The real "Are you healthy" challenge...

I am not sure if you have come across these or not, but there are a few "healthy" challenges floating around out there. They are trying to establish whether or not you are healthy by having you attempt meaningless tasks. In one of them you put a roll of quarters in between your collar bone and your neck, another is if you can reach your arm behind your back and touch your belly button. As a health conscious individual... ok, as a human... I am baffled by how this is a thing that people are doing, but not only doing, but getting others to do the same. If you really want to find out if you are healthy or not, here is a great place to start. I call it the "Enjoy a Healthy Life Challenge."

Part One:
Answer these three questions.
1. Can you sit down on the floor and then stand up rather quickly without any assistance from a person or furniture without pain or discomfort? 
2. Can you move your body through space without pain or discomfort at each of these three paces: Slow/Walk, Medium/Brisk Walk, and Quick/Speedy Walk (almost a jog)
3. Can you participate in your day to day life activities without pain or discomfort?

If you answered "YES" to each of these three questions, proceed to Part Two since you are generally healthy. This does not constitute as a diagnosis. Please see your health care provider for and specific concerns that you might have. Also, check out this study about the sit/stand test if you are so inclined. 
If you answered "NO" to any of these three questions, then there are areas that you have the opportunity to assess and work on to move on to Part Two. 

Part Two:
What extra curricular activities do you enjoy doing? What makes life fun? Can you do those activities without any pain or discomfort? 

If you enjoy playing golf, for example, but have not been able to partake in the activity without pain or discomfort, then you have a great opportunity to work with your health team to work towards that goal of returning to play without pain/discomfort. This could include general strengthening, weight reduction, weight gain, joint flexibility, pain management, diet modification, all among many other actions. 
If on the other hand, for example, you like to run and do so regularly without much pain/discomfort, then you might be looking towards your health team to help you achieve specific speed or distance goals. This could also include all of the actions above. 

No matter where you are in life, if you ask yourself these two sets of questions, you can have a pretty good snapshot of wether you are healthy, and things you can do to get the most out of life. Putting dirty coins on your collar bone or dislocating your shoulder trying to touch your belly button from behind your back are just recipes for disappointment and a poor body image of yourself and others. So, answer these questions, then consult with your health care team, and start living life to it's fullest!

Oh, are you not sure what a "Health Care Team" is? It is the collection of your primary care provider, and any complimentary partners that you include. These complimentary partners can include your chiropractor, massage practitioner, personal trainer, yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, Aerobics teacher, swim coach, running coach, acupuncturist, dietician, therapist, accountability partner, spouse, partner, friend, family... You get the point. It is everyone that you turn to for health care, advice, and support. If you are not sure who to include, just answer the questions, and see who can help you get to where you want to go, and move in the right direction.