SOUND MIND, SOUND BODY: In parting, remember to get healthy, stay healthy

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As I write my last article, I can not help but emphasize that diet and exercise is the new medication.

Healthy living is challenging in a society of increasing living expenses and stress. However, recognizing the benefits or your past successes to proper nutrition and exercise is vital to succeed.

Healthy living is often hindered with excuses, low self-esteem or lack of financial resources. There are numerous free ways to exercise through walking, at-home dvds, online videos and portable equipment that can be used at home or at the local park.

My recommendation to you is to find what you enjoy most about exercise. Remember, a healthy lifestyle should be enjoyable and not dreadful.

As society progresses towards inflating prices it is easy to purchase that one dollar burger and fry. With that being said, the obesity epidemic has been around since the beginning of fast food; however, with cultural changes the epidemic has gotten worse. This obesity issue will continue to increase.

In addition, even if you have a disease that hinders weight management or have "bad genes," working out gives the body refreshing energy that is needed for people who automatically have low to no energy from poor health, disease or medication.

There are thin people who are not healthy and there are overweight people who are very healthy.

It is vital to learn that exercise feels good for the mind and body, and that many people struggle with adherence to exercise.

My thoughts and blessings go out to the folks of Walla Walla to change their lifestyle not only for them, but for their family and community. Take the time to 'stop and smell the flowers.' It will be mentally refreshing and physically beneficial.

You are the leader of your life, and it is up to you to find the motivation and commitment to kickstart your healthy life.

Living in Seattle is active physically and mentally, but I will always remember my Walla Walla experience, which holds a special place in my heart.

Get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy!

I welcome all questions and comments to my personal e-mail ekovar.yoga@yahoo.com about health or wellness.

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