When you’re working in certain industries, the mad rush of the festive season comes around at least twice a year because in addition to the Christmas holiday season, there’s just as much restlessness and fidgetiness when the financial year-end approaches. Accountants and other colleagues working in the financial division seem to take centre-stage in a race to get all the numbers balanced, while the rest of us get to enjoy a little bit more of a relaxed corporate environment.

On one such occasion management had us enrolled in a series of team building corporate events to capitalise on all the restless energy in the air and a colleague of mine sparked a long conversation about the relevance of eating healthily and exercising when he spotted me choosing some of the healthier options of snacks made available by the Flavours office catering team, which was tasked with the catering.

My colleague went on about how dedicating one’s life to eating and living healthily often just turns out to be a waste of time, citing stories of a super-fit gym rat who died as a result of being involved in a car accident and of a couple of health nuts who went on to develop serious illnesses, one of which was cancer. The argument then pointed to living healthily being pointless, which is rather sad because I think people who think this way are missing the point completely.

Living healthily and choosing to take care of your body and mind is not about chasing immortality. The aim is not to live forever, but rather to be as healthy as possible for as long as you live, quite frankly because there’s a difference between a healthy body and an unhealthy one. There’s a huge difference.

A healthy body recovers much quicker from those illnesses which manage to break through the barrier of a strong immune system that comes with being healthy and you just enjoy life’s simple pleasures more. You don’t get out of breath from just walking up a flight of stairs, you have more energy which is produced by the body in a natural and safe way, and you just generally function better as a biological being which interacts seamlessly with your environment.

Besides, eating healthy foods and putting your body through some rigorous physical challenges can be a lot of fun too. I personally enjoy the post-workout pain that comes with the build-up of lactic acid in my muscles, especially if I go for a massage at the health spa afterwards. There are plenty of healthy ways to indulge, which if done right, are straight up ways of indulging without much thought of the associated “healthiness.”

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