We evolved completely connected to Nature - knowing that we are part of Nature. Today, as we commute to work, spend much of the day sitting and thinking, feeling concerned about the future and burdened by the past, we are not exactly living in the moment, connected to our bodies and Nature. We all need a Tool Bag - a set of activities, ideas, reminders to keep us healthy. Here's my prescription:
1) A form of movement that you love, do outdoors, and is easily accessible - walking, running, skateboarding, biking, skipping - getting outside, fresh air in your lungs, the sights and smells of nature all around. Ideally, use it as your mode of transport.
2) Cultivate a spiritual practice that also includes movement - tend to your own energy by learning to do Tai Chi, yoga, or Qigong. Once you know how to practice, you can do these virtually anywhere - 10-15 minutes a day or several times a week will contribute significantly to your long term health. Notice how healthy long term practitioners of these arts appear!
3) Eat fresh food as much as possible.
4) Socialize with a few or many people at least once a week.
5) Drink your water.
6) Recruit your own health care team. Fill it with providers you trust who you can turn to when you need help. It may include great body worker, a physician, an acupuncturist, a counselor - whatever you need to help you stay in great condition - ask trusted friends or health care providers for recommendations.
For more information see The Center for Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in Seattle.