves. This is the main part of it for sure, but there are other factors that can also be taken into consideration when thinking about a person’s overall health. That includes things that surround them on their periphery, or their peripheral health.

These things will include the state of their lifestyle, their job and what they do all day, how stressful it is or is not a the case may be. It looks at where they live and if they live in a healthier house than most that being a clean, tidy and unpolluted home or if their home is untidy, unkempt and dirty. It will also include what they do in their spare time and who they do it with!

All these things come together to form an outer layer of life choices that can all affect a person’s health in general (see: for more information). For instance, if a person is doing a job they really enjoy, then there is little or no stress associated with it. It could be an outdoor job working with animals or working on the land in some way, meaning lots of exposure to natural daylight and fresh air. Or it could be an office job where they are stuck indoors all day at a desk with little or no exercise, no natural daylight and only recycled air from an internal air conditioning system. Their diet could be awful and made up of junk food and soda and too much coffee, or it could be healthy and washed down with lots of plain water.

When they do in their spare time is also important to health. If they sit in front of the TV all evening until its time to go to bed and eat snacks all the while, then it can negatively affect health on a number of different levels. Whereas the person who gets out of the house in the evenings and has lots of different hobbies and interests that keeps them busy, they don’t have much time to be lazy or eat snacks so it will positively impact their health levels.

It really all depends on what you do with yourself all day and all night that will determine the state of your health and whether you can enjoy good or ill for the long term. The choice is always down to the individual and depending upon that choice they may enjoy their lives to the full or have a miserable time of it or anywhere in between!