We all know that it is better to be healthy than to be unhealthy, to eat well as opposed to poorly and to be physically active versus being sedentary. Most of us know that a healthy diet and exercise can help to prevent some of the most common causes of death in the United States, including cardiovascular disease. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health, just 150 minutes of exercise a week can prevent all-cause mortality by an incredible 33%. By its very definition, to be healthy is to be whole and yet in practice, it can seem like an impossible task — why is it so hard to be healthy?

One explanation is that we are hardwired to prioritize our present over our future, to focus on our immediate wants and needs at the expense of our future health and wellbeing. We all want to lead a long and healthy life, to enjoy our time with our friends and family, and yet we find it difficult to make decisions today that will help guarantee our health tomorrow.

Dr. Ann Lebeck is a physician and the owner of Kynetic Health — a clinic in Sierra Vista that specializes in Sports and Regenerative Medicine.

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